Lectures & Grand Rounds


Each Wednesday morning (8am-1pm) is dedicated exclusively to didactics to complement and enhance the learning experience.  During this time, residents are free from all clinical responsibilities.  Attending physicians cover the resident's pagers and all clinical service. The didactic program consists of eight modules: Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Ultrasound, Electrodiagnostics, Musculoskeletal, Prosthetics & Orthotics, and Spine.  Each module is designed by a Stanford PM&R faculty leader.  Didactics include lectures from Stanford PM&R faculty and guest lectures from faculty in other fields: neurosurgery, orthopedics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics, urology, radiology.

Sample Module Schedule

  8-9:00am 9-10:00am 10-11:30am
Week 1 ASIA Exam SCI Epidemiology & Mechanisms of Injury SCI Primary Care
Week 2 DVT Prophylaxis Nontraumatic SCI FES in SCI
Week 3 SCI Pain Heterotopic Ossification Metabolic Syndromes in SCI
Week 4 SCI Anatomy Neurologic Recovery in SCI SCI Respiratory Management
Week 5 Neurogenic Bladder Neurogenic Bowel Autonomic Dysfunction
Week 6 Board Review Neuroradiology in SCI Practice Management

In addition to Wednesday morning protected didactics sessions, our residents receive both formal and informal lectures during each rotation.

Grand Rounds

These are usually held once per month and include lectures by Stanford faculty as well as visiting lectures from leaders in the field of PM&R.

Recent topics:

  • Outcomes, Value-Based Care and New Opportunities for PM&R
  • Trauma and Healing: Adaptive Lifestyle Skills and Motivational Strategies

VA Musculoskeletal Clinic

  • Monday and Fridays-Musculoskeletal Exam Basics
  • Monday- EMG Lecture
  • Tuesday-Resident lecture series (topics chosen by residents)

Spine Clinic

  • Monday-Case presentations
  • Tuesday- Sport/Spine lectures

Sports Clinic

Tuesday Lecture Series

VA SCI Inpatient

  • Monday- EMG lecture
  • Tuesday- Resident lecture
  • Tuesday- Ultrasound basics
  • Tuesday- Sports Journal Club
  • Thursday- Neuroradiology Rounds
  • Thursday- Urology lecture
  • Thursday- SCI Journal Club

VA Polytrauma Inpatient

  • EMG lecture 
  • Resident lecture series

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds is usually held once a month. Lecture schedule includes Stanford faculty as well as visiting lectures from leaders in the field of PM&R.