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 designated by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) model program (the only such designation in Northern California).

Our clerkship emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the patient severely disabled by acute spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke 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 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 physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) outpatient clinics.

Clerkships are available in spinal cord injury, TBI/stroke and outpatient 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 1C045 (Old Main, 1st Floor)
Visitors call (408) 885-2000. 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: K. Shem, B.  Giap, T. Duong, S. McKenna, M. Nguyen, J.  Crew, E.  Chaw, E.  Huang, R.  Wang, H.  Huie
Coordinator: Teresa Goodman (408) 885-2030

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

This rotation allows medical students to gain exposure to a broad variety of PM&R practices. Students should email Erin Nelligan, to communicate any preferences of how they’d like to spend the rotation. 

We can often accommodate students who wish to focus on a particular interest. Stanford students are given priority, so please specify your medical school affiliation. For Stanford students, this rotation may fulfill your selective 1 or elective requirements.

Typically, students spend time in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The Stanford Spine Clinic focuses on the diagnosis and comprehensive conservative and interventional treatment of spine disorders (that is, neck and back pain, spinal stenosis and radiculopathy). The Stanford Sports Clinic focuses on the conservative management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries,
including acute, subacute and chronic cases.

Goals include adequate exposure to the medical management of spine and sports injuries, physical disabilities and team management. Experience on the Stanford inpatient PM&R consultation service is also available for those interested in the evaluation of patients for rehabilitation potential.

The Palo Alto VA polytrauma rehabilitation center is one of four specialized centers in the nation treating active duty military brain injuries. At the Palo Alto VA, students may also spend time on the dedicated spinal cord injury inpatient service, at outpatient musculoskeletal clinics, at the electromyography clinic and at the onabotulinium injection clinic.

Students can also arrange to spend time on this rotation on SCVMC inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. 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, D.J. Kennedy, E. Roh, M. Smuck
Coordinator: Erin Nelligan (650) 721-7627, Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center