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PA Program

The PA program at Rush University is a unique 33 month program, in which students rotate through various medical specialties and finish the program with a nine month advanced practice rotation. The students rotate in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as one of the core rotations during the program and also have the opportunity to spend an additional nine months as the designated advanced practice rotation. The rotation allows PA students to rotate with different attending physicians from the practice and experience patient care in both in inpatient setting seeing patients in the rehabilitation unit, as well as performing consultations on patients in the acute setting. There is also the opportunity participate in seeing patients in the outpatient clinic. Students are exposed to a wide range of diagnoses from stroke to traumatic brain injury. The rotation provides exposure to a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and helps students develop the skills needed to diagnose and treat these conditions.
Tiffany O'Hern is the Physician Assistant for physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rush and is a member of Rehab Associates of Chicago. She was a student who rotated with the practice in 2012 and has now become a member of the team in 2014. "The practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation is a very specialized area of medicine that focuses on treating the patient's medical, emotional and social needs. Rotating through physical medicine and rehabilitation as a PA student allowed me the opportunity to see how invaluable this specialty is by providing the patient with a comprehensive program to recover from their disease or illness."

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