PM&R Chief Resident, Dr. Amanda Day, spearheaded a fun initiative for the community to get to know our residents. The PM&R resident spotlight is on PGY4, Dr. Matthew Puderbaugh.

Where did you go to medical school? 
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

What drew you to PM&R? 
I used to work as a nursing aide on an inpatient rehab unit in college and fell in love with the team approach and patient population. During medical school, I had a great rotation in PM&R that cemented my love for it.

Why the University of Minnesota for your PM&R training? 
I really like the ability to work in several different settings (VA, University, County, Private, etc) so I have been able to glean a lot from that. The residency support staff, attendings, and opportunities here have been phenomenal!

What advice would you give a current applicant hoping to match PM&R? 
Research and leadership positions really help you stand out, but most importantly, be yourself!

Dr. Matt Puderbaugh at dinner with friends

What are your favorite things about the Twin Cities?
Great sports and some really good beer here!

What are your interests within PM&R?
I enjoy teaching and helping people discover new things. I really love interacting with patients and finding out what motivates them!

Dr. Matt Puderbaugh teaching
What are your plans after PM&R residency?
I am planning on pursuing a Brain Injury Fellowship. 

What are some fun facts about yourself? 
I enjoy brewing my own beer, I have 4 children, and I am also a member of the Minnesota National Guard.

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