Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship

The Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at University of Utah Health offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. The SCI Medicine Fellowship is a 12-month program that offers specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries and related conditions. The SCI Medicine fellow will rotate through a variety of practice settings including the University of Utah Health (acute care hospital and rehabilitation center), Primary Children’s Hospital, and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System Salt Lake City. 

University of Utah Health includes the University of Utah Hospital, which is the oldest Level 1 Trauma Center in the state. There are inpatient acute care beds and outpatient clinics within the hospital. Acute inpatient rehabilitation at the Spinal Cord Injury Program is in the University of Utah Health's Rehabilitation Center; it is the only CARF-accredited program in the state of Utah.  In May of 2020, we moved into a new state-of-the art freestanding Rehabilitation Hospital; located on the campus in near proximity to the main hospital complex.  The Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital is a 150,000 square foot advanced facility, which will be a restorative and healing environment designed to speed recovery and improve quality of life for patients after they return home.

Fellowship Eligibility

The SCI Medicine Fellowship is open to physicians (US citizen or work eligible) who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in PM&R, plastic surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, neurological surgery, neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, surgery or urology. Successful completion of the fellowship program satisfies the eligibility requirement to take the SCI Medicine Certification Examination.

Application Requirements include:

  • Application form found here: http://www.academyscipro.org/sci-fellowship/
  • Personal Statement outlining personal goals and objectives
  • CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (at least one from a Physiatrist)
  • USMILE or COMLEX Step One and Two Scores

We will begin accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year on July 1st, 2021.  Early submission of application materials is encouraged.  The deadline for applications is August 15th, 2021.  All application materials should be emailed to: SCIFellowship@hsc.utah.edu

Important Dates:

  • Match Opens: August 11, 2021
  • Ranking Opens: September 8, 2021
  • Quota Deadline: September 29, 2021
  • Ranking Closes: October 13, 2021
  • Match Day: October 27, 2021

Fellowship Curriculum

The SCI Medicine Fellowship will include clinical experiences in the initial acute care consults and management, acute rehabilitation care, and outpatient management of persons with SCI. Fellows will see patients on the consult service immediately after injury, and will work closely with trauma, spine surgery, pulmonary, and critical care teams. The inpatient experience will involve caring for patients on the acute rehabilitation unit at the University of Utah Health’s Rehabilitation Center (and soon at the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital).   Clinical experiences will be integrated with other clinical disciplines including physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, recreation therapy, pharmacy, respiratory therapy and clinical psychology. 

Outpatient experiences are flexible, and include providing lifelong care for persons with SCI both at the University and at the VA Hospital. There are also both inpatient and outpatient experiences in pediatric SCI and spina bifida at Primary Children’s Hospital. The outpatient clinic opportunities are many and varied, and include educational experiences in wound care, plastic surgery, urology, wheelchair seating, radiology, spasticity management, and continuity of care of the spinal cord injured patients. Other elective opportunities are available to be adapted to the fellow’s areas of interest.

Several unique features of this fellowship include:

  • Development of innovative solutions and assistive technology through integration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah.
  • Diaphragmatic pacing program.
  • Comprehensive management of spasticity using oral medications, chemodenervation, and an active intrathecal baclofen pump program.
  • Teaching opportunities with medical students and residents in PM&R, in addition to close working relationships with other students including clinical psychology post-doctoral students, physical therapy doctoral students, and pharmacy residents.
  • University Health has an active Sports Fellowship, with faculty who have expertise in the care of Paralympic Athletes. VA SLC also has an active recreation program, and opportunities exist for participation in the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games which is held annually.
  • Comprehensive adaptive sports program: TRAILS (Technology Recreation Access Independence Lifestyle Sports). It is a comprehensive outreach program of the Rehabilitation Center at University of Utah Health for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. The program includes many different recreational activities, including indoor spinning, hand cycling, kayaking, sailing, target shooting, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, swimming, and wheelchair tennis. We also have peer support groups, and lectures to the community. See our website for more information. https://healthcare.utah.edu/rehab/support-services/trails.php
  • Many opportunities for participation in a range of research projects, including research focused on increasing active lifestyles and decreasing secondary health conditions.


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