Two of Jacksonville’s leading medical care facilities are creating a residency program for medical students wanting to pursue a career in the treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries and strokes.
Brooks Rehabilitation and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville announced the formation of the Mayo Clinic PM&R Residency Program on June 26.
PM&R stands for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
The residency will prepare students to maximize patient function, independence and overall quality of life, according to the Mayo Clinic website.
The first class of the four-year training program begins July 1, 2024. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
“This collaboration represents a major step forward in providing comprehensive rehabilitation care to patients in our region, while also training the next generation of PM&R physicians,” said Trevor Paris, chief medical officer of Brooks Rehabilitation System in a news release.
“We look forward to working together to continue to deliver the most innovative care of the highest standard while advancing the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.”
The training begins with Internal Medicine Preliminary Year Program at Mayo Clinic. That is followed by a 12-month rotation for inpatient rehabilitation at the Brooks Rehabilitation inpatient hospital. The training will include pediatrics.
In the last two years, residents will receive outpatient musculoskeletal and neurologic clinics, electromyography and acute hospital consults at Mayo Clinic.
“This accreditation demonstrates our shared commitment to providing exceptional care and training to our patients and residents,” said James Atchison, chair of PM&R at Mayo Clinic and PM&R residency program director, said in the release.
“Our goal is to provide our residents with an outstanding educational experience that prepares them to become leaders in physical medicine and rehabilitation and enhance the overall quality of care for patients.”
Both hospitals have received national recognition.
Brooks Rehabilitation is ranked No. 1 in Florida on Newsweek’s “America’s Best Physical Rehabilitation Centers 2022” list and named to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation” list.
Newsweek ranks Mayo Clinic as the No. 1 hospital in Florida.