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Acute Rehabilitation

  • Rotation Length: 1 month
  • Location: Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill
  • Evaluation: written competency-based evaluation.

Practical Details:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Rehab Rehab Rehab Rehab
  • Fellows participate in the care of patients on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Swedish, under the direction of the medical director of the ARU.
  • Fellows also attend clinic with the staff physiatrists.

Rotation Goals and Objectives:

Patient Care

  • Admit and follow patients admitted to the Acute Rehabilitation service, under the supervision of the attending physiatrist.
  • Participate in outpatient clinic with attending physiatrists.
  • Observe the assessments performed by physical, occupational, and speech therapists.

Medical Knowledge

  • Increase knowledge of common conditions requiring rehabilitation: cerebrovascular disease, neuromuscular disorders, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury.
  • Recognize the natural history and treatment course of patients requiring rehab after stroke.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Learn the criteria for referral to acute rehabilitation.
  • Recognize the important role of physical, occupational, and speech therapists in rehabilitation.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Communicate sensitively and professionally with patients, families, and staff.


  • Interact professionally with the multidisciplinary care team.

Systems-Based Practice

  • Understand the principles of discharge planning and determining an appropriate level of care.
  • Recognize the distinction between Acute and Sub-Acute Rehabilitation.