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Physical medicine and rehabilitation

In the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Department, you’ll have a comprehensive experience with exposure to inpatient and outpatient PM&R. Our outpatient clinic is based at the Geisinger Bloomsburg orthopaedic office. The inpatient hospital is based at Geisinger Encompass Health Rehabilitation hospital, a partnership between Geisinger and Encompass.

Encompass Health is a leading provider of post-acute healthcare services in the United States, specializing in comprehensive rehabilitation and home healthcare, with numerous hospitals and home health locations across the country.

Our partnership provides you the dual benefit of working with a large healthcare organization and with one of the largest providers of inpatient rehabilitation healthcare services in the nation. The skills you’ll learn here will be valuable at any of the numerous similarly styled rehabilitation hospitals across the country.

Check out our Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency.

Goals and objectives for inpatient

  • Clinical skills: Develop proficiency in comprehensive patient assessments and formulating individualized treatment plans.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration: Collaborate effectively with interdisciplinary teams, actively participating in discussions and team conferences.
  • Patient education: Acquire skills in patient education and counseling, explaining the rehabilitation process, goals and discharge plans.
  • Systems-based practice: Understand and apply healthcare systems, policies and resources to improve patient care, promote efficiency and enhance collaboration among healthcare providers.
  • Professionalism: Exhibit professionalism, respect and a commitment to continuous learning and improvement while upholding ethical principles.

Goals and objectives for outpatient

  • Clinical skills: Develop proficiency in musculoskeletal examinations, accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment planning in PM&R.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration: Collaborate effectively with interdisciplinary teams, contributing to patient care discussions and treatment planning.
  • Patient education: Acquire skills in patient education, providing information on rehabilitation goals, outcomes and self-management strategies. 
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professionalism, ethics and cultural sensitivity while adhering to professional standards.


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Acceptance into the elective is by application only.

All applications must be submitted through Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO®).

Contact us

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Stacey Fenstermacher 
Clinical Campus Coordinator 
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