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ME-449 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Elective

Director: Nicholas Spellman, MD

Location: Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA


This elective provides a custom designed experience in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation based on the interests of the individual student.  Students can elect for a broad exposure to the field, or concentrate in a specific area including outpatient, acute inpatient, subacute inpatient, trauma, and electromyography testing.  This elective is recommended for students contemplating a career in physical medicine and Rehabilitation as well as those anticipating a career in primary care.


The student will...

  • strengthen neurological and musculoskeletal history and examination skills.
  • examine patients, write notes and orders under the supervision of an attending.
  • perform initial consults and follow-up in conjunction with an attending physician.
  • develop an appreciation for the role that physical medicine and rehabilitation plays in the comprehensive management of disabled patients.
  • be encouraged to give a brief (15 minute) presentation on a topic of interest.

Course Number



4 weeks

Hours per Week


Night Call/Weekends



1 student per Block

Alternate Dates

Yes, at the discretion of the Director



On-Campus Housing

Available on a first-come, first-served basis

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Medicine Clerkship.

If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.