Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) are called "physiatrists," or "medical rehab doctors." They typically functions as the rehabilitation team leader, and direct the treatment plan.
They target in the diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages in three major areas of medical care.
Training: Physiatrists complete a residency training in a specialty (typically 4 years) after medical school. There are roughly 3,000 physiatrists in the US.
Closest program to Marquette: Run through MCW’s Department of PM&R, and based within Froedert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, with additional sites including the Milwaukee VA (where 5 MCW physiatrists practice) and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Unit. The Department is chaired by Dr. John Merritt, who along with 3-4 of his staff, will be giving guest lecturers to our class.
Other physician specialties that are commonly involved in rehabilitation include: neurologists, family physicians, geriatricians, internists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and surgeons (e.g., neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons).
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