The Seattle Children's PRM fellowships provide trainees with a very broad-based exposure to all aspects of pediatric rehabilitation medicine. Seattle Children's Hospital has a 12 bed CARF-accredited unit, which is a unique feature of the program. This provides the fellow with high-quality education of the care of children with acquired disabilities. The Rehabilitation Medicine department at Seattle Children's has outstanding relationships with other key departments, including neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and neurodevelopmental medicine. The collaboration that trainees experience enriches their education as the fellow works alongside specialists in many different pediatric subspecialties.
Year 1: The first year of the fellowship will focus on gaining experience in caring for children on an inpatient rehabilitation unit and developing competency in evaluating and treating a child with acquired and congenital disabilities seen in the outpatient clinic setting. The fellow will focus on gaining competence in procedures including EMG and spasticity management.
Year 2: The second year of the fellowship will focus on increasing the depth and breadth of skills needed to be an independent pediatric rehabilitation practitioner.
A third of the fellow's time will focus on care of children on the inpatient rehabilitation unit, with a third of their time in the outpatient clinics and a third of the time in a combination of both. Specialty clinics include cerebral palsy and spasticity management, seating, spina bifida, neuromuscular, neuro-oncology, general rehabilitation and sports medicine.
Each fellow will be responsible for completing a scholarly project. The fellow will work directly with a faculty member on a fellow-initiated project or one in which the faculty member is already involved. Support for research endeavors is provided by both Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.