Below are stories with patients and physiatrists who describe what "Physiatry is more than_____." These are compassionate and courageous stories of individuals who discovered things about themselves they never thought possible. If you are someone who has seen the power of physiatry at work in your or someone else's life, please share your own story.
Physiatrists Provide a “Helping Hand” in Jamaica Ask just about any physiatrist why they chose the specialty, and the answer is usually the same—an overwhelming desire to maximize function and improve the quality of life for their patients. “Physiatry is a field where we focus on the functional state of the patient,” says Vishal Chandel, … Read More
In July 2017, I celebrated 10 years of being a stroke physiatrist. Ten years of caring for an underserved population at the first Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center in Houston. With an uninsured population of over 50%, our rehabilitation unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center is the only opportunity for acute stroke … Read More
On Friday, October 13, we are taking 24 hours to celebrate the many aspects of physiatry that make it unique and impactful. We want YOU to be a part of the celebration, both leading up to and on the big day! Take Action Now for Physiatry Day 2017 1. Mark ‘Physiatry Day 2017’ on your … Read More
Physiatry Day was launched in 2016 at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Annual Assembly. During the celebration, attendees received a complimentary t-shirt. Well, we have a few leftover, so we’re kicking off #TshirtTuesdays! Submit your #PMRisMoreThan story by clicking here. In turn, we’ll send you a t-shirt! Note: Size options are … Read More
One of Dr. Kyle Silva’s favorite aspects about Physiatry is the innnovation and use of technology in the field. Dr. Silva’s work helps address accessibility challenges for patients needing prosthetics but utilizing 3D printing technology. The ultimate goal, for him, is to maximize his patients’ quality of life. “[Physiatry] is interacting with your patients, optimizing … Read More
Gathering Perspectives of a Unique and Diverse Specialty No matter the clinical focus or practice setting, every physiatrist we’ve ever spoken to mentions how the specialty goes beyond an injury, a condition, or even a particular age group. Physiatry must be more than any of those things in order to properly serve patients and positively … Read More
“Earle, what is the square root of 25?” Earle Powdrell had been in a community hospital in Dallas for 3 days, in what appeared to be a vegetative state. Unable to move his eyes to the right or left, Earle could only – at the time – blink. It was with 5 blinks, that Earle … Read More
Renald Peter T. Ramiro, MD, Advocates for Persons with Disabilities “Physiatry is more than a Medical Specialty…it has become my vocation to reach out and advocate for Persons With Disabilities. And one effort includes the M.O.V.E. (Making Ourselves Vigilant to Exercise) Advocacy of the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM). M.O.V.E. is an effort for … Read More
David Crandell, MD had the opportunity to work with Sgt. Peck, a quadruple amputee patient, over the past 2 months and was able to discuss how physiatrists can get involved in these types of cutting-edge opportunities.
Dr. Sharon Gohari became interested in physiatry after her father suffered a devastating stroke. Seeing how physiatric care helped him overcome its worst effects inspired her to pursue physiatry as a specialty.
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