The Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM) Fellowship is a 12-month program which focuses on specialized training on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of traumatic spinal cord injury, and nontraumatic myelopathies. The program is open to persons who have completed an approved residency program in a specialty relevant to SCIM, such as physical medicine and rehabilitation, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, neurological surgery, neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, plastic surgery, surgery, or urology. Successful completion of the fellowship program satisfies the eligibility requirement to take the Examination in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine to obtain Subspecialty Certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.
The SCIM Fellowship will include clinical experiences in the initial acute care management, acute rehabilitation and outpatient/chronic management of persons with spinal cord dysfunction. During the various clinical rotations, the fellow will work with physicians in the specialties of physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, neurological surgery, anesthesiology/ respiratory/ critical care, pediatrics, plastic surgery, urology and neurology. In addition, the clinical experience will involve rotations with other clinical disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychology.
Involvement in teaching activities and research are required components of the SCIM Fellowship. Teaching will involve activities within the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) SCI Program, as well as with medical students from Northwestern University and the residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the RIC. It is expected that the fellow will complete a scholarly research activity during the fellowship year sufficient for national presentation or publication.
The clinical, educational and research activities will involve the resources available through the Acute Spine Injury Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) the SCI Rehabilitation Program at RIC, other departments and programs at NMH and RIC, and Northwestern University Medical School.
Procedures Taught: The SCIM Fellowship doesn't teach any procedures.
Director: David Chen, MD
About Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has been recognized as the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" since 1991 by U.S. News & World Report. No other specialty hospital has been consecutively ranked the "#1" by U.S. News & World Report for so long.Founded in 1954, RIC has earned a worldwide reputation as being a leader in patient care, advocacy, research and educating health professionals in physical medicine and rehabilitation.People from around the globe choose RIC because of our expertise in treating a range of conditions, from the most complex conditions including cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, stroke and traumatic brain injury, to the more common, such as arthritis, chronic pain and sports injuries. Many people also come to RIC because of our specialized services, including Assistive Technology, Prosthetics and Orthotics and Vocational Rehabilitation, which help individuals lead more independent and fulfilling lives. People also choose RIC because of our ability to provide rehabilitation care for patients of all ages - from children to adults.RIC offers different levels of care, including inpatient, day rehabilitation and outpatient services, according to the ...special needs of each patient. At all levels of treatment, specialists from many disciplines are brought together to help patients progress.Each team is lead by a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Other members of the team could include rehabilitation nurses, pediatric-certified nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, psychologists, chaplains, social workers, rehabilitation engineers, recreation therapists, vocational counselors and respiratory specialists and many other health professionals. Through a collaborative approach, each team focuses on helping patients meet their individual goals and get back to life.