PMED 7416

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine


Jessica DeVries
Course Coordinator

Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered

See below


*Course director will determine whether virtual or in person at time of enrollment prior to rotation.*

Prerequisites:  Two months of general surgery and/or medicine.  Pediatrics desired but not required

Catalog Description:  The student-physician designs the two-week experience according to his/her interest, needs and desires. Gillette Children's Hospital pediatric rehabilitation programs emphasize traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, ventilatory dependent children, spinal cord injury and other developmental disabilities.

Opportunities are open to the student-physician:

  • Inpatient service: Responsibilities include evaluation, management and follow-up of patients but without night or weekend call.
  • Care of outpatients in clinics: Obtain a perspective on long-term continuity care.
  • Learning experiences: Weekly conference with attendings, pediatric rehabilitation fellows and residents. Teaching rounds with the residents, pediatric rehabilitation fellows and attendings are held daily on the inpatient rehabilitation unit. 
    Minimal reading assignments: Alexander and Matthews: Pediatric Rehabilitation, Demos Medical Publishing, 2010. Various journal articles as assigned: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, PM&R, others.


View site addresses by clicking on the site name below or visiting the site codes table.

Site Code Site Name Notes

Gillette Children's St. Paul Campus

Gillette Children's - Burnsville Clinic

Gillette Children's - Maple Grove Clinic

Students will go to all three sites. Students will have the option to opt out of Burnsville/Maple Grove sites and only rotate at the St. Paul Campus.
GL-1000 Gillette Children's St. Paul Campus  

Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  M-F, ranges from 7:30am-5:00pm

Direct Patient Care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Open to Student Scheduling

Course Objectives:  The student-physician will learn to evaluate a pediatric patient with a chronic illness and/or a disability, and then help plan a rehabilitation team's problem-oriented approach to total patient management including motor, cognitive, behavioral, social, communicative, and academic aspects, as well as the medical aspects. Before completion of the clerkship the student-physician will:

  • demonstrate through inpatient work-ups and order PT, OT, speech therapy, psychology and social services
  • demonstrate a proficiency in evaluating a patients' ability to perform activities of daily living including self-care, mobility, academic skills, and reintegration into the community
  • demonstrate inpatient documentation and team discussions using the problem-oriented approach to the patient's impaired abilities
  • gain experience in working in an interdisciplinary health care team by reporting at team meetings on the medical aspects of the patients with whom he/she is involved
  • demonstrate the ability to examine a patient in a neuromuscular manner and detect abnormalities

Graded Components:  

  • Clinical assessment by attending
  • 15-20 minute presentation during the final week of the rotation

Grading Scale: 

  • 2022-2023: H/E/S/N
  • 2023-2024: P/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type:  No

Course equivalency:  N/A

Related curricular experience:

Secure Exam:

Course evaluation: MedHub