Message from the Chair
I am happy to be here in Nebraska and partnered with such a highly-regarded rehabilitation facility as Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. The Madonna Omaha campus will open in the Fall of 2016, and through the efforts of everyone working there --the physicians, specialized rehabilitation nurses, patient care technicians, social workers, psychologists, nurse case managers and talented therapists (PT, OT and Speech-Language Pathologists) -- we will raise the bar for high-quality inpatient rehabilitation care in Omaha. With the assistance of the Madonna Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, we will provide clinical research opportunities for students and residents, as we work together to improve the lives of Nebraskans with disabling conditions. Further information about the Institute can be found here.
As part of Nebraska Medicine, the PM&R department will have physician outpatient locations in several areas of Omaha, including here at the main UNMC campus. We will offer comprehensive evaluation of spine problems, including surgical consultation when needed, and evaluation/treatment of all types of musculoskeletal problems, including painful conditions of the shoulder, hip, knee and extremities.
As our department grows with addition of new faculty, we will seek to provide services for patients of all ages. The next two years will be exciting ones for the department as growth in faculty recruitment spurs the implementation of an accredited residency program in PM&R, the first such residency in the upper Midwest region. We plan to offer a categorical residency with 4 years of training, the first year consisting of rotations through medical and surgical services, followed by three years of PM&R inpatient and outpatient rotations. We envision training Midwestern and Nebraska medical students who will then stay in this area upon graduation to practice in the Heartland.