Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

Andrew Dubin, MD
Program Director

The mission of the Residency Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Albany Medical Center is to train outstanding clinical physiatrists who will provide consummate and compassionate patient care with the highest standards of professionalism. The cornerstone of training in PM&R is the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that produce pain, impairment and disability through the use of sound clinical judgment and excellent interpersonal skills. It is expected that graduates of this training program will attain certification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. These goals are realized through directed study, independent learning, clinical service rotations and subspecialty experiences guided by a faculty devoted to graduate medical education.

The 734 bed Albany Medical Center (AMC) is the primary teaching hospital of the residency training program. AMC is the tertiary care center for twenty five counties in upstate New York and it is the only level one trauma center. The hospital includes a twenty bed inpatient rehabilitation unit which is certified by JCAHO and the New York State Department of Health. The unit cares for about 700 patients per year. Residents on rotation at AMC serve on the inpatient unit and they provide consultations to acute medical, surgical, and pediatric units. In addition, there is anactive clinic for outpatients and an amputee clinic. The Dept. of Physical Medicine shares the electrodiagnostic laboratory with the Dept. of Neurology.

The Samuel Stratton Veterans Affairs Hospital is licensed for 156 beds. Although there is no inpatient rehabilitation unit, the residents provide consultations to acute medical and surgical units; the vast majority of time is devoted to outpatient clinics. There is general physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic and amputee clinic. Electrodiagnostic testing is scheduled two full days per week.

The Bone and Joint Center houses the practice of over 20 physicians, including orthopedists and physiatrists. It contains offices, operating suites, and a large area for therapy services. This is an excellent opportunity to learn musculoskeletal and sports medicine as well as pain medicine.

The department has an active research program. The department received a research grant from the NY State Department of Health to start a program in which functional electrical stimulation can help patients who have been paralyzed by spinal cord injury to stand and walk. Albany Medical Center is only one of five centers in the world that can offer this technology. In addition, Dr. Dubin is evaluating the use of Botulinum Toxin to Improve Motor Control in the dominant spastic upper extremity in TBI patients to improve power wheel chair driving as well as participating in a research project with RPI in the development of a model of lumbar spine muscle fatigue and its influence on intradiscal pressures in the spinal column.  

For more information, please contact our program.