Our didactics prepare graduates for all aspects of clinical practice. Didactics are held every Thursday morning, with breakfast served, nearby parking, and are protected from clinical duty. Lecturers include PM&R faculty from the Texas Medical Center, our PM&R residents, other rehabilitation clinicians, and nationally renowned speakers. The lecture cycle repeats every 18 months.

The curriculum includes lectures on:

  • Introduction to PM&R and PM&R Emergencies
  • Limb Loss Rehabilitation, Prosthetics & Orthotics, and Gait Analysis
  • Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal and Pain Medicine
  • Burn Rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular Conditions and Electrodiagnosis
  • Health Care Disparities in Rehabilitation
  • Financial Preparedness and Professional Development

In-person, hands-on workshops occur yearly:

  • Neurologic physical examination
  • Musculoskeletal physical examination
  • Spasticity management: Intrathecal baclofen pump refills, phenol and botulinum toxin injections
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound-Guided and Fluoroscopic-Guided Injections
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Virtual Reality Botulinum Toxin Injection training course for PGY-2s
  • Cadaver-based Anatomy Course

Our Quality Improvement curriculum led by certified faculty where residents learn principles such as Six Sigma, Lean practices, process maps, PDSA cycles, Root Cause analysis, and complete yearly quality improvement group projects.

Other special lecture series include weekly lectures at TIRR Memorial Hermann on Monday afternoon and Monthly department Grand Rounds. Recent Grand Rounds topics can be seen below.


Recent Grand Rounds

Date Speaker Title
March 22, 2024 An Ngo-Huang, DO
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center PM&R
“Team Science – Exercise Prehabilitation to Improve Function Pre-Operatively”
January 26, 2024 Andres A Avellaneda Ojeda, MD
Baylor College of Medicine Psychiatry
“Opioid Use: New Crisis?”
December 8, 2023 Michelle Fingeret, PhD, FAPOS
Fingeret Psychology Services, LLC
“Addressing Body Image and Disfigurement Concerns for Individuals Affected by Illness and Trauma: Best Practices for Psychosocial Care”
November 10, 2023 Kimberson C. Tanco, MD
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Pallative and Integrative Medicine
“Use of Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids in Supportive Care and Symptom Management”
October 19, 2023 Rex A.W. Marco, MD
McGovern Medical School Orthopedic Surgery
“From Emotional Ignorance to Cultivating Resilience”
September 15, 2023 William B. Gormley, MD, MPH, MBA
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Neurosurgery and Neurocritical Care
“Clinical Innovation in the Era of Big Data – the Clinician’s Role”
August 8, 2023 Dennis Bourbeau, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
“Electrical stimulation Approaches for Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction”

Please view our archived PM&R lecture recordings via Panopto (UTHealth Houston access required).