Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation (BSWIR) 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 14 patients with progressive autonomy through the program.

Recent graduates have obtained fellowships (all subspecialties) or joined private or academic practice.


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 14 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 spasticity management.

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

A Typical Rotation Schedule



  • BSWIR Complex Medical Management (1 month)
  • BSWIR General Rehabilitation (1 month)
  • BSWIR Stroke Rehabilitation (1 month)
  • BSWIR Spinal Cord Injury (2 months)
  • BSWIR Traumatic Brain Injury (1 month)
  • BSWIR / Outpatient 3 – Complex Medical Management (1 month)
  • Outpatient 1 – Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG) / Musculoskeletal (MSK) (2 months)
  • Outpatient 5 – Sports and Spine (1 month)
  • Consults (2 months)


  • Approved Selective (1 month)
  • BSWIR Traumatic Brain Injury (2 months)
  • Outpatient 2 – General Rehabilitation (2 months)
  • Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation – Fort Worth Inpatient/Outpatient (2 months)
  • Consults (2 months)
  • Electromyography (EMG) (1 month)
  • Pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center (1 month)
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital (1 month)


  • Approved Selective (1 month)
  • BSWIR General Rehabilitation (1 month)
  • BSWIR Stroke Rehabilitation (1 month)
  • BSWIR / Outpatient Spinal Cord Injury (1 month)
  • BSWIR / Outpatient Senior Rotation (2 months)
  • Outpatient 4 – Interventional Pain (2 months)
  • Outpatient 6 – Sports Medicine (1 month)
  • Outpatient 7 – Neuro Rehabilitation (1 month)
  • Administration (1 month)
  • Pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center (1 month)


Didactic sessions are held from 7 a.m. to noon every Tuesday with subject matter corresponding to a 17-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, and neuroanatomy. During training, residents also participate in a human anatomy series and an ultrasound lecture series on campus.

Journal Club

Journal Club is held on the third Tuesday of the month. Articles corresponding to that month’s topics are presented by the assigned residents. 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 encouraged 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. BSWIR is one of only 10 centers nationwide to have a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System and a Spinal Cord Injury Model System. Model systems give residents access to multiple projects with robust data, funding, and support. Learn more here.

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

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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.

To be considered, please ensure your full application is available on the first day programs can view ERAS – September 25, 2024.

View the most up-to-date ERAS calendar here.

Application Requirements

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

  • ERAS application
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation (one letter from a physiatrist is desirable)
  • Photograph
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and/or COMLEX scores; Step 1 and/or Level 1 results are mandatory, Step 2 and/or Level 2 results are desirable. DO applicants are only required to have COMLEX scores but can have both USMLE and COMLEX.
  • Letter from your medical school dean

In Order to be Considered

We strongly encourage applicants interested in our program to do the following:

  • Signal our program
  • Mention our program specifically in your Personal Statement


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 Thalamus using the email address listed on the ERAS application. All initial interview offers will be sent out by November 7, 2024. Waitlist applicants will also be notified by this date of their waitlist status.

In the event of an interview cancellation or other qualifying event, the program reserves the right to offer interviews to waitlist candidates after this date.

Interviews are generally held from November through mid-January. Currently, interviews are scheduled to be held on November 19, 2024; November 26, 2024; December 3, 2024; and January 7, 2025. All interviews will be virtual.

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

Medical Student Opportunities

Elective rotations are available to fourth-year medical students that are interested in pursuing a residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Interested allopathic or osteopathic students from accredited institutions may apply through the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities application service (VSLO).

Visiting electives may be offered in two or four week rotations from July through January. Students can begin viewing the courses and dates being offered, prerequisites, and institutional requirements at VSLO starting in March. Applications will be accepted starting April 1.

For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Medical Education page.

Contact Us

Taylor Anne Shafer
Phone: 214.820.2234

Verification Requests: BUMCGMEVerifications@BSWHealth.org

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency
Baylor Scott & White 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.

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