Residency Program

Department Chair talking with Chief Resident
Dr. Kathleen Bell and Chief Resident Dr. Nasser Ayyad discuss a recently published article regarding treatment methods for concussion.

The UT Southwestern Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program delivers a broad educational experience for both allopathic and osteopathic resident physicians. Our residents collaborate with other disciplines and medical specialties to best treat physical and cognitive impairments. Residents will also participate in educating patients, caregivers, the local community, and medical students on various PM&R topics.

A new curriculum offers both traditional lectures in addition to hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and introductory and advanced lecture series. Additionally, a renewed Department focus on research increases resident exposure and participation in the research process. 

Our ACGME-accredited Residency Program consists of 33 residents total. We have six categorical positions and provide an intern year for these residents, as well as three advanced positions.

Lecture Series and Educational Resources

Our Program offers an 18-month core curriculum structure based on the topics covered in Parts I and II of the American Board of PM&R Examination:

  • Protected lecture time on Friday mornings
  • Annual introductory and advanced lecture series in July
  • Curriculum includes hands-on workshops and panel discussions
  • On-field and preseason participation in sports evaluation and management

The PM&R Department offers monthly Grand Rounds and monthly Journal Club. Each PGY-2 resident has the opportunity to receive a Microsoft Surface tablet for study and work purposes in lieu of educational/textbook money. All residents have access to numerous electronic books via the Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center, including core PM&R textbooks, such as Braddom’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. An additional educational stipend will be provided during the PGY3 and PGY4 years.

2016-2017 Rotation Schedule

PGY1 Categorical Intern Rotations occur at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems (PHHS) and the VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS). Each inpatient rotation lasts four weeks, followed by one week of outpatient clinics.

PGY1 Rotations

  • Internal Medicine wards
  • Neurology Stroke
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • MSK Radiology
  • Surgery (two weeks of Burn Surgery and two weeks of Trauma Surgery)

PGY2-PGY4 rotations are on a six-week block schedule at sites that include Parkland Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, Clements University Hospital, VANTHCS, Children’s Medical Center, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

PGY2 Rotations

  • PHHS inpatient rehabilitation (12 weeks)
  • VANTHCS spinal cord injury (six weeks)
  • VANTHCS inpatient rehabilitation (six weeks)
  • UTSW inpatient rehabilitation (18 weeks)
  • PHHS inpatient consults and Outpatient Clinics (nine weeks)
  • PHHS/UTSW night float (three weeks)

PGY3 Rotations

  • UTSW Spine Outpatient Clinic (three weeks)
  • Children’s Medical Center Outpatient Pediatric MSK (three weeks)
  • VANTHCS Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Clinic (three weeks)
  • PHHS PM&R consults and Outpatient Clinics (15 weeks)
  • PHHS/UTSW night float (three weeks)
  • PHHS intro to EMG (six weeks)
  • VANTHCS EMG (12 weeks)
  • UTSW inpatient rehabilitation (six weeks)

PGY4 Rotations

  • VANTHCS Musculoskeletal Outpatient Clinics (six weeks)
  • VANTHCS PM&R consults (six weeks)
  • PHHS EMG (six weeks)
  • UTSW inpatient consults (six weeks)
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas inpatient rehabilitation (six weeks)
  • Research elective (three weeks)
  • UTSW Outpatient PM&R Clinics (three weeks)
  • Children’s Medical Center Outpatient Clinics and inpatient PM&R consults (six weeks)
  • PHHS inpatient consults and Outpatient Clinics (six weeks)
  • UTSW Spine and Injections Outpatient Clinics (three weeks)
  • PHHS selective rotation (three weeks)

Call Schedule

There are separate on-call coverage arrangements for each rotation site. During calls at each site, residents are the first call with a faculty attending the second call. Except for the VANTHCS, all call and night float is done in-house. The VANTHCS is the home call. PGY4 residents do not take calls.

Night Float

Our Program has adopted a scheduled night float rotation during the PGY2 and PGY3 years for three weeks each year. Night float starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 a.m. the next day. Night float covers inpatient rehabilitation units at PHHS and UTSW’s Zale Lipshy Hospital.

Weekend Call

Infrequent weekend call is one of the benefits of a large residency program. PGY2 and PGY3 split weekend calls. Residents have approximately 6-weekend calls in a year. Call responsibilities include rounding on the inpatient rehabilitation patients at Zale Lipshy University Hospital with the on-call attending and cross-covering the PHHS Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.


The resident on VANTHCS home call covers the Spinal Cord Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.  This is done during the PGY2 year and is structured as a week on and week off. During the home call week, the resident is required to round on Saturday with the on-call attending for the SCI Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

Holiday Call

Residents do not work on holidays observed by PHHS unless they are scheduled for holiday call coverage. Holiday call is split among PGY2s. PGY3 and PGY4 residents do not take holiday call.


A full explanation of salary and benefits can be found at Parkland Health and Hospital System GME Benefits.