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 (PM&R) at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is dedicated to the education of physicians in the art and practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The aims of the program are to (1) become the leading provider of rehabilitation services in Brooklyn with a primary focus in cancer rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and pain management, (2) graduate competent, compassionate physiatrists who will be able to care for a culturally diverse patient population in a variety of settings and have a strong foundation in patient safety and quality improvement methodology, (3) comprise a team of excellent faculty members that are board certified in PMR and its subspecialties that are committed to teaching residents and actively involved in research and scholarly activities.

Overview of Program

The residency training program in 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
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center
  • James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Unique Pain Medicine, LLC

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 PM&R. 7 of the faculty members have additional sub-specialty certifications in areas such as pain medicine, brain injury medicine, and sports medicine.

Training Institutions



Kingsbrook Rehabilitation Institute

Inpatient rehabilitation; Brain Injury; Consultation Service; EMG lab

James J. Peters VA Medical Center

Spinal Cord Injury & Motor Neuron Disease

New York University Langone Medical Center

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Lenox Hill Hospital (Northwell)

Musculoskeletal, sports medicine and non-operative orthopedics

Unique Pain Medicine, LLC

Interventional pain medicine and non-operative spine care

Sample Schedule*

Post Graduate Year




  • Inpatient Rehabilitation

  • Research & QI

  • 11 months

  • 1 month


  • Brain Injury

  • Consultation Service

  • Senior Ward Rotation

  • Elective

  • Unique Pain Medicine, LLQ

  • EMG

  • 3 months

  • 3 months

  • 3 months

  • 1 month

  • 1 month

  • 1 month


  • James J. Peterson VA SCI

  • NYU Langone Pediatric Rehab

  • EMG

  • Elective

  • Lenox Hill

  • 3 months

  • 2 months

  • 5 month

  • 1 month

  • 1 month

*= effective July 2017

Didactic Curriculum

The curriculum includes didactic lectures, grand rounds, case based learning, journal club, online courses, "gym rounds" and written and oral board review sessions. 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 KJMC 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 residency that emphasizes scholarly activity, quality improvement, an elective in pain medicine, as well as a comprehensive online curriculum. Those residents who complete the program will have this distinction written on their diplomas.

Research and Quality Improvement in Rehabilitation Medicine

The training program places a strong emphasis on research and quality improvement in rehabilitation medicine starting with a month long rotation in the PGY-2 year. Residents receive training in research methodology throughout the didactic curriculum and via online courses. They are mentored by faculty members in developing their own research protocols and are supported in the completion of research projects. Residents are encouraged to present their work at regional and national meetings. Recent research protocols have focused on areas such as stroke rehabilitation, pain management and functional outcomes in patients with cancer and renal disease. Residents also attend departmental and hospital quality improvement meetings and participate in patient safety rounds.

Professional Development

Residents receive individualized career counseling throughout their three years of residency training.

The program has an excellent record of placing its graduates in fellowship programs in the following sub-specialties: interventional pain management, traumatic brain injury, sports medicine and cancer rehabilitation in leading academic medical centers across the United States. These have included:

  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, DC
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Medical College of Virginia
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
  • University of Miami
  • Unique Pain Management, LLC

Salary and Benefits

The program offers a highly-competitive salary and benefit package that includes funding for books and IT applications, a meal allowance, and on-site reduced rate parking. Senior residents also receive financial support for the following conferences: a) American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation’s Annual Assembly, including the pre-conference musculoskeletal ultrasound course, c) one PM&R Board Review course d) Thomas Jefferson’s EMG Review Course and e) NYU Langone Prosthetics & 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 and 2 of the USMLE/COMLEX examinations prior to entry into the program.
  • USMLE/COMLEX Step III examination must be passed by the end of the resident’s PGY-2 year (per hospital contract)
  • Residents must demonstrate successful academic progress.
  • Completion of a scholarly work and a quality improvement project.
  • Completion of all online course work in pain medicine, quality improvement, research methodology, and communication skills.

Information for Residency Applicants:

  • Prospective applicants must apply through ERAS.
  • Application deadline: November 15
  • A combined score of 430 on the USMLE Steps 1 & 2 (or equivalent COMLEX scores) is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed rotations in rehabilitation medicine.

Residency Program Director: Dr.Laurentiu Dinescu

Residency Program Coordinator: SherRon Williams

Chairman, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine: Dr. Marc Ross

For more information, please contact Dr. Laurentiu Dinescu at 718-604-5341.