New Residency Program is a Hidden Gem of Medication

The inaugural Residents of the Bodily Medication and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency on the College of Connecticut College of Medication are pioneers of the brand new program that started in July.

Whereas this system is the primary in Connecticut, it isn’t a brand new specialty. Starting in World Battle I and increasing throughout World Battle II, the U.S. navy provided help for physiatry as a medical specialty. As injured troopers returned residence for therapy, physiatrists promoted a complete strategy to restoring a soldier’s capabilities. It was additionally used to deal with ache and incapacity brought on by Polio.

Bodily medication and rehabilitation (PM&R), also called physiatry, goals to boost and restore purposeful skill and high quality of life to these with bodily impairments or disabilities affecting the mind, spinal twine, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscle tissues, and tendons. In contrast to different medical specialties that target a medical “remedy,” the targets of the physiatrist are to maximise sufferers’ independence in actions of each day dwelling and enhance high quality of life.

“Physiatrists are specialists in designing complete, patient-centered therapy plans for sufferers with disabilities or impairments to enhance their operate and high quality of life,” says Dr. Joseph Walker, affiliate professor of Orthopedics at UConn Well being.

The residency is a categorical multi-hospital dynamic program sponsored by UConn College of Medication and partnering with Hartford HealthCare as the first web site, Gaylord Hospital because the secondary web site, and UConn Well being.

The primary residents of the four-year program started their transitional internship yr in inside medication this previous July at UConn Well being and Hartford Hospital.  The PM&R rotations will start at Hartford Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation and Gaylord Hospital in July 2023. The residents may even rotate via the Hospital for Particular Care, Connecticut Kids’s, and the Newington VA.

“Our aim is to offer the residents publicity to the complete continuum of care together with inpatient rehabilitation, subacute rehabilitation, residence care providers, and community-based rehab providers whereas encouraging leading edge analysis alternatives whereas they prepare,” says Dr. Subramani Seetharama, program director, chief, Division of Bodily Medication & Rehabilitation, medical director, Hartford Healthcare Rehabilitation Community and the THOCC Backbone Middle.

New Residency Program is a Hidden Gem of Medication
Dr. Gage Hurlburt, PM&R Resident

The Residents are excited to be pioneers on this new program. Dr. Gage Hurlburt from, Martinsburg, West Virginia wished to finish his residency program in New England after graduating from West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medication. He and his fiancé couple matched on the UConn College of Medication.

“I used to be impressed with the superb program Dr. Seetharama was capable of formulate which offers publicity to many various areas of PM&R with a strong curriculum,” says Hurlburt. “I knew it was a terrific match once I gained a really feel for this system’s mission and targets and appreciated the neighborhood outreach part of this system.”

Coming to UConn College of Medication was like coming residence for Dr. Priscilla Mapelli who’s initially from this space of CT and spent her undergraduate on the College of California, Los Angeles, and attended Touro School of Osteopathic Medication in Harlem, NY for medical college.

“I’m so impressed with the quantity of collaboration and work that went into creating this residency,” says Mapelli. “The great thing about a brand new program is that it’s nonetheless being molded and Dr. Seetharama is responsive and receptive to suggestions.”

Neither Hurlburt nor Mapelli had heard of PM&R till medical college, however as soon as they did, they each knew it was a subject they wished to discover.

Dr. Priscilla Mapelli, PM&R Resident

“As soon as, I discovered about PM&R and the flexibility to mix my pursuits outdoors of drugs with my pursuits in medication, I grew to become intrigued with the self-discipline,” says Mapelli. “My spinal twine rotation in medical college solidified the choice.”

“I had a powerful curiosity in anatomy and discover neuroscience and neurology fascinating, mixed with my ardour for sports activities, this was the precise match,” says Hurlburt. “PM&R is like steering the ship and dealing with many specialists to get to a standard aim, I thrive off the group strategy.”

A few of the widespread diagnoses and populations seen by inpatient physiatrists embody spinal twine harm, mind harm (traumatic and non-traumatic), stroke, a number of sclerosis, polio, burn care, and musculoskeletal and pediatric rehabilitation. Inpatient physiatrists are sometimes skilled utilizing collaborative group abilities and work with social employees and different allied well being therapists (e.g., bodily, occupational, and speech) to handle these points.

Outpatient physiatrists handle nonsurgical circumstances together with orthopedic accidents, spine-related ache and dysfunction, occupational accidents and overuse syndromes, spasticity administration, and persistent ache.

Hurlburt and Mapelli agree that essentially the most intriguing a part of PM&R helps folks thrive and optimize their performance.

An vital a part of the residency is the neighborhood applications that Seetharama has created. The Residents will likely be volunteering at clinics in Hartford’s internal metropolis serving the homeless and clinics serving the disabled neighborhood at New Horizons.  Residents may even get alternatives to take part in international well being applications.

“I’m excited to be a part of this sturdy program, now that it’s lastly right here, it’s superior and I can’t wait to see what the following 4 years deliver,” says Hurlburt.

“This has been an incredible expertise to this point, very lengthy hours and days and the workload is an adjustment, however I’m studying a lot,” says Mapelli.

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