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Medical Student Elective Rotations

UC Irvine medical students and visiting medical students are invited to schedule an elective rotation with the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for a period of two or four weeks.

During this rotation, students help manage patients in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at UC Irvine Medical Center. The ARU is a 14-bed acute rehabilitation unit for patients recovering from acute illnesses such as trauma, stroke, amputation, brain and spinal cord injuries. Medical students participate in daily rounds with a resident and an attending physician. They also participate on the rehab consultation service as a sub-intern. Students are expected to present a topic at the end their rotations. This elective rotation allows medical students to view the daily operations of the inpatient rehabilitation service.

Medical students who elect to do a four-week rotation have the opportunity to rotate to the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where they will rotate on the inpatient rehabilitation unit for one week. They also rotate to the VA Long Beach Healthcare System's musculoskeletal outpatient clinic and are expected to improve their musculoskeletal exam skills. During this rotation, students work directly under a resident. This elective rotation allows medical students to view the daily operations of the inpatient rehabilitation service and also to be a part of a very busy oupatient clinic.

UC Irvine medical students: Please contact Thasin Sultan at sultant@uci.edu or 714-456-8462.

Visiting medical students must apply through the American Association of Medical Colleges:  Visiting Student Application Services (VSAS).

  • Visiting medical students, please see VSAS website for a list of required items.
  • Osteopathic students, please note that in addition to your COMLEX, Level 1 score, a USMLE, Step 1 score is also required.
  • All documents MUST be uploaded onto VSAS.  

Additional Documents to be uploaded under the "Supplemental Section" on VSAS

  1. Personal Statement describing your interests in PM&R (half page)
  2. USMLE Step 2 CK score (Not required, but preferred; submit score, if available.)

Please note:  Participating in an elective rotation does NOT guarantee an interview for the residency program.

To schedule a medical student elective rotation, please contact Susan Downing at sdowning@uci.edu or 714-456-6444.