Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic
The Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic is located in the Hospital for
Joint Diseases, a part of the NYU Medical Center. Residents will meet
the Pediatric Rehabilitation attending on the thirrd floor of the
hospital, located on Second Avenue at 17th Street. This is a clinic
set-up, in which children and adolescents present with a variety of
neuromuscular conditions requiring rehabilitation assessment and
The clinic is staffed by one or two attending pediatric
physiatrists, and is also attended by residents in rehabilitation
medicine. Pediatric residents will see patients on their own, under
supervision of the attending, and will also accompany the attending in
to see selected patients.
In-patient rounds are in the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation
Medicine. The attending physiatrist will set the schedule with the
This clinic and rounds will allow the resident to experience:
- The problems of development caused by chronic neuromuscular
diseases such as cerebral palsy, the muscular dystrophies, and spina
- Children who have had accidents, and
medical conditions causing physically handicapping sequelae such as
near-drowning, AV malformation rupture, neurosurgery, etc., will also
- The various diagnostic aspects of the pediatric physiatry examination.
The resident should gain:
awareness of the roles and activities of the physical and occupational
therapists, including an awareness of the variety of adaptive equipment
and appliances involved in the management of children with physical
awareness of other aspects of management currently in use for these
patients, such as speech and language therapy, feeding therapy,
bracing, pharmacological and surgical management.
of the services used and resources available for these children and
families, such as special education, respite and recreation programs,
transportation services, family support groups, and special camps.
Role of the Resident
The resident should:
participate, through observation and examination of outpatients and
inpatients, and presentation to the Pediatric Rehabilitation attending
- Complete any specific readings to be designated by the Rehabilitation attending.
- Attend several specified didactic presentations which are also set up for Pediatric Rehabilitation residents and fellows.