Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship

ORTHO 303C. Clinical Clerkship in Rehabilitation Medicine (SCVMC) S1 (Open to Visitors)

The Rehabilitation Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) is a national leader in the advancement of rehabilitation and a core training site for the Stanford Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency (PM&R) program.  The Rehabilitation Center at SCVMC is accredited by the Commission of the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and we have treated individuals with brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and other disabling neurological conditions since 1971.

Our clerkship emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the patient severely disabled by acute spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, major trauma, and other neurologic disabilities. Concentration is on clinical evaluation, prevention of complications and participation in long-term planning for maximum independence and improving the quality of life for the patient.

The student functions integrally as a member of the treatment team and participates in all aspects of patient care, including acute admissions of spinal cord-injured patients, multidisciplinary evaluations of new admissions, patient care rounds, teaching and team conferences, therapy sessions, formal case presentations, neuroscience grand rounds, journal club and didactic lectures. The team approach, using multiple medical and therapeutic modalities, is key to our patients’ success.

Students will observe and participate in routinely performed procedures that aide in optimizing function including peripheral joint injections, chemodenervation, peripheral nerve blocks and intrathecal baclofen pump management for spasticity.  Additionally, they may participate in electrodiagnostic studies that aide in diagnosis of peripheral nervous system pathology.     

Students may also have the opportunity to study the lifestyles of outpatients when they return to the community, investigate community resources and assess the ongoing medical issues of individuals with disabilities in PM&R outpatient clinics.

Clerkships are available in spinal cord injury, brain injury, inpatient consults, and outpatient PM&R clinics and must be scheduled in advance by calling the clerkship coordinator listed below before registering.

Prereq: Medicine 300A. Will accept third and fourth year students.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full time for four or eight weeks. Space is limited.

Reporting Instructions

Where: SCVMC, Room 1A012 (Sobrato Pavilion)
Visitors call (408) 885-2100. Proof of PPD, Rubella and malpractice insurance required.
Time: 8:00 am.
Units: 6 or 12
DropCode: Call Code: 0
Director: James Crew, M.D.
Other Faculty: J. Crew, K. Shem,  S. McKenna, M. Mian, E.  Chaw, T. Duong, H. Huie,  E.  Huang, R.  Wang, P. Varma
Coordinator: Teresa Goodman (408) 885-2030


ORTHO 304A. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship (SUMC) S1 (Open to Visitors)

Typically students spend time at the Palo Alto VA doing both inpatient and outpatient PM&R, and often we can accommodate preferences for exposure to a given VA PM&R service. The polytrauma rehabilitation center is one of five national centers that treat active duty military patients.

Students may also request time at the VA’s dedicated spinal cord injury inpatient service, at outpatient musculoskeletal clinics, at the electromyography clinic and at prosthetics clinic. Often, we can facilitate time on the Stanford inpatient PM&R consultation service or at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center on inpatient and/or outpatient.  Sometimes we can arrange for a half day of at the Stanford Redwood City clinics observing interventional spine or sports.

For Stanford students, this rotation may fulfill your selective 1 or elective requirements. Please note: Visiting students must obtain approval before applying for this clerkship.

To request approval, please contact Erin Nelligan at

Prereq: None.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full time for two or four weeks. 3 students per period.

Reporting Instructions

Where: Outpatient Clinic
Time: 8:30 am.
Units: 3 or 6
DropCode: Call Code: 0
Director: Theodore Scott, M.D.
Other Faculty: M. Fredericson, J Levin, E. Roh, M. Smuck
Coordinator: Erin Nelligan (650) 721-7627, Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center