General information about our residency program

Monifa Brooks, M.D., Residency Program Director
Jayne Donovan, MD, Associate Professor
Doreen Muhammad, Residency Program Coordinator

The Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School integrated hospitals offer a fully accredited residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). The three-year program begins at the PGY-2 level. The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation sets the guidelines for appropriate PGY-1 training in preparation for entering a PM&R residency. Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School has offered a residency program in PM&R since 1982. Our three-year residency program has Continued Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Our site visit was May 2009, and our next self-study visit is scheduled for 2019.  We are proud to announce that we were given a Commendation by the ACGME as follows:

The committee particularly commended the program for their extensive and excellent educational curriculum, use of OSCE for competency assessment, the emphasis on scholarly activity among their faculty (especially among their residency staff), and their outcomes regarding ABPMR Board scores.

Our residency training program provides a stimulating educational environment in which the resident can develop the professional knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to practice the highest standards of physiatry. We have established a core curriculum in research for residents and have many research opportunities for medical students. There is an active research program in the physiological, psychological, behavioral, and engineering aspects of rehabilitation within the Department as well as collaborative projects with other Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School departments. Current research programs are underway to improve the functional abilities of persons with disabilities resulting from stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disease, pulmonary disease, and amputations. Projects include driver's training, functional electrical stimulation, advanced EMG, fatigue, exercise, treatment of depression, prosthetic design, geriatrics, sexuality, family training and others. A major Rutgers affiliate, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, recently completed a $35 million expansion providing state of the art facilities to treat patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. The Kessler Foundation Research Center (KFRC) continues to be on the forefront of clinical rehabilitation research.  KFRC shares a building with Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and includes a variety of laboratories with innovative research projects in many areas ongoing.  Investigators at KFRC have recently been awarded Model Systems Grants in both Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury.  For more details, go to

Our residents regularly win national awards and earn appointment to national committees and task forces, strengthening their candidacy when they apply for jobs or fellowships.  We invite medical students and physicians interested in a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to investigate our excellent residency program.

We participate with the National Resident Matching Program .

Applications for PGY-2 positions starting in 2021, will be accepted only via ERAS. ERAS will begin accepting applications September 15, 2019. For our PGY-2 positions, the deadline for receiving applications is November 1, 2019. The Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School PM&R program does not offer its own preliminary or transitional year in fundamental clinical skills, so applicants must therefore apply for this PGY-1 training separately through other facilities.  The following supporting documentation must be submitted to ERAS along with your application:


  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current C.V. clearly explaining any time gaps
  • MSPE (Dean's letter)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE/COMLEX transcript (no specific score criteria)
  • Current ECFMG certificate (as applicable)
  • J-1 visa (as applicable)

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fellowship Programs :

Applications for these fellowships are accepted during the senior year of residency.

The Department has the most extensive fellowship offerings in the country, including the following programs:

  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (ACGME accredited)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation (ACGME accredited)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Musculoskeletal/pain
  • Stroke
  • Research (Neuropsychology & Neuroscience)
  • Research (Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes)

For applications and further information please contact :

Doreen Muhammad
Coordinator, Residency Training Program 
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Behavioral Health Sciences Building
183 South Orange Avenue – Suite 1560
Newark, New Jersey 07101
Phone: (973) 972-3606
Fax: (973) 972-0918