Consult Service

Medical Student Elective
Consult Service 3705 (arrange)

Rotation Supervisor:
Dr. Heather Asthagiri
Designated signer: Joanne Palmer, Fontaine Research Park Bldg 545 2nd fl., Suite 240, 243-5631
Duration: 2 weeks
Available: Periods 2 & 3 reserved for students with career interest in PM & R; 4, 5 and 7 – 10
Time to report: 8:00 am
Place to report: 6 East, University Hospital
Report to: Dr. Bryant
Typical day: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
With supervisor’s pre-approval a student may be away no more than 4 days during a 4-week rotation without loss of credit.
Number of students per rotation: 2
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory. With supervisor’s pre-approval a student may be away no more than 4 days during a 4-week rotation without loss of credit.
Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service. Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1. Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.
Evaluation should be given to: Attending on service
Course Description: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a patient-centered holistic specialty. A patient-centered team approach is utilized to improve a patient’s mobility and function. The rehabilitation team includes physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers and nutritionists. Students on this rotation will work on the PM&R Consultation Service at University Hospital. Students will develop an understanding of therapy prescription, managing complications of illnesses and injuries that can limit function, and assess patients for inpatient rehabilitation. Arrangements can be made to observe therapy sessions and rotate on the inpatient PM&R service. A daily lecture series is held. There are no night, weekend, or call responsibilities.


  • To learn strategies to decrease complications of prolonged hospital stays such as joint contractures, pressure sores, and deconditioning.
  • To learn a non-invasive approach to treating back pain utilizing physical therapy and medications.
  • To become familiar with speech, physical and occupational therapy.
  • To begin to learn to assess inpatients and determine their rehabilitation needs.

Students at the University of Virginia need to contact:

Joanne Palmer

UVa Musculoskeletal Center, Suite 240

545 Ray C. Hunt DriveCharlottesville, VA 22908-1004
Phone: (434) 243-5631

Fax: (434) 243-5639


Individuals from outside the University need to contact:
Electives Coordinator

UVA Office of Student Affairs

Box 800739 – McKim Hall

UVA HSC Charlottesville, VA 22908