Rehabilitation Medicine

Residency Program

Acute Rehabilitation Medicine

PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents cover the Inpatient Rehabilitation units when the Acute Rehabilitation resident is not on-service. This averages about 1-3 call nights per month. PGY-2 and 3 residents cover the Inpatient Rehabilitation units while on the Acute Rehabilitation Medicine rotation. The Acute Rehabilitation Medicine rotation is Monday to Thursday nights not to exceed 18 days per academic year.

PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents provide back-up call assistance from home for the in-house residents. Faculty is available by pager for on-call residents.


All residents are required to complete one research project during their residency training. The project may be in the form of a review article, small case series, case report, or original research.


Current ongoing resident research/case report project titles include:

Jonathan Benfield, D.O. - Presented on 4/7/2016

Effect of Wheelchair Stroke Pattern on Muscle Fatigue – pending submission to Topics in SCI journal Preceptor: Ameet Nagpal, M.D./Maxim Eckmann, M.D.

Digital Substraction Angiography does not distinguish an artery from vein in epidural steroid i njections; Narrative Review – submitted to Pain Physician

Keith Burau, M.D. - Presented on 4/7/2016

IRB Protocol: Thermoregulation in the Diver with Spinal Cord Injury Preceptor: Mark Fredrickson, M.D.

Melissa Guerra, M.D. - Presented on 4/14/2016

IRB Protocol: Rehabilitation of Geriatric Patients for Participation in GRECC Walking Clinic Preceptor: Carlos Jaramillo, MD, PhD

Ashley Harrington, M.D. - Presented on 4/14/2016
"Changes in Gait Associated with Arm Swing Post Botulinum Toxin in Adults with Spastic Hemiparesis after Stroke" Preceptor: E. Jayne Halmai, D.O.

Gabrielle Nguyen, M.D. - Presented on 5/20/2016
"Capsaicin 8% Patch for Spinal Cord Related Neuropathic pain" Preceptor: Michelle Trbovich, M.D.

Lourdes Varela, M.D. - Presented on 4/22/2016
"The Use of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation Therapy for PTSD and Anxiety in Veterans with TBI" Preceptor: Carlos Jaramillo, M.D., Ph.D.

Octavio Vela, M.D. - Presented on 3/6/2015
"Generalized Infection Following Sacral Lateral Branch Blocks: A CASE REPORT"
Preceptor: Carlos Jaramillo, M.D., Ph.D.

Brittany Bickelhaupt, M.D.
"Stroke Pattern Efficiency and Muscle Fatigue during Wheelchair Propulsion"
Association of Academic Physiatrists: 2016 AAP Annual Meeting February 2016 Sacramento, California, Poster and Presentation.

"Marked Healing of a Quadriceps Tendon Tear with PRP Injections: A Case Reportn"
Currently under editorial review

"Traumatic brain injury resulting from pontine and extrapontine myelinolysis due to acute onset of pregnancy induced diabetes insipidus: A case report "

"Intrathecal baclofen pump catheter extension kit leak discovered with digital subtraction: A case report"
The North American Neuromodulation Society, 2015 Annual Meeting Las Vegas, Nevada, Poster