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The Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS)

A 10-year review

Mohan, Manoj DO1; Dicianno, Brad MD, MS2,3; Schnappinger, Amy BA4

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: May 28, 2019 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p
doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001233
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The purpose of this project was to evaluate the 10-year outcomes from the Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS). A target benchmark was 1 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 weeks. 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 out of 153 (48%) applicants were awarded summer externships. Residency match results included: PM&R (45%), Internal Medicine (17%), Emergency Medicine (8%), Orthopedic Surgery (6%), Neurology (6%), Psychiatry (6%), OBGYN (6%), Pediatrics (4%), and Anesthesia (2%). The RREMS was successful in exceeding the target benchmark for quality scholarly output which included 73 oral presentations at the AAP meeting, 63 published and 20 in-review manuscripts directly related to summer research, 5 book chapters, and 51 published and 20 in-review manuscripts that were indirectly related to summer research. A total of 77% reported that the RREMS positively influenced their decision to pursue research in their future career, and 70% endorsed interest in becoming a clinician-scientist.

1Stanford Division of PM&R, Department of Orthopedics, Stanford University, Redwood City, CA

2Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

3Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA

4Education Programs Manager, Association of Academic Physiatrists

Correspondence should be directed to: Brad E. Dicianno, MD, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 400, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, 412-822-3700, (

Disclosures: This manuscript has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Data from this manuscript was accepted as part of an abstract to be presented at the 2019 Association for Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico. This project was funded by the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the Foundation for PM&R and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. 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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