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Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship

The ACGME-accredited Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Fellowship Program at Children’s National Health System is designed to develop advanced skills in the diagnosis and treatment of children with disabilities. We offer one- and two-year programs. The length of the fellowship is based on the fellows’ applicant’s previous training, and is consistent with the requirements of the ABPMR.

Fellows are responsible for participating in the care of pediatric patients in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. This includes performing and documenting a history and physical examination, formulating and executing diagnosis and treatment plans, and leading the treatment team for the patient in conjunction with the attending physiatrist. The PRM fellows relay recommendations to the patients and their families once the evaluation is complete and facilitate the discussion with the patients and families to make sure that all questions and concerns are addressed.



The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Program offers fellows multiple opportunities for research. Children’s National and its academic affiliate, George Washington University, sponsor courses in biostatistics, epidemiology and clinical research methods. Collaboration is available through Children’s Research Institute, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital Neuroscience Research Center, and the National Institutes of Health. Each fellow is expected to complete at least one research project during the fellowship.



Clinical Education

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Our 12-bed acute inpatient pediatric rehabilitation unit was opened in 2003 at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and is a joint venture between MedStar NRH and Children’s National. MedStar NRH is a free-standing 118-bed hospital. There are approximately 100 admissions to the pediatric unit per year. The most common conditions include: traumatic and non-traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, tumors, neuromuscular disorders, and musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.

Inpatient Consultation

Founded in 1870, Children’s National is one of the nation’s oldest independent children’s hospitals. Children’s National is a free-standing 316-bed tertiary pediatric hospital. Children’s National has over 10,000 inpatient admissions per year. The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellows participate in inpatient consultations at Children’s National (over 400 per year) for patients admitted to NICU, PICU, CICU, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, oncology, general pediatric, and trauma services.

Outpatient Experience

There are over 669,000 outpatient visits per year at Children’s National. As a part of the outpatient rotation, the PRM fellows attend general PRM clinics for children with a variety of functional deficits, including those secondary to: brain injury, cerebral palsy, hypotonia, developmental delay, limb deficiency/amputation, musculoskeletal disorders, rheumatologic and connective tissue disorders, genetic disorders, and oncologic diagnoses. The PRM fellows also see patients in multidisciplinary clinics/ programs such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association sponsored clinic, Spina Bifida/ Spinal Cord Injury, Spasticity/Motor Dysfunction, Perinatal Brain Injury, Skeletal Dysplasia, Brachial Plexus Injury, Torticollis, Neuro-oncology, Myelin Disorder, PICU Follow up, Orthopedic Surgery & PRM, Concussion, Pain Management, Therapeutic Equipment and Brace clinics, and Assistive Technology.

Procedural Training 

Fellows are trained in the procedures related to the field of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, including chemodenervation with botulinum toxin and intramuscular neurolysis with phenol, electrodiagnostic studies, and intrathecal baclofen pump management.

Rotation Schedule Template

 PRM- Two Year Program (Year One)
 Outpatient ResearchInpatient ConsultsDevelopmental PediatricsOutpatient ResearchInpatientNeuroICU Consults
 PRM- Two Year Program (Year Two)
 Outpatient ResearchInpatient ConsultsOutpatient ResearchOrthopedics ElectiveInpatient ConsultsOutpatient ResearchInpatient Consults

Didactic Education

  • Division of PRM weekly didactic series cover the critical elements of the American Board of PMR curriculum for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and include lectures/seminars, case presentations with analysis, and journal clubs.
  • The PRM fellows complete training in the core curriculum for fellows at Children’s National. 
  • Children’s National Grand Rounds, Children’s National neuroscience series, and pediatric neuroradiology rounds. 
  • Ethics rounds facilitated by members of the Children’s National Ethics Committee.
  • Participation in the national conferences (one per year) pertaining to Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • The fellows have an integral role as part of the training program for PM&R residents from MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • The PRM fellows participate in the training of other rotating residents and medical students through daily supervision in the clinical settings and through formal lectures and other didactics.


How to Apply

How to Apply

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship program participates in ERAS and NRMP. Requirements for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship candidacy include:
  • Successful completion of an ACGME accredited residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or
  • Successful completion of an ACGME accredited combined residency program in PM&R/Pediatrics, or
  • Successful completion of ACGME accredited residencies in PM&R and Pediatrics, and
  • American Board of PM&R certification or eligibility, and
  • Eligibility for medical licensure in District of Columbia
Interviews of the applicants for the 2019 academic year will be conducted on September 17, 2018. Interested candidates should complete the application process through ERAS two weeks prior to be considered for the interview.

Selected candidates will be invited for personal interviews. The interview involves meeting with each of the division’s faculty member as well as faculty from related subspecialties and tour of facilities. 

If you have questions, please contact:
Olga Morozova, M.D.
Director of Education and Fellowship
Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Children’s National Health System
111 Michigan Ave, NW, Suite 1090
Washington, DC 20010
Office 202-476-5607
Fax 202-476-5979

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Faculty for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Program include each faculty member in the division of PRM at Children’s National as well as faculty members from MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, faculty members in pediatric subspecialty divisions at Children’s National, psychologists, neuropsychologists, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, a social worker, nurses and orthotists.

Sarah H Evans, MD - Division Chief
Olga M Morozova, MD - Director of Education and Fellowship
Justin M. Burton, MD
Jeffrey P Rabin, DO
Melissa Fleming, MD
Thomas Chang, MD

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often will I work with a pediatric physiatrist?

Our Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine department is composed of six faculty members. All patients who are being evaluated or treated for functional deficits in outpatient and inpatient settings are seen and discussed with a PRM faculty member.

Q: Is there a hospitalist attending who co-treats patients during their acute inpatient rehabilitation?

The pediatric acute inpatient rehabilitation unit is located within the free-standing MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MedStar NRH). The pediatric physiatry team is the primary service responsible for management and treatment of patients during their acute inpatient rehabilitation stay. While there is no hospitalist who co-treats, we work closely with the patients’ specialists at Children's National. MedStar NRH and Children’s National are located on the same campus making it easy to transport patients to outpatient and/or emergency room visits when needed.

Q: What are the call responsibilities?  How often are fellows on call?

Call is taken from home with the exception of weekend and holiday in-house rounding on inpatients. The fellow covers call for one service at the time: either for the pediatric unit at MedStar NRH or the consult service at Children’s National. Call is taken in one week long blocks, with average frequency being one week per month. The fellows have attending physician back-up/supervision when they take call.

Q: What educational resources are provided for the fellows?

Fellows have five educational days that can be used to attend one PRM relevant conference a year. Funding is allocated to help cover travel and conference fees if the fellow is presenting at the conference. Fellows have access to the medical library through Children’s National. Fellows have protected time to attend on site lectures and conferences including but not limited to Fellow Core Curriculum, Grand Rounds and Annual Pediatric Neurology Update.  

Q: How much vacation time is allocated to fellows?

Fellows have 20 vacation days per year which can be taken at any point during the year with approval from the program director and department chair.

Q: What other resources are offered?

Onsite parking is available at Children’s National for a bimonthly fee. Additionally shuttles run regularly from various nearby neighborhoods and metro stations. Benefits include health insurance options, dental insurance, vision insurance, retirement plans, educational assistance, employee reward and recognition programs, life and disability insurance, employee assistance programs, leave, flexible spending accounts and additional benefits.

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