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 2018-2019 UW PM&R Chief Residents

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program. Since graduating our first physiatrists in 1963, 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 commitment to training leaders in the field of PM&R. 

As one of the top-ranked programs for hospital-based rehabilitation in the country, our residents, faculty and staff serve 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 residents explore a wide variety of clinical settings through inpatient, outpatient and consultation services. The medical complexity and variety of pathology in our patient population creates opportunities to work alongside and learn from various medical and surgical specialists. Our attending-led didactic curriculum is unique and carefully designed to match residents’ needs. From hands-on workshops to case-based learning, our education reinforces the core principals of rehabilitation medicine while introducing 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 in NIH research funding in 2017. Resident research is fostered through faculty mentorship and a host of opportunities including clinical research and quality improvement initiatives. 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. 

We are the only academic rehabilitation program in the WWAMI region, which extends across the Pacific Northwest from Alaska to Wyoming. The population we serve is geographically, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse which allows our residents to develop outstanding skills in cultural competency and patient advocacy. Our department includes training not only for physiatrists, but also Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Psychology, and Prosthetics & Orthotics with additional faculty in Rehabilitation Counseling and Speech and Language Pathology.  

The Seattle area is known for its exceptional array of cultural offerings and outdoor activities. US News and World Report ranked Seattle at #10 in the list of Best Places to Live in the United States in 2018, commenting on the proximity to nature, local coffee shops and breweries, and overall attitude of calm and patience. The easy access to the outdoors and plethora of events and activities in the city allows residents to optimize work-life balance. 

More information about our residency program and the UW rehabilitation medicine department is available on this website and at http://rehab.washington.edu. Check us out on Instagram at @uwpmr for current updates on residency activities.  


Please reach out to us with questions. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Anna Coles (abcoles@uw.edu) and Stephanie Hendrick (sdhend@uw.edu)  
2018-2019 UW PM&R Chief Residents  

     Anna Coles, MD and Stephanie Hendrick, MD

     Anna Coles, MD and Stephanie Hendrick, MD


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