Residency Program

Mission statement

The Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program (PM&R) mission is to produce residents who are adept physicians in the physiatric care of patients in any setting, well-rounded and able to become board certified upon graduation.


Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Program is a 3-year advanced program accepting residents for the PGY-2 position after an accredited internship year.

Program aims:

  1. Provide a comprehensive curriculum enabling residents to acquire PM&R knowledge, skills and attitudes to function professionally in any setting in order to provide optimal, cost-effective care to people with disabilities/injuries.
  1. Prepare residents to pass Parts I and II PM&R Boards upon graduation.
  1. Prepare residents to pursue careers in academics, private or group practices, or be successful candidates for sub-specialty fellowship training.
  1. Help residents be successful during the residency using the Mentoring Program, self-assessment tools and goal setting.
  1. Train compassionate, culturally competent physicians with situational awareness who utilize an evidence based approach for healthcare.
  1. Provide the underpinnings for life-long learning, maintenance of certification, research, and compliance with medical regulatory agencies.


More about us 

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Wayne State University (WSU) Residency Training Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) offers tremendous opportunities for education, growth and career preparation. WSU and the DMC, are nationally recognized for their excellence in numerous areas and provide research opportunities unavailable in non-university settings. Department chairs and faculty are drawn from among the leading researchers and educators in the country.

The Detroit Medical Center's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) is the primary teaching facility for the PM&R residency training program. Our residents also have rotations that take them to Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Karmanos Cancer Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit VA and other clinics in the surrounding suberbs. Click here for more information on the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.

Residents receive training specifically focusing on the care of persons with disabilities, as well as some of the most extensive outpatient musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic experiences available in a PM&R residency. The program offers residents a unique blend of a university academic milieu, coupled with the outpatient musculoskeletal training in a community setting. 

Whether the resident's focus is clinical practice, academic medicine or research, all of these opportunities are available in the DMC/WSU program. Regardless of their area of emphasis, all graduates will have been trained in the entire spectrum of physical medicine and rehabilitation from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, to electromyography, to industrial, pain and musculoskeletal medicine.

For the committed and talented candidate, this program has been designed to provide an outstanding environment for achievement.

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Michael M. Ajluni, M.D.
Program Director

Amy Allemon        
Residency Program Coordinator