Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University has a well-respected residency program with a consistent history of graduating residents who are well prepared for the Royal College and EMG exams, and who are desirable candidates for competitive fellowships and academic positions.

The program has an excellent resident to faculty ratio with an engaged, education focused faculty.

Interdisciplinary collaborative care between Physiatry and other specialties (Orthopedics, Plastics, Neurology, etc) provides unique educational experiences for our residents.

We are part of a large, academic, medical community with a full complement of medical services to allow for a comprehensive residency education without need for travel to other centres.

The City of London provides an excellent setting for resident education, with a combination of beautiful parks and bike trails, excellent cost of living, and a vibrant community with world class concerts, festivals, and dining.

Further details of the Program can also be found on the CANPREPP website.


The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University has a faculty dedicated to clinical and didactic medical education.

The residency program has formal Academic Half-Days on Monday mornings, which are protected learning times where residents are provided education covering all aspects of the Royal College Learning Objectives.
Academic Half-days also include additional learning experiences including Journal Club/Evidence-Based Medicine Rounds, Grand Rounds, Hand and Upper Limb Surgical/PM&R Rounds, and Quality Assurance and Patient Safety Rounds.

Additional formal learning opportunities occur one-on-one with faculty during each trainees CORE physiatry rotations. These are a mix of resident tailored teaching sessions, and clinical hands-on learning.
The residents also have additional learning experiences every year including our Summer Cadaver-based Anatomy sessions, Ultrasound guided injection learning sessions with our Sport Medicine and Pain fellows, and additional opportunities to attend City-Wide Department of Medicine, Neurology and Neuromuscular rounds (amongst others).

In addition, we provide residents with regular practice written exams and OSCEs (Standard OSCE and Teaching OSCE) including opportunity to engage in Inter-City (ie. Tri-City) practice exams with the University of Toronto and McMaster.

Residents are also responsible to participate in the teaching of medical students and their fellow residents. Friday mornings are set aside for resident-run teaching sessions for all those currently on CORE physiatry rotations at Parkwood Institute.

Training Sites

Parkwood Institute

This is the site of most of the core training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation including EMG, MSK, Stroke rehab, ABI, SCI, Prosthetics and Orthotics and other. The Geriatrics and Mental Health teams are also located here.

St. Joseph's Health Care London

This is the site for the Hand and Upper Limb Clinic and Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain clinic along with additional sub-speciality medicine clinics such as Rheumatology, and Endocrinology.

Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic - 3M Centre Western University

This is the site of our Sports Medicine rotation.

London Health Science Centre

The majority of Foundations of Discipline rotations including Internal Medicine and Surgical Services occur between the two LHSC sites – University Hospital and Victoria Hospital.

Children's Hospital of Western Ontario (CHWO)

This, along with Parkwood and the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, are sites of our Pediatric rehabilitation rotation.

Research and Quality Improvement

The Department of PM&R has a group of physicians, and other team members with a strong focus on research and quality improvement.

This includes members of The Gray Centre for Mobility and Activity, a newly formed multi-disciplinary initiative focussed on optimizing health and mobility through the life span.

Please see our Faculty member profile page, and click on Biography for more details of each staff physician’s research interests.

Residents are provided the tools and resources required to complete a Scholarly Project in research AND/OR quality improvement including faculty mentorship, funding, and dedicated time (at least 3 blocks). Formal teaching is provided during Academic Half Day lectures on the foundational knowledge pertaining to Research Methodology, and a formal curriculum (in conjunction with the Department of Medicine) is available for resident’s interested in Quality Improvement.

Additional team members at Parkwood and Western are also available to help guide learners through ethics, statistics and other challenges.

Residents will present an update on their projects each year (Starting in year two (2)) at our PM&R Research Day. Residents will have a role in all aspects of the project from planning, ethics submission, data collection, analysis and manuscription preparation. Projects will be expected to reach a publishable level and residents are encouraged to present their data at the CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting or other National and International Conferences. Funding is provided to residents (speak to our residents for details) to travel and present their projects.

Clinical Expectations

Residents will complete clinical rotations at the various Training Sites where they will be expected to provide patient centred care. They will have graduated responsibility based on their level of training, including inpatient consultations, daily clinical care, outpatient assessment, and overnight on-call duties.

On CORE physiatry rotations Junior residents (R1-3) will be delegated responsibilities commensurate with their level of training. They will often be joined by their Senior Resident (R4-5) colleagues who will have a heightened level of responsibility acting alas a Junior Consultant under the Supervision of their faculty supervisor.

Inpatient rehabilitation patients are situated at Parkwood Hospital with daily patient care shared between Physiatrists and Hospitalists (ie. Family Medicine Colleagues). This allows for a team approach to medical care and affords Physiatrists and residents opportunities to provide diverse outpatient care at and off-site from Parkwood.

The provision of rehabilitative care is really a team effort, with our Staff and Residents working as part of an integrated team of allied health members and nurses. Residents will participate in inter-disciplinary rounds, and learn one-on-one from their non-MD colleagues.

On-call schedules are prepared monthly by the Chief Resident. On-call responsibilities meet PAIRO guidelines. While we acknowledge that being "on-call" is service-oriented, nevertheless, it provides valuable teaching and learning opportunities. A consultant is always on-call with our residents.

