Residency Program

Why Choose UK PM&R Residency?


We Have A Strong Residency Program

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine offers a comprehensive residency training program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Our four-year residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) of the American Medical Association. All residents are accepted at the PGY1 level through the National Residency Match Program. Any open PGY2 residency position is evaluated on an individual basis. The Residency Program is designed to teach the holistic, interdisciplinary team approach to health care as outlined in the training objectives of the ACGME specialty requirements. As such, emphasis is placed on maximizing the physical, psychological, social, vocational and avocational potential of all patients. Our departmental goal is to provide each resident with the best possible didactic and clinical education program, in order to fully prepare residents for a career in academic or private practice physiatry.


Our Program

  • ACGME accredited 4 year categorical program
  • 4 residents per PGY year (with plans for growth)
  • High levels of procedure exposure compared to national average (per 2017-18 graduate case log date)
    • 94%ile for programming and 98%ile for refilling intrathecal baclofen pumps
    • 88%ile for botulinum toxin injections
    • 97%ile for ultrasound guidance used during procedures
    • 93%ile for joint/tendon/bursa injections
    • 88%ile for EMG/NCS
  • 2 paid conferences (with potential for others with applicable research projects)
    • All PGY3 residents attend the Association of Academic Physiatry Annual Meeting
    • All PGY4 residents attend the AAPM&R Annual Assembly
  • iPad provided at PGY2 level, annual book stipend


Our Training Sites

University of Kentucky Medical Center A. B. Chandler Hospital

  • 945-bed hospital
  • Level 1 trauma
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Case Mix Index of 2.00
  • UKMDs is a unique service that provides physician communication assist between UK and community physicians and services

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

  • 232 bed free standing rehab hospital with both CARE and JC accreditation
  • Outpatient therapy and clinic space including 2 therapeutic aquatic pools
  • Technology available: Lokomat™, G-EO system™, RT300 FES Bike, BITS™ Bioness® Integrated Therapy System, NeuroCom® Balance, Bioness NESS H200®, Bioness NESS L300™, Dynavision D2™, VitalStim® Therapy


The City of Lexington

  • Pupulation: 318,000
  • Dubbed :The Athens of the West" by poet Josiah Espy in 1806
  • Strong economy led by lalrge corporation (Xerox, Lexmark, Lockheed-Martin, IBM), horse (Horse Capitol of the World®), college, and healthcare industries
    • Median Family income: $53,264
    • Median Home price: $177,000
    • Cost of Living 8% below national average
  • Ranks 10th in the nation for cities having high college education rate (39.5% at least with bachelors)
  • Climate with 4 distinct seasons that include hot, humid summers and moderately cold winters
  • Listed #14 in the 25 Best Places to Retire by Forbes in 2018