The RIC Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) fellowship is under the direction of Sue Mukherjee, MD. The fellowship is accredited for 2 years post PMR residency and 1 year past a combined Peds-PMR residency.
There is a balanced time commitment between outpatient, day programs, consulting, inpatient patient care activities, research and education. We have a 14-bed inpatient service that draws from international sources. Excellent learning opportunities are available in comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinics focused on the spasticity management, pediatric amputee and spina bifida. Organized rehabilitation experiences are available in the rheumatology, developmental and brachial plexus clinics. Skills developed include neurolytic blocks and intrathecal baclofen management. The fellow becomes an active member of RIC so has responsibilities in teaching residents and medical students as well as the opportunity to learn from the therapists and other subspecialty attendings at RIC. Research is an important part of the fellowship with opportunities to become involved with basic research scientists as well as with clinical projects.
Consulting to acute hospital, school systems and skilled care facilities provide the broad base of experiences encountered in clinical pediatric rehabilitation practice. For the older child and young adult transition clinics are available to attend and round out the experience. Sports are emphasized as a life skill for the child with disabilities and a large sports program is available. The fellow is an integral part of the pediatric team at RIC but has the advantage of drawing from multiple pediatric subspecialties in the Chicago area including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Hospital.
*Please Note: The Pediatric Rehab Fellowship program is now using the NRMP to match candidates. The deadline for registering/submitting to the match is mid-December.
Procedures Taught: Botox injections with electrical stim guidance, intrathecal baclofen pump evaluation and management including refills and troubleshooting, Phenol injections to lower extremities and availability of pediatric EMG exposure.
Director: Sue Mukherjee, 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.