Going Virtual: A Virtual Summer Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Externship Experience for Medical Students

Leslie Rydberg*, Nethra Ankam, Carley N. Sauter, Brittany A. Snider, Ravi E. Kasi, R. Samuel Mayer

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Abstract

Opportunities for early medical student exposure to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) are desirable for promoting the field as a career choice and are useful for introducing students to the care of people with disabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted medical education and caused the cancellation of many in-person clinical programs, including the Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship in PM&R supported by the Association of Academic Physiatrists. This article describes the process by which an in-person summer clinical externship program was effectively converted into a Virtual PM&R Experience using a combination of independent assignments and small-group sessions. A total of 87 medical students completed the Virtual PM&R Experience over two summers. The participants of the program met the program learning objectives, including enhancing their understanding of physiatry as a career and recognizing the medical and social issues that affect persons with disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-74
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

Keywords

  • Curriculum Development
  • Disability
  • Medical Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Virtual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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