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The Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students

A 10-Year Review

Mohan, Manoj DO; Schnappinger, Amy BA; Dicianno, Brad E. MD, MS

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: November 2019 - Volume 98 - Issue 11 - p 1026–1030
doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001233
Education & Administration

The aim of this project was to evaluate the 10-yr outcomes from the Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students. A target benchmark was one high-quality output per student. Students were required to devise a research project and work full time with a mentor at an approved sponsor site for 8 wks. Longitudinal surveys were used to collect data about research outputs, match results, and decisions about whether to pursue academic careers. From 2008 to 2017, 73 (48%) of 153 applicants were awarded summer externships. Residency match results included the following: physical medicine and rehabilitation (45%), internal medicine (17%), emergency medicine (8%), orthopedic surgery (6%), neurology (6%), psychiatry (6%), OBGYN (6%), pediatrics (4%), and anesthesia (2%). The Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students was successful in exceeding the target benchmark for quality scholarly output, which included 73 oral presentations at the Association of Academic Physiatrists meeting, 63 published and 20 in-review articles directly related to summer research, 5 book chapters, and 51 published and 20 in-review articles that were indirectly related to summer research. A total of 77% reported that the Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students positively influenced their decision to pursue research in their future career, and 70% endorsed interest in becoming a clinician scientist.

From the Stanford Division of PM&R, Department of Orthopedics, Stanford University, Redwood City, California (MM); Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (BED); Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (BED); and Education Programs Manager, Association of Academic Physiatrists, Owings Mills, Maryland (AS).

All correspondence should be addressed to: Brad E. Dicianno, MD, MS, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Bakery Sq, 6425 Penn Ave, Suite 400, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

This project was funded by the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the Foundation for PM&R, and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

This article has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Data from this article were accepted as part of an abstract to be presented at the 2019 Association for Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico, February 21–22, 2019.

Manoj Mohan is in training.

Financial disclosure statements have been obtained, and no conflicts of interest have been reported by the authors or by any individuals in control of the content of this article.

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Online date: May 30, 2019

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