Research & Education

Schwab’s three-year Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) training program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is affiliated with the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. Residents gain exposure to the full spectrum of rehabilitation health care, from spinal cord injuries to stroke, orthopedic and amputation rehabilitation.The diversity of our patient population, rotation sites and dedicated teaching attendings, provides an outstanding rehabilitation education experience.

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How to Apply

A Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency application to Schwab can be accepted via the ERAS. Applicants who complete one year of accredited training (surgery, internal medicine, transitional year, family practice, pediatrics) are eligible to apply.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Schwab’s residency coordinator at 

Elective Rotation Information

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital offers an elective rotation in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to senior medical school students provided their medical school covers all malpractice insurance during the rotation. Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital will also accept a senior resident physician from another program if the resident has a valid medical license and full malpractice insurance coverage provided by their institution.  All benefits and stipends must be provided by the outside institution.  The duration of a typical elective is four weeks.
The student will be assigned, on the first day of the rotation to the inpatient service of a teaching attending by the Program Director, and will accompany the attending and resident physician on inpatient rounds, and Outpatient Clinic, if applicable.
The medical student, at some point during their rotation, will learn about patients with brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation, neurological, and musculoskeletal disease/medicine.  In addition, by attending patient staffing (team conference) with the attending and resident physicians, nurses, therapists, and other allied health team members, the medical student will learn about the comprehensive treatment of a rehabilitation patient.  The student will have ample exposure to rehabilitation medicine, learning from nationally and internationally known teaching faculty who will provide a comprehensive educational experience emphasizing both physical medicine and rehabilitation.  Our 3-year ACGME fully accredited residency-training program, based at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, is academically affiliated with the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.
Students are also expected to participate in educational activities, such as attending resident lectures, in order to foster their education.  Resident Lectures, are held every Thursday from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and Grand Rounds is every third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. 

Scheduling is subject to our approval.  The application for the elective rotation MUST be submitted 4-6 weeks before the start of the elective.  In addition to the application, please submit a brief letter indicating your interest in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, including WHY you chose Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital to pursue an outside elective rotation. Also needed is proof of malpractice insurance, HIPPA training and copy of vaccination record.

The student must contact the Residency Coordinator at 773-522-5853 two weeks before the start of the elective to confirm scheduling. Written cancellations must be received 2 weeks prior to the scheduled rotation or $100.00 fine will be assessed.

The student will report to the Residency Office on the 4th floor, Room 408 by 8:30 a.m. [on the first day of the rotation and every morning thereafter for the duration of the rotation] and remain until 4:30 p.m. or later as work/patient care dictates.  Student Doctors must display a photo ID indicating their status as a student doctor.

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Nursing Education

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital is a teaching facility supports nursing education though clinical opportunities for LPNs and RNs. We provide a small group clinical for six to nine students per group, accompanied by an instructor on all specialty units for fundamentals and a light medical or surgery rotation.

We also offer master’s level leadership preceptor experiences upon request.

Graduate Education

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital sponsors an ACGME-accredited  three-year physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program. The program hosts five residents per year, for a total of 15 residents currently. Schwab Faculty Associates, the rehabilitation teaching attending physicians, are all board certified, and most are subspecialty certified in PM&R. Schwab is an academic affiliate of the University of Chicago and partners with multiple healthcare providers and organizations to ensure a robust clinical experience for our trainees. In addition to working at Schwab, a freestanding rehabilitation hospital, trainees rotate at the University of Chicago, North Shore University HealthSystem, the University of Illinois, as well as with practitioners in private practice. By the time residents have completed their training at Schwab, they are well qualified to practice independently in any area of rehabilitation medicine. Recently, our residents have matched in sports medicine fellowships, pain management fellowships, and spinal cord injury medicine, while many have gone directly into private practice as well as academic practice. We are proud to have achieved a 100% Board pass rate for first time takers in the last few years.

Undergraduate Education

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital gives medical students the opportunity to rotate for four weeks in our freestanding rehabilitation hospital. Students gain exposure to various aspects of rehabilitation medicine, including inpatient and outpatient care. Outpatient clinics may include spinal cord injury, pediatrics, pain management, amputation and prosthetics, brain injury and spasticity management. Students will also have the opportunity to longitudinally follow patients to gain a better understanding of the impact of interdisciplinary care for an individual with a disability. Students are welcome to attend Thursday morning didactics and participate in "lunch and learn,” an informal, daily, educational experience led by our attending physicians. Students are generally paired with one resident and one attending physician for any given experience. Schwab is proud to host both DO and MD students.

Therapist Education

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital is a licensed Continuing Education Provider under the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for the professions of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology.

As a teaching institution, defined by our PM & R Residency program, Schwab Rehabilitation Services is also affiliated with over 30 different universities with accredited therapy programs. This allows us to host PT, PTA, OT, COTA, Speech, and Audiology students throughout the year who are completing clinical fieldwork and internships. Many staff therapists are Certified Clinical Instructors, meaning they have chosen to receive additional training in how to best mentor and coach students. We offer students a rich learning experience, often with opportunities to rotate through the continuum of care of therapy services that is provided throughout Sinai Health System. Each year, dozens of students come to Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital for their student clinical experiences.


Rehabilitation Research Programs

Research opportunities abound at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, where both residents and patients can participate in valuable research efforts. As a resident, you may attend conferences; as a patient, you may qualify for a research program.

All PGY II, III and IV residents have four administrative days per year to attend professional conferences, and all residents that present at conferences will be financially supported to attend. The number of conferences is unlimited.

In addition to supporting residents in their research, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital also sometimes participates in various Chicago research programs.