We are committed to enhancing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of our students on issues especially relevant to the uniformed services, such as complex pain syndromes, combat casualty care, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputee care.

We work closely with other departments at the university to develop USU’s unique, comprehensive military medical curriculum. We engage in ongoing collaboration with existing clinical services at Walter Reed to provide coordinated clinical rotations to USU medical students in order to integrate relevant clinical experiences with classroom learning.

Because physical medicine and rehabilitation crosses most healthcare specialties and incorporates interdisciplinary care across all allied health providers, we teach our students how to conduct and lead interdisciplinary teams. By gaining a better understanding and appreciation of other disciplines such as Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Neuropsychology, Social Work Services, Nursing Case Management, Vocational Rehabilitation, Music and Art Therapy, as well as the role of Integrative Medicine (e.g. fitness, nutrition, yoga, acupuncture, massage, etc.) in modern healthcare, our students are prepared to lead professionals from many different specialties.

We also collaborate with our graduate programs to provide expert musculoskeletal and neuromuscular education by incorporating clinical examination skills and experience with anatomy, physiology, and biomechanical instruction.

As our department matures, we are increasing our cross-collaboration with the USU School of Nursing, sharing our knowledge and best-practices with partnering military treatment facilities, and partnering with other federal and non-federal agencies, industry, and academia to bring cutting edge educational activities and workshops to USU in such fields as Regenerative Medicine, Robotics, Assistive Technology, Virtual Reality, Therapeutic Arts, etc.


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation State of Science Symposium

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in partnership with the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh has been conducting State-of-the-Science Symposia on a near quarterly basis for almost 10 years. The symposium educates patients and providers on state-of-the-art rehabilitative knowledge and interventions with a focus on the care of injured military service members. The symposium is made up of 1-day workshops benefiting Veterans, military service members and their families, caregivers, clinicians, students, medical residents, community-based organizations, government agency personnel, and healthcare providers.

We generally offer between 7-8 CME/CEU’s per seminar, supporting the training of ~ 150 enrollees for each event.

Who can attend? Who is eligible? How do they sign up?

The Symposium is open to the public


This is an annual course conducted at USU in collaboration with WRNMMC and other Centers/Departments to enhance the skills of providers within the Military Healthcare System that care for beneficiaries with musculoskeletal injuries.

For example, a recent course, in collaboration with the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at USU, focused on the topic of Sports Medicine Regenerative Medicine. It was a two day course aimed at teaching new, innovative techniques to attendees (medical students, residents, and faculty). Participants were given the opportunity to learn ultrasound guided procedures with cadavers, regenerative procedures, and diagnostic ultrasound scanning. The workshops were supplemented by invited lectures on various regenerative topics.

The course is open to the MTF Rehab community. Further information will be distributed to course directors.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Regenerative Medicine Group