The principal aim of this residency program is to educate, equip and foster compassionate, growth-minded physicians in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, who will be life-long learners and who will contribute significantly to their patients, the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and society by providing and promoting excellent whole person care.


  • Clinical competence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as measured by achievement of graduation target level milestones in the competency areas of Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Systems-Based Practice, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, and Interpersonal and Communication Skills, across a spectrum of ages, impairments, and clinical settings, including proficiency with joint, soft tissue and spasticity injections, electrodiagnostic testing, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. 

  • A commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care and development of a framework and skills to address psychosocial and spiritual aspects of a patient's care.

  • A commitment to life-long learning and development of a framework and skills to regularly use evidence-based research and to guide clinical practice and deliberately maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


The Loma Linda University Department of PM&R believes in training complete physiatrists who are adept at applying evidence based clinical care.  Our strategy for teaching research competency to clinicians is to help PM&R residents do research in order to learn how to interpret research.  While the research goal is a publishable manuscript by the end of the 4th year of training, our department and university provide all of the necessary resources to assist the trainee in completing the requirement.  Resources include pairing with a clinical faculty mentor, Ph.D. mentor, university statistician, statistics software, Clinical Trial Center guidance, departmental research coordinator, dedicated research rotation time, documented research pathway, research librarians, financial assistance for annual meetings, quarterly meetings with the departmental research director and a didactic research curriculum.