The didactic program is organized and directed by the Chief Residents. All residents assigned to AMC and VA meet every Wednesday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  It is mandatory that all residents attend and it is protected time. The didactic program is organized as follows:

 1.   Core Curriculum - Lectures are correlated with a chapter from the textbook Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by Randall Braddom. Residents are assigned a chapter to read each week, and the chapter is then presented in an attending-led discussion with the goal of focusing on the key points and clinical pearls. Residents are expected to be prepared to discuss the information in the chapter with the attendings. Each chapter/topic is covered at least twice during a resident's three years.


2.   Anatomy - The formal anatomy course takes place in July, August, and September. For the third hour of didactics each week, the residents and attendings meet in the Albany Medical College anatomy lab to discuss the previously dissected anatomy including muscles and their origins, actions, insertions, and innovations as well as pertinent clinical correlations.  


3.   Journal Club - Once a month, a resident presents two or three articles on a topic of their choice for discussion and critique.


4.   Ultrasound - Six three-hour ultrasound modules are covered each year, led by Dr. Miller. Two residents learn the material during the two weeks prior to the session so that they can teach the other residents/students during the session. There are various opportunities for the residents to practice ultrasound-guided injections.


5.   Assessment - Intermittent quizzes are given throughout the year in order to monitor progress.  The residents have at least a week's notice to prepare for the quiz. A passing score is determined by the attendings and the quiz is remediated if necessary. Preparation for the oral boards also occurs once or twice a year, utilizing the Albany Medical College standardized patients and clinical testing center. The residents take the yearly PM&R in-service exam as well as the EMG in-service exam.


6.   Grand Rounds - Held several times a year. These are presented by both attendings and residents.


7.   Miscellaneous - Guest speakers give hands-on lectures on topics such as orthotics/prosthetics and wheelchairs and  guest attendings come to speak about EMG topics.

The attending physicians meet regularly with the residents to discuss patients and pertinent clinical topics. All clinical activities of the residents are supervised by the faculty. Daily rounds are expected to be interactive and instructive. 

All PGY 1 Residents are required to complete the following modules from the Introduction to the Practice of Medicine (IPM) program, an online educational series sponsored by the American Medical Association designed to help you develop the competencies required by the ACGME :

          Conflict of Interest

          Cultural Competency in Healthcare

          Health Care Quality: Measuring Physician Performance

          Sleep Deprivation


In addition, during the PGY 2-4 years, all residents must complete:

  • Medical Record documentation (part 1 and 2)
  • Patient hand offs
  • Residents as Teachers Quality Improvement panel.
  • Patient safety – identifying medical errors; national patient safety goals
  • Physician at teaching hospital guidelines