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PM&R Medical Student Clerkship at Carolinas Rehabilitation

Carolinas Rehabilitation is one of the premier rehabilitation institutes in the nation and provides tertiary-referral acute rehabilitation for adults and children. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) offers a 4-week rotation designed for visiting medical students seeking comprehensive exposure to PM&R as follows:

  • PMED 479 – a 4-week rotation designed for visiting medical students. The rotation consists of inpatient and outpatient educational experiences in General Rehabilitation with each week spent with brain injury, spinal cord injury, strokes and pediatrics rotation.

We also offer the following courses for four weeks after completing the required general PM&R rotation:

  • PMED 480 –Brain Injury
  • PMED481 – Pediatrics
  • PMED482 – Spinal Cord Injury.

All applications are processed via Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO)

The Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) is an AAMC application designed to make it easier for medical students to apply for senior electives at US medical schools and teaching hospitals. Before you can log into VSLO your home school or medical institution must grant you access.

North Carolina participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) and any student that matriculates at a SARA participating institution is eligible to be placed in our rotation.


For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact:

Sandra M. Watson
Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1100 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203
Email: Sandra Watson


Medical Student Mentorship Program

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation invites motivated medical students to participate in our virtual medical student research experience. In this program, you will be paired with a resident and faculty mentor to collaborate on a case report to be presented at the Association of Academic Physiatrist (AAP) Annual Meeting February 1 through 5, 2022, in New Orleans, LA. We will have regularly scheduled virtual education sessions that will teach you how to write up a case report for submission to a national conference. The education sessions will be at 7 p.m. EST on the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 3, 2021
  • Thursday, July 8, 2021
  • Thursday, August 19
  • Two other sessions will be scheduled after notification of abstract acceptance

This program will not lead to course credit, but we will provide you a certificate of completion.  If interested, please fill out the application below by May 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST:

      Application for CR-PM&R Medical Student Mentorship Program



1. CITI Program training is offered at most educational institutions. All participants will need to complete Collaborative Institutional Training (CITI) Program training to maintain compliance with the Atrium Health Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

2. Once accepted, successful applicants must fulfill the following expectations of the program:

  • Participate in all educational sessions
  • Submit a case report to AAP
  • If the abstract is accepted: 
  • Create the poster with the Carolinas Rehabilitation template
  • Attend the conference that the abstract was submitted

3. Carolinas Rehabilitation will cover the cost of the poster printing, but the cost of conference attendance will be the responsibility of the applicant.


Additional Information:

Accepted students will be notified by email on May 27, 2021.

Please contact Sandra Watson at with any questions.