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Residency Program

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program at the UC Irvine Health School of Medicine is an integrated, three-year program using the facilities of four affiliated hospitals:

  • UC Irvine Medical Center
  • VA Long Beach Healthcare System
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  • St. Jude Medical Center

Our goal is to develop highly knowledgeable, clinically competent physiatrists who are able to function independently in almost any setting after graduation, without additional formal training. There is one exception: inpatient pediatric rehabilitation, which requires additional special training.

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Residency years

Learn more about each residency year:


All PM&R rotations at UC Irvine Health School of Medicine are divided into three-month blocks (about 10 to 11 weeks). There are five blocks per year, which allows for a diversity of patient exposures, co-resident interactions, attending teaching styles and practice types.


Didactics are on Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is protected time when residents are not to be involved in clinical duties.

The patients are covered by their attending physicians during this time. Didactics involve a repeating schedule based on the PM&R Board Review Book by Dr. Sara J. Cuccurullo. All residents participate in the same didactics, allowing for resident bonding and teaching.


Call throughout all three years of residency is home call, one week at a time from Thursday evening to the following Thursday morning. During a resident's PGY2 year, call is approximately every five weeks.

During a resident's PGY3 and PGY4 years, call is every 10th week. Residents are required to round on their patients on Saturday and Sunday during their on-call week, which is staffed by an attending physician.