UK Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a few different options for students who would like to gain clinical experience with our department.

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Course Offerings

You can learn more about all the courses that are offered through UK, as well as detailed descriptions of our courses by visiting The Office of the University Registrar's website. 

RBM 850: Acting Internship in Rehabilitation Medicine (Inpatient) - year 4 elective or requirement, 4 weeks
                  Primary Location: Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital - Course Director: Dr. Sara Salles

RBM 851: Outpatient Rehabilitation Medicine (Outpatient) - year 4 elective, 4 weeks
                  Primary Location: Good Samaritan Hospital (UK) - Course Co-Directors: Drs. Cecil Hollen and Dwan Perry

MD 841:   Geriatric Clinical Elective - year 4 elective (UK students only), 4 weeks
                  Primary Location: Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital - Course Director: Dr. Nancy Stiles

MED 825: Geriatric Care - year 1 and 2, varies
                  Primary Location: Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital - Course Director: Dr. Nancy Stiles

Vintage photo of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital's visitor entrance

Visiting Students

Per AAMC, the guidelines that limited rotations for medical student away rotations for 21-22 no longer apply, and offers have returned to normal for the 22-23 year (as of 12/13/21). For more information, please visit the VSLO 2022-23 Application Season COVID-19 Resources page on AAMC's website. 

For medical students outside of the University of Kentucky, courses are offered through the program VSAS/VSLO. These courses will not only allow students to gain experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation, but also lend to specific first hand knowledge in UK's clinical settings, resident experiences, and patient demographics. We encourage all who are interested in rotating with us to apply! For more specific information, application processes, policies, and more visit the visiting students home page. 

Doctor helping patient with prosthetic arm


Observerships are limited experiences that allow medical students to observe patients in either inpatient or outpatient settings for a non-graded experience; interactions or hands-on clinical work are not allowed. These are limited to two-week durations and a limit of one observership per student to maximize the number of available opportunities. We accept both M3 and M4 students, with M4 students given priority. If you are interested in arranging an observership, please click the "apply here" button below. The department contact is Leslie Justice at should you have issues or questions regarding department specific policies. 

     In order to apply, you will need the following:

  • Your CV and medical school transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • What rotation dates you prefer (two-week maximum duration)
  • If you would prefer outpatient or inpatient experience

Please be sure to apply at least four weeks prior to your requested start date.

Please note, this observership application is for physical medicine and rehabilitation ONLY - each department handles its observership process independently and should be contacted directly for additional information. 

If you have more specific questions concerning observerships and related policies, please visit the Observation and Learning Experience office's webpage.

*Note: participation in any courses listed above or with our department does not increase the likelihood of being offered an interview for our program.*