In-Training Evaluations

Our program has been constructed so that adequate exposure will be provided in all major areas of PM&R, sufficient to prepare the final year resident for the Royal College Fellowship Examination.

Residents are enrolled in a CBME Competence By Design (CBD) program. This means residents will be expected to meet the EPA requirements for each stage of training. Schulich uses the Elentra platform to collect daily observations forms.

In addition, the Royal College Objectives have been mapped and Rotation Evaluations (ITER’s) have been created to cover additional areas not captured by the EPA forms. For example, assessment of each individual resident's performance is done at the mid-point and at the end of each three-block CORE rotation.

The ITER’s, EPA’s, and performance on annual practice exams is collated and reviewed by our Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Competence Committee on a Quarterly Basis. This committee made up of appointed faculty members, and an elected resident representative, will provide recommendations to the Program Director regarding whether a resident’s performance is ON TRACK or lagging behind.

In addition, each resident has a formal Program Director (PD)-Resident meeting twice yearly to discuss their progress.

Our program also has a robust Faculty Evaluation program with anonymous resident evaluations being reviewed by the Chair/Chief and discussed with Faculty at their annual performance review.


Residents are allowed one week of holiday time during each three-month rotation (additional holidays can be arranged based on application and circumstances). Statutory holidays will be distributed equitably. A five-day holiday period will be arranged over the Christmas period. All holidays must be arranged through the Chief Resident, Program Director, and Administrative Officer and the individual consultant on a given service.

Appeal Mechanism

Postgraduate medical trainees whose performance has been judged unsatisfactory by their teachers have the right to appeal. The grounds of an appeal may include medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances, bias, inaccuracy or unfairness.

The full Appeal Mechanism Policy is available through the Western University Postgraduate Medical Education Office.

Resident Handbook and PGME Policies

The Schulich Resident/Fellow Handbook please see the Postgraduate Medical Education website. 

Schulich Medicine PGME Policies, please see the

Residency Overview and Royal College Requirements

To see the Royal College Training Requirements please click here:

Transition to Discipline (TTD)

  • Initial rotation on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to ensure candidates are provided an orientation to Western, London and the specialty of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Rotation will include inpatient and outpatient duties at Parkwood Institute and St. Joseph's Health Care (Mount Hope and Main building)
  • Goals will include completion of first 4 EPA's, gaining familiarity with patient care at our centre, exposure to the patient population we serve, and meeting and interacting with our faculty, admin, residents, and allied health members.


  • Performing a Physiatry-focused history
  • Performing a Physiatry-focused physical examination
  • Generating a problem list based on the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) Framework
  • Demonstrating safe and effective patient transfer of care
Foundations of Discipline (FOD)

  • This portion of residency will provide you the relevant background in general medicine, orthopedics, rheumatology, neurology, psychiatry and other relevant areas to form the knowledge foundation to provide medical care to our patient populations.
  • You will be exposed to patients with a wide range of impairments, disabilities and participation restrictions.
  • You will be expected to become competent at identifying and managing common emergencies our patients face, while gaining the medical knowledge to provide care pertaining to the wide range of medical co-morbidities that our patients experience.


  • Assessing and Managing non-emergent, commonly encountered issues.
  • Assessing and Providing initial management of emergent and urgent patient issues, and recognizing when to ask for assistance.
  • Performing procedures.

Core of Discipline (COD)

  • During this part of residency you will gain on-service exposure to all core physiatry areas including Brain Injury, Stroke, Amputee, P+O, Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Cardiac, SCI, Pediatrics, EMG and others.
  • You will spend the time required to acquire competency for all core skills required to provide comprehensive management for our patient population.
  • This will account for the largest portion of your residency and will prepare you for the Royal College exam.


  • Performing new physiatric consultations, and develop comprehensive management plans for complex rehabilitation patient groups.
  • Performing focused physiatric assessments and developing physiatric follow-up management plans.
  • Identifying and managing emergent and urgent rehabilitation issues. (key issues listed in EPA)
  • Performing physiatric consultations, and developing management plans for common pediatric rehabilitation populations
  • Performing common physiatric procedures. (Key items listed in EPA)
  • Interpreting physiatry-relevant procedures. (key items listed in EPA)
  • Leading inter-professional meetings.
  • Facilitating the learning of others.

Special Assessment

  • Conducting a scholarly project from inception to completion.

Transition of Practice (TTP)

  • The final stage of your residency training is focused on consolidating your knowledge, and preparing for your transition to functioning as an independent physiatrist.
  • The curriculum will be tailored to each resident's particular career path and goals, and will serve as a way to ensure residents are provided experiences which will make the transition to independent practice as smooth as possible.
  • Residents will also be asked to consider their future role as a health advocate for their patients, as well as a self-advocate to ensure they have a plan in place in order to minimize physician burnout.


  • Managing a Physiatric practice.
  • Developing a professional development strategy.

Special Assessment

  • Planning and completing personalized training experiences aligned with career plans and/or specific learning needs.
  • Contributing to the improvement of health care delivery for persons with impairments/disabilities.

Special Assessment

  • Conducting a scholarly project from inception to completion.