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Welcome from the Program Director

The University of Washington's Residency Program in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation provides an opportunity for residents to develop skills and scholarship in a unique environment. We approach the challenge of working towards mastery in PM&R in an environment of supported autonomy, all with the directed purpose of training tomorrow's leaders in PM&R. Residents care for a wide variety of patients at multiple training sites and experience team-based care in a variety of settings. The University of Washington faculty are a diverse group of national leaders in PM&R, eager to share our expertise and cultivate the next generation of physiatrists. We train the best and brightest residents in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and are proud of all they accomplish during training and beyond. Our residents have diverse backgrounds, trained at allopathic and osteopathic schools and go on to successful careers in both private practice and academics. Rehabilitation Medicine has a strong presence at all of our training institutions and within the UW Graduate Medical Education (GME) community, with long-standing collaborative relationships with other departments and services. 

Please explore our website to learn more about what our program has to offer. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Best regards,

Jennifer M Zumsteg, MD

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Team-Based Rehabilitation Care and Training

Team-Based Rehabilitation
Care and Training

Program Overview

Our department has excellent relationships with clinical departments associated with physical medicine and rehabilitation such as neurosurgery, neurology, and orthopaedics. We also draw upon the basic science research units in the UW School of Medicine and relevant undergraduate and graduate schools.

Each year, residents are accepted at both the PGY-1 and the PGY-2 levels. We have three PGY-1 positions and 27 positions distributed among the PGY-2 through PGY-4 levels.

For those entering at the PGY-1 level, the department has developed a program that satisfies the 12-month experience requirement of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR). Rotations are specifically selected to meet the needs of future physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians), emphasizing the development of skills and knowledge in internal medicine, emergency medicine, pain management, orthopaedics, and geriatrics.

PGY-2 - PGY-4 residents spend one third of their training in inpatient work, but no more than 18 months. Our residents average 13 months of inpatient time, 6.5 months providing consultative care, 12 months caring for outpatients with a wide variety of diagnoses, and 4-5 months on Electromyography (EMG).

The didactic program is structured to cover all the pertinent basic sciences and clinical applications. Opportunities for research abound for the interested resident. Our residents do extremely well on the training and Board exams, and are highly competitive for fellowship positions and clinical practice employment opportunities.

Each resident is assigned a faculty adviser to assist them with navigating residency. Residents build a department mentor team as they advance in training and define their interests. 

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.

Associated fellowship programs including Amputation Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Medicine, Multiple Sclerosis, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Rehabilitation Research, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and Sports Medicine. The University of Washington/VA Puget Sound offers a PM&R Chief Resident Position in Quality and Patient Safety. The University of Washington also offers fellowship programs in Hospice & Palliative Care, Neuromuscular Medicine, and Pain Medicine.

Core Training Sites

Harborview Medical Center

Harborview Medical Center

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

University of Washington Medical Center & Sports Medicine Center

University of Washington Medical Center &
Sports Medicine Center

Seattle Children's

Seattle Children's


The academic curriculum is designed to create a physician who is well prepared to practice in any area of rehabilitation medicine. Our residents do extremely well on the self-assessment and board exams and are highly competitive for fellowships and jobs. Regularly scheduled seminars and conferences on Tuesday and Thursday mornings address a variety of special topics. 

Basic science instruction is carried out in structured courses. These class hours are incorporated into all clinical rotation schedules. This program of instruction begins in the PGY-2 year. The curriculum includes:

  • Amputee Rehabilitation and Principles of Prosthetics

  • Biomechanics

  • Clinical Musculoskeletal Medicine

  • Electrodiagnosis and Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG)

  • EMG Conference

  • Grand Rounds

  • Introduction to PM&R

  • Musculoskeletal Conference

  • Musculoskeletal Medicine and Modalities

  • Neurorehabilitation

  • Orthotics and Assistive Devices

  • PGY-2 Teaching Seminar

  • Practice Management

  • Program Director Sessions

  • Research Methodology & Scholarly Activity

  • Ultrasound Seminar

Requirements for graduation from the residency program include the completion of a scholarly activity designed to include an opportunity for peer review of oral and written work, depending on the individual objectives of the resident. Scholarly activity options include (1) complete additional coursework in instructional methods and prepare and deliver a lecture to the department, (2) manuscript (e.g. case series, clinical review) that is accepted for national presentation and submitted to a journal; (3) complete a formal research project.

Clinical Rotations:

Residents spend an average of 13 months in inpatient training, 7 months of inpatient consultation, 12 months of outpatient clinics, and 4 months of electrodiagnostic training.

