Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Penn State College of Medicine
The mission of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is to offer complete rehabilitation care through inpatient and outpatient services, excellence in PM and R research, and education and training of the future academic and community leaders in physical medicine.
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was established in 2010.
Its administrative offices and outpatient clinics are in Penn State Rehabilitation Hospital in Hummelstown, PA.
The department has grown to include several physiatrists, neuropsychologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants; additional recruitment is ongoing for clinical and research faculty.
The department also offers a four-year, ACGME-accredited residency.
Lori Grafton, MD
Interim Chair and Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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More about Physical Medicine @ Penn State
Education in Physical Medicine
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a variety of education programs to future and current physical medicine and rehabilitation practitioners.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers many opportunities for growth and experience in the medical field. The program is a three-year advanced program for post-graduate years two though four and combines both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation medicine.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship is an elective for third- and fourth-year medical students interested in gaining experience in the field of adult and pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation.
A variety of continuing education opportunities are available in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and offer advanced training to physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and others involved in the practice of PM and R.
Research in Physical Medicine
The 4,500-square-foot Penn State PM and R Research Laboratories include exercise, body composition, locomotor training and gait laboratories at the Hershey Center for Applied Research (HCAR).
Our research seeks to offer insight into the physiology and rehabilitation of patients with, but not limited to:
- Spinal cord injury
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Neurological disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Chronic pain
- Traumatic brain injury
A variety of exercise and body composition assessment equipment totaling well over $1 million is available. In addition, a $500,000 biomechanics gait laboratory is scheduled to be added.
Clinical Care in Physical Medicine
Our PM and R physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) work with patients to treat pain, restore function and return them to a healthy lifestyle.
We offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to our patients. Our focus is on providing high-quality care to people of all ages with all types of health conditions.
Penn State Health offers the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in central Pennsylvania. We provide intensive and acute care, as well as transitional care from the hospital and into a home or a nursing facility.
The Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities have both recognized Penn State's rehabilitation program as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for both adults and children.
Explore Programs in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- For Medical Students: Clerkships, acting internships and electives
- Continuing Education: Credits are offered for various programs such as Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Management and more. See Continuing Education opportunities
- Residency (ACGME-approved): Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency
- Fellowships (ACGME-approved): Brain Injury Fellowship and Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship
Jobs in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Information on jobs that may be available in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation can be found at psu.jobs (for non-clinical positions) or careers.pennstatehealth.org (for clinical positions). All applications must be made through those sites.