The University of Minnesota Medical School offers a range of medical student clerkships in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

There are a variety of clerkships available throughout the year, with varying lengths and focuses. Please view the course descriptions in the Medical Education PM&R section for more information.

PMED 7413 - Rehabilitation Medicine for Adults (Virtual Offering)

This innovative four-week virtual elective is centered on learner engagement, simulation of clinical experiences, and the importance of building relationships with faculty and residents. Medical students will virtually follow standardized patients from consultation to discharge and participate in interactive journal clubs, lectures, and didactic education with faculty and residents via Zoom daily. The live education is supplemented with an entire library of video presentations built by residents, department and affiliate faculty across the Twin Cities. This virtual curriculum provides students a quality, robust, learning experience that serves as a great introduction to the field of PM&R.

Apply for this virtual elective via VSAS.

Visiting medical students

Visiting U.S. medical students from LCME-accredited medical schools may apply for selected Year 3 and 4 clinical experiences at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Visiting students must register as medical scholars and pay the student services fee for any period in which they will take work. Registration and payment of fees is sent to:

University of Minnesota Curriculum Office
Attn: Clinical Experiences Manager
420 Delaware St. SE
MMC 293
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Note that application processes are different depending on the type of medical school education for visiting students. See details on the Medical Education website.

International medical students

International medical students are usually not accepted, unless a formal agreement exists between their medical school and the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Medical schools that have a majority of U.S. citizens as students are not considered international medical schools by the University of Minnesota Medical School. For a list of medical schools with which the University of Minnesota has formal agreements, visit the International Medical Education & Research Program Office website or e-mail the staff at

Clerkship openings

You can find course options on the U of M Medical Education website. Select the “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMed) courses” link. Once the courses are listed, select the course of interest and you will be brought to a course description. The course availability can be found by selecting the appropriate academic year hyperlink, located near the top of the page, below the course number and title.

PM&R Interest Group

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group allows students to get involved and learn more about the PM&R specialty. The group's mission is to educate medical students about the specialty through expert lectures, hands-on workshops, and clinical opportunities. They are continuously working to increase disability awareness among medical students.