Inpatient residents conduct the primary medical and rehabilitation management of 8-12 patients. Consult residents perform consults on hospitalized patients on other services (up to 15 per week), EMGs (two half-day assignments) and have clinic duties (two or three half-days per week). Special rotations, such as at private hospitals, amputee rehabilitation, or cardiac rehabilitation include similar clinic and EMG duties. In the PGY-3 or PGY-4 year, residents are assigned to rotations including EMGs, musculoskeletal clinics, pain management, or research.

Residents take night call from home one week at a time, for an average of four to six weeks each year.

Physician Faculty

  • Juan Asanza, M.D

  • Omar Bhatti, M.D.

  • Aaron Bunnell, M.D.

  • Kathleen Burgess, M.D.

  • Stephen Burns, M.D.

  • Scott Campea, M.D.

  • Leah Concannon, M.D.

  • Deborah Crane, M.D.

  • Joseph M. Czerniecki, M.D.

  • Kate Delaney, M.D.

  • Peter C. Esselman, M.D.

  • Nick Freedman, D.O.

  • Janna Friedly, M.D.

  • Molly Fuentes, M.D.

  • Barry Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Kevin Hakimi, M.D.

  • Mark Harrast, M.D.

  • Jodie K. Haselkorn, M.D.

  • Ross M. Hays, M.D.

  • Jeffrey Heckman, D.O.

  • Stanley Herring, M.D.

  • Julie Hodapp, M.D.

  • Gloria Hou, M.D.

  • Ileanna Howard, M.D.

  • Stephen Johnson, M.D.

  • Cherry Junn, M.D.

  • Marla Kaufman, M.D.

  • Brian Krabak, M.D.

  • George H. Kraft, M.D.

  • Ny-Ying Lam, M.D.

  • Erek Latzka, M.D.

  • Denise Li Lue, M.D.

  • Brian Liem, M.D.

  • Cindy Lin, M.D.

  • Melinda Loveless, M.D.

  • Teresa L. Massagli, M.D.

  • Christopher McMullen, M.D.

  • Lisa McPeak, M.D.

  • David Morgenroth, M.D.

  • Ib R. Odderson, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Marisa Osorio, D.O.

  • Kelly Pham, M.D.

  • Nassim Rad, M.D.

  • Katerina Radkevich, M.D.

  • Maria Reyes, M.D.


  • James P. Robinson, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Desiree L. Roge, MD

  • Neelwant Sandhu, M.D.

  • Virtaj Singh, M.D.

  • Bosco Soares, M.D.

  • Shawn Song, M.D.

  • Pradeep Suri, M.D.

  • Jelena N. Svircev, M.D.

  • Elaine Tsao, M.D.

  • Leilei Wang, M.D.

  • Stuart Weinstein, M.D.

  • Jennifer M. Zumsteg, M.D.

Stipends & Benefits

In October of 2014, the University of Washington Housestaff Association (UWHA) was certified as the labor union and exclusive bargaining representative for the majority of residents and fellows in the UW School of Medicine (UW SOM) . Resident base stipends and benefits are determined by the UWHA Contract and the annual Residency and Fellowship Position Appointment (RFPA) 2017-2018

Additional information prospective residents and fellows is available on the UW GME prospective residents information page. 

 The stipend schedule for 2017-2018 is:

  • PGY-1: $56,520

  • PGY-2: $58,728

  • PGY-3: $61,140

  • PGY-4: $63,768

  • PGY-5: $66,504

Stipend schedules through 2019 are available here

Residents receive 21 vacation days (15 weekdays and 6 weekend days) of paid vacation for each PGY-appointment year. Residents receive 17 sick and health maintenance leave days per PGY-appointment year (12 weekdays and 5 weekend days). Residents may take up to 5 days per appointment year for professional development leave (e.g. present at a national meeting, service on committees of professional organizations, job/fellowship interviews). Residents have the option to take up to 2 unpaid holidays per calendar year for a reason of faith or conscience, or for an organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Options for leave are available for bereavement, parental leave, family and medical leave, civil leave, military leave. 

Benefits include medical insurance, flexible spending account option, dental insurance, life insurance, long term disability insurance and retirements plans.. Other employee benefit programs include dependent care assistance program, Hometown Home Loan program, reduced cost transportation options, The Whole U engagement program, and more. For more information, please visit the summary of benefits for residents and fellows.

Financial assistance is currently provided to all senior residents to register for a national meeting such as the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) annual assembly in the PGY-4 year. Residents who present papers or posters at national meetings may also receive financial support as funds allow, regardless of their level of training.

Residents are entitled to staff privileges at the University, including use of the library resources, computer centers, an e-mail account, athletic facilities including the waterfront activities center, and reduced prices on tickets for many sports, arts and cultural activities.