Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship is designed to train academic pediatric physiatrists who will provide the highest level of clinical care and advance the frontiers of the field. The fellows participate in the supervision and teaching of residents. Other opportunities for teaching are through journal club participation and grand rounds presentations. They are also provided with the resources to design, implement and complete not only a research project but also a quality improvement project during their two-year fellowship.

How To Apply

Candidates interested in applying for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship program should submit their application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).


Our goal is to train academic Pediatric Physiatrists who will provide the highest level of clinical care and advance the frontiers of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine through research and education.


Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare has been participating in the training of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents from the University of Minnesota for over twenty years and gained accreditation status for the University of Minnesota's Pediatric Medicine Fellowship Program in July 2006. Fellows are either graduates of an accredited physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program or a combined pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program.

In addition to independent reading and study, the Fellowship includes clinical, didactic and research experiences. The fellowship offers the opportunity to increase the individual’s knowledge of disabling pediatric conditions including:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal Dysraphism
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Limb Deficiency
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Joint Diseases
  • Burns
  • Neuropathies
  • Skeletal Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Pain and Palliative Care

The main training site of the fellowship program is Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, an inpatient and outpatient multi-disciplinary facility serving the needs of people with childhood-onset disabilities. Additional rotation sites include the Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota, Regions Hospital and Fairview Medical Center (all as part of the consult service).

Although the Fellowship Program is supervised primarily by six board-certified pediatric physiatrists, the fellow will also interact with a number of other educators, including: approximately twelve pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, eight pediatric neurologists, among which three have neuromuscular expertise, four pediatric neurosurgeons, two pediatric rheumatologists, four pediatric urologists and five pediatricians.

Dr. Supreet Deshpande, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, is the Director of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship.

Program Activities

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Lecture Series

This lecture series is directed specifically at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) fellows, and covers topics specific to their specialty, including; normal growth and development, the many causes of congenital and childhood onset disabilities, the management, epidemiology, and outcomes of such disabilities and additional lectures relevant to the field. Faculty give lectures approximately twice a month at a time dictated by the speaking faculty's schedule and the PRM fellows' schedules. All PRM faculty are encouraged to attend whenever their schedule permits.

General Pediatrics Lecture Series

The Pediatric Lecture Series is organized through the Pediatric Medicine Department and its lectures are directed toward the Pediatric Residents and Med-Peds Residents. These lectures occur approximately two to three days per week, mostly during the lunch hour. The lecture series rotates on a monthly basis, so the bulk of these lectures can be heard over the first several months of the first year of the fellowship. However, if the fellow might benefit from review of the previously received lecture, they are encouraged to attend a second time during the second year (or 2nd ½ year) of their fellowship.

  • Lectures are delivered by Pediatric specialists including pediatric medicine, pediatric critical care, pediatric pulmonology, pediatric infectious disease, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, neurodevelopmental pediatrics, pediatric orthopedics, and others.
  • A wide range of topics may include;typical/atypical development, pediatric nutrition, airway management, ventilator management, emergency seizure management, hypotonia and septic arthritis.

Pediatric Orthopedic Lecture Series

The Orthopedic staff at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare has morning lectures four days per week that cover many topics pertinent to the care of children by the pediatric physiatrist. This lecture series rotates every 6 months, so the fellow should receive the bulk of the lectures during the first year of fellowship. If the fellow might benefit from review of the previously received lecture, they are encouraged to attend a second time in the second year of their fellowship. The pediatric orthopedic staff almost exclusively provides the lectures.

Topics include typical and atypical gait patterns, overuse musculoskeletal injuries, basic fracture management, scoliosis (idiopathic and pathologic), myelomeningocele, back pain, pathologic hip development, neurofibromatosis, genetic disorders of musculoskeletal disorders, mitochondrial disorders, and osteomyelitis, to name a few.

Gillette Children's Grand Rounds

Occurs approximately once monthly. This lecture covers a topic pertinent to the patients cared for at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Physicians, nurses, therapists, researchers, guest speakers and others present the lectures.

Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds

These lectures are given at Children's St. Paul and Children's Minneapolis hospitals, and are not all required. The lectures, which are deemed most directly relevant to the care of pediatric rehabilitation patients, however, are required.

Neuroradiology Rounds

Neuroradiology rounds are held twice monthly and cover interesting or challenging cases in a multidisciplinary conference. This conference is attended by pediatric neurology, pediatric physiatry, other interested consulting physicians and is directed by pediatric neuroradiology staff.

Journal Club

The Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare Journal Club is a multidisciplinary conference where all allied healthcare providers are invited to attend. This generally includes physicians, nurses, therapists, researchers and a variety of others. The articles covered must be related to the population of patients cared for at Gillette. Journal Club occurs monthly.

Sites & Rotations


Gillette Children's Hospital

Type of Rotation: Required
Year 1 Months of Rotation: 12
Year 2 Months of Rotation: 12

Regions Hospital

Type of Rotation: Required
Year 1 Months of Rotation: 1
Year 2 Months of Rotation: 1

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota - St. Paul

Type of Rotation: Required
Year 1 Months of Rotation: 1
Year 2 Months of Rotation: 1

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota - Minneapolis

Type of Rotation: Required
Year 1 Months of Rotation: 1
Year 2 Months of Rotation: 1

Fairview University Medical Center - Minneapolis

Type of Rotation: Required
Year 1 Months of Rotation: 1
Year 2 Months of Rotation: 1


Year 1

Aug/Sep: Inpatient Service Consults
Oct/Nov: Outpatient Service Research
Dec/Jan: Inpatient Service Consults
Feb/March: Outpatient Service Research
April/May: Inpatient Service Consults
June/July: Outpatient Service Research

Year 2

Aug/Sep: Outpatient Service Research
Oct/Nov: Inpatient Service Consults
Dec/Jan: Outpatient Service Research
Feb/March: Inpatient Service Consults
April/May: Outpatient Service Research
June/July: Inpatient Service Consults

Rotations focus on the following:

Inpatient care
Outpatient Clinics:

  • General Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Spasticity Evaluation
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Prosthetic Management
  • Adult Cerebral Palsy
  • Botulinum Toxin
  • Intrathecal Baclofen
  • Spina Bifida
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Brachial Plexus

Specialized Skills and Procedures:

  • Phenol Intramuscular Neurolysis/Motor Point Blocks
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Intra-operative Monitoring for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Management
  • Urodynamic Assessments
  • EMG
  • Gait and Motion Analysis

Accreditation Info

Director: Supreet Deshpande, MD - First Appointed, August 1, 2013
Program Coordinator: Denise Allen-Benjamin

Original Accreditation Date: July 1, 2006
Accreditation Status: Continued Accreditation
Accreditation Effective Date: February 20, 2009
Accredited Program Length: 2 years
Program Format: Standard

Last Site Visit Date: 
July 24, 2008
Cycle Length: 5 years

Program Requires Prior or Additional GME Training: Yes
Number of Prior or Additional Years Required: 4
Program Requires Dedicated Research Year: No
Government Affiliation: No Military or Government Affiliation

ACGME Approved Positions: 
Year 1 = 3, Year 2 = 3
Total ACGME Approved Positions: 4
ACGME Filled Positions: 1 (2016-17)

Program & Policy Manuals

For information that applies to all fellows in a training program at the University of Minnesota, consult the Institution Policy Manual. Information in the Institution Policy Manual takes precedence over the Program Manual in cases where there is conflict.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Manual