Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) has received repeated recognition as one of the country’s top rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our three-year, comprehensive and structured training program accepts three post-graduate year two (PGY2) positions per year.

With a student:faculty ratio of 3:7, our residents work one-on-one with board-certified physicians and follow up to 15 patients with progressive autonomy through the program.

Our graduates typically enter private practice or pursue fellowships in various physical medicine and rehabilitation subspecialty areas.


Our residents spend three years training in the field of physiatry after completion of an approved medical or surgical preliminary internship or transition year. Residents rotate through a variety of specialties in hospitals and clinics throughout Baylor Scott & White Health.

On inpatient rotations, residents manage up to 15 patients at a time. Responsibilities include morning rounds on the entire service with the attending physician, discharge summaries, daily progress notes, new admission work ups and patient conferences. Residents gain experience with inpatient EMGs and Botox injections.

During outpatient rotations, resident responsibilities vary among attending physicians. Residents evaluate patients, develop treatment plans and dictate office notes.

A Typical Rotation Schedule


  • BIR complex medical management
  • BIR General
  • BIR spinal cord injury
  • BIR traumatic brain injury
  • Consults
  • Cerebrovascular accidents
  • Neuro outpatient
  • Outpatient 1


  • Approved elective
  • Baylor Frisco inpatient/outpatient
  • BIR traumatic brain injury
  • Consults
  • Cerebrovascular accidents
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Outpatient 2
  • Pediatrics


  • Elective
  • Cardio pulmonary
  • Outpatient 3
  • Outpatient 4
  • Outpatient 5
  • Pediatrics
  • Senior inpatient


Didactic sessions are held from 7 a.m. to noon every Tuesday with subject matter corresponding to an 18-month rotating schedule of topics.

Presentations are assigned by the chief resident, program director and members of the medical education committee and are provided by multiple sources, including: attending staff, therapists, guest lecturers, nurses and residents. Residents typically give three to four presentations each year.

In addition, monthly lecture series are held on various topics – including EMG, spine, research methods and design, neuroanatomy – and a joint case conference is held with the Baylor Dallas radiology residency program. During training, residents also participate in a human anatomy series and an ultrasound lecture series on campus, as well as a quality improvement workshop presented by STEEEP® Global Institute, a department of Baylor Scott & White Health.

Journal Club

Journal club is hosted one afternoon or evening a month by an attending physician or outside sponsor at sites including Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) or a local restaurant. Articles corresponding to that month’s topic are presented by the assigned team, amounting to three articles. Residents are encouraged to distribute articles of interest at any time, and the program director often sends copies of current, pertinent literature.

Grand Rounds

Grand rounds are held the second Tuesday of each month at BIR. Topics pertain to various aspects of rehabilitation medicine. Residents are responsible for presenting their research project to the department at a grand rounds session near the end of their fourth year.

Our program values and supports rehabilitation research. Residents are required to complete an IRB-approved project by graduation. This is done under the supervision of the medical education committee and with guidance from multiple attending physicians serving as individual mentors. Support is also available from Baylor Scott & White Research Institute.

Residents can design a project or become involved in one of many ongoing studies.

  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals"

    Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 115-acre campus with 915 beds, a Level I trauma center and nationally ranked specialty services.

How to Apply

We use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to electronically accept residency applications, letters of recommendations, dean's letters, transcripts and other credentials directly from your medical school.

Deadline for applications is November 15.

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • ERAS application
  • Medical school transcript
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation (one letter from a physiatrists and one from the applicant's program director are desirable.)
  • Photograph
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and/or COMLEX scores; Step 1 results are mandatory, Step 2 results are desirable
  • Letter from your medical school dean


Applications are reviewed by members of the physical medicine and rehabilitation graduate medical education committee. Following this review, invitations to interview are sent to qualifying candidates via the email address listed on the ERAS application. Interviews are generally held from November through mid-January.

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Rachael Daigle
Phone: 214.820.7192

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency
Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
909 N. Washington Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

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Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our residents a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Dallas

Dallas provides access to metropolitan entertainment and culture while maintaining the lowest cost of living among the top 10 largest U.S. cities.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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