Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

Medical Education

Residency Training Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center


The residency training program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is dedicated to the education of physicians in the art and practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The goal of the program is to train highly-skilled physiatrists that provide excellent, holistic care for people with activity limitations and participation restrictions, who serve as an advocate for their needs.

Overview of Program

The residency training program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center was established in 1959 and is one of the oldest in the United States. Residents rotate through inpatient and outpatient facilities and receive a balanced and broad exposure to all aspects of rehabilitation medicine in a variety of settings. These facilities include:

  • Kingsbrook Rehabilitation Institute
  • Lutheran Medical Center
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • New York Methodist Hospital
  • Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center
  • James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • New York University Medical Center

Residents also have the opportunity to work with physiatrists in private office settings.

Faculty: the program has 10 core faculty members whom are all Board-Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 7 of the faculty members have additional sub-specialty certifications in areas such as pain medicine, palliative care, brain injury, and sports medicine.

Training Institutions



Kingsbrook Rehabilitation Institute

Inpatient Rehabilitation; Electrodiagnosis; Brain Injury; Consultation; Wound Care

Lutheran Medical Center

Palliative Care; Electrodiagnosis; Musculoskeletal Medicine

New York Methodist Hospital

Musculoskeletal Medicine

Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center

Musculoskeletal Medicine; Pediatric Rehabilitation

James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Spinal Cord Injury and Motor Neuron Disease

New York University Medical Center

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Sample Schedule*

Post Graduate Year




  • Inpatient Rehabilitation

  • Research and Quality Improvement

  • 11 months

  • 1 month


  • Brain Injury

  • Consultation

  • Senior Ward Rotation

  • Elective

  • Wound Care

  • Pediatric Rehabilitation

  • 3 months

  • 3 months

  • 3 months

  • 1 month

  • 1 month

  • 1 month


  • Electrodiagnosis

  • MSK- NY Methodist Hospital

  • Pain/Palliative-Lutheran

  • MSK-Woodhull

  • Spinal Cord Injury-James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • 5 months

  • 2 months

  • 1 month

  • 2 months

  • 2 months

*= effective July 2015

Didactic Curriculum

The curriculum includes didactic lectures, faculty presentations, case studies, journal club, online courses, "gym rounds" and a "board review club". The curriculum repeats itself on an annual basis. Anatomy lab is held at SUNY Downstate in a state of the art facility. Dissections and lectures are provided by a faculty member and an anatomist. Residents also have the opportunity to teach medical students rotating through the department.

Pain Medicine track: Residents have the option to participate in a pain medicine training program while in their residency training that emphasizes scholarly teaching and quality improvement activities in pain medicine, as well as a comprehensive online curriculum.

Research and Quality Improvement in Rehabilitation Medicine

The program places a strong emphasis on research and quality improvement in rehabilitation medicine through a month long rotation in these areas and residents are encouraged to present their work at regional and national meetings.

Residents receive training in research methodology through the didactic curriculum and online courses. They are mentored by faculty in developing research protocols and are supported in the completion of research projects. Recent research protocols have focused on areas such as stroke rehabilitation, pain management and functional outcomes in cancer and renal disease.

Residents receive training in quality Improvement methodology through their didactic curriculum, online courses and completion of mentored projects in various aspects of rehabilitation medicine. They attend departmental and hospital quality improvement meetings and participate in patient safety rounds.

Professional Development

Residents receive personalized attention to their professional development through a mentored approach and individualized career counseling.

The program has an excellent record of placement of its graduates in fellowship programs in the following sub-specialties of rehabilitation medicine: interventional pain management, palliative care, spinal cord injury, pediatric rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, and sports medicine in leading medical centers in the United States. These have included:

  • Icahn School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Medical Center, NY
  • Hospital for Special Surgery, NY
  • University of Miami
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Metropolitan Hospital
  • Medical College of Virginia

Salary and Benefits

The program offers a highly-competitive salary and benefit package that includes funding for books, a meal allowance, and on-site reduced rate parking. Senior residents also receive financial support for the following conferences: a) national AAPMR meeting for senior residents, b) workshops on musculoskeletal ultrasound, c) PM&R Board review course d) EMG review course and e) Prosthetics and Orthotics course. In addition, residents can attend other national meetings to present their research and quality improvement projects.

Residents also receive financial support to cover the cost of the Part 1 of the American Board of Physical Medicine Certification examination, as well as membership to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

Program Requirements for Graduation:

  • Incoming residents are required to have passed Step 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE examination prior to entry into the program.
  • Residents must demonstrate successful academic progress.
  • Completion of a scholarly work and a quality improvement project.
  • Completion of online course work in pain medicine, quality improvement, research methodology, and communication skills.

Information for Residency Applicants:

  • Prospective applicants must have a minimum board score average of 215 on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 and have passed these examinations on their first attempt.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed rotations in rehabilitation medicine.
  • Prospective applicants apply through ERAS.
  • Application deadline: November 15
  • The program does not sponsor any visas.

Residency Program Director: Dr. Adrian Cristian

Residency Program Coordinator: Jemmry Pantin

Chairman, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center: Dr. Marc Ross

For more information, please contact: Dr. Adrian Cristian at 718-604-5341.