PM&R Chief Resident, Dr. Amanda Day, spearheaded a fun initiative for the community to get to know our residents. This month's PM&R resident spotlight is on second-year Dr. Jonathan Reisman. 

What drew you to PM&R?
What didn't draw me to PM&R is a better question... I love the neuro-musculoskeletal system, working on a team, the positive atmosphere, and the balance of face to face time with patients, and opportunities to do procedures. I am also very interested in fitness, nutrition, psychology, and spirituality, and depending on the patient, it can be very important for us to talk about any or all these items and what they mean to the patient.

What is your favorite thing about our residency program?
This is not a paid advertisement. Our program is amazing. There are so many opportunities for volunteering, research, and extra-curricular in any topic of interest. While we are very academic, our program is extremely warm. Everyone is supportive and looking out for you as a whole person. I could go to any co-resident with any problem, and our administration is always making sure that everything in our lives is going well.

Why did you choose to pursue the educator track within our residency program?
The educator track is a phenomenal opportunity and has already been extremely rewarding. Doctors are constantly teaching whether we realize it or not. Patients, teammates, and friends are often relying on our medical knowledge. Our ability to express this in an approachable and relatable manner is of paramount importance. I want to be teaching throughout my entire life - the particular forum might change from time to time, but in any scenario, the educator track is helping me to be the best teacher I can be.

What are some fun facts about yourself?
I have an amazing wife and an adorable 2-year-old daughter. I love Disney World and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I cry in tv shows and movies when people have to send away their pets (and Pikachus). I used to be in a band, I play a bunch of musical instruments but my voice is pretty lousy. Most people I know think I'm funny except for my wife. I have a dry sense of humor and it takes 2 weeks for people to realize I've been joking all along.

Dr. Reisman and his wife and child.


A big thank you to Chief Resident, Dr. Amanda Day, for the amazing interview.