Training Leaders in PM&R

The University of Washington PM&R Residency Education Program trains physicians to be competent physiatrists to evaluate and manage persons with physical and/or cognitive impairment and disability. We are dedicated to excellence in graduate medical education and the development of future leaders in our field. We foster a collegial environment where residents can reach their professional goals. We value scholarship, professionalism, self-reflective practice, ethical conduct and interdisciplinary patient-centered care.



➤ Residency program administrator

Karen Ennes

PM&R Residency Program
University of Washington
Box 356490
Seattle, WA 98195-6490

Phone:(206) 685.0936
Fax: (206).616.3908

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program meets the General and Special requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and has full accreditation.
Graduates of our department have achieved national recognition in academics, and as clinicians and leaders of professional organizations. The program has trained more department chairpersons than any other program in the country.

Program and GME Leadership

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Peter Esselman, MD, MPT

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Jennifer Zumsteg, MD

PM&R Residency Program Director
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Clinical care and research in TBI, stroke and trauma rehabilitation


Byron Joyner, MD, MPA

Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME)
University of Washington GME

Welcome from the 2017-2018 UW PM&R Chief Residents

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program. Since its inception in 1957, we have been one of the preeminent Rehabilitation Medicine residency programs in the nation. We are proud of our program’s legacy of innovation, excellence in patient care, and continued commitment to training leaders in the field of PM&R.

As the #1 program for hospital-based Rehabilitation in the country, our residents, faculty and staff play an integral role in our regional healthcare system. Our residents rotate at four major hospitals in the Seattle area: University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound Healthcare System, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. At each site, our department offers inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services, allowing our residents to explore a wide variety of clinical settings. The medical complexity of our patient population also creates opportunities for residents to learn from medical and surgical specialists on an acute and outpatient basis. Our attending-led didactic curriculum is unique, carefully designed to match residents needs based on experience and reinforce the core principals of rehabilitation medicine, while also introducing trainees to cutting-edge concepts in rehabilitation science.

The University of Washington has consistently been ranked in the top 10 public research institutions globally, receiving more than $500 million is NIH research funding in 2016. Our residents have opportunities to participate in primary research and quality improvement initiatives, and are encouraged to attend both local and national meetings. Current residents are also engaged with local and national leadership and policy organizations, including the University of Washington Housestaff Association, Washington State Medical Association, AAP, AAPM&R, and AAMC.

The diversity of the surrounding environment enriches resident quality of life. Our department is the only academic rehabilitation program in the WWAMI region, which extends across the Pacific Northwest from Alaska to Wyoming and encompasses over 27% of the US land mass. Our department includes training not only for physiatrists, but also Physical Therapy, Occupational TherapyRehabilitation Psychology, and Prosthetics & Orthotics with additional faculty in Rehabilitation Counseling and Speech and Language Pathology. The population we serve is geographically, ethnically, culturally and socio-economically diverse, allowing our residents to develop outstanding skills in cultural competency and patient advocacy.

The Seattle area is known for its exceptional array of cultural offerings and outdoor activities. US News and World Report recently ranked Seattle at #6 in the list of Best Places to Live in the United States in 2017. The article’s author succinctly sums up life in Seattle when she says, “The scenery and proximity to nature, perhaps, contribute to Seattle's inherent attitude: one of calm and patience. Locals are mocked for always allowing others to merge on the freeway, but that attitude extends to everyday life, where coffee shops harbor intellectual discussions, and nightlife is more about ‘chilling with a beer’ than wild nights on the dance floor.” The calm and patient culture of the city also allows residents to optimize work-life balance.

Thank you for your interest. Please check us out on social media at #uwpmr (Instagram) and UW Rehabilitation Medicine Alumni and Friends (Facebook). Please reach out to us with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Warm Regards,

Sara Parke (sparke87@uw.edu) and David Impastato (dimpas@uw.edu)
2017-2018 UW PM&R Chief Residents


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