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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital was established in 1912 as Rest Haven Memorial Hospital. In 1948 it became an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago as a facility for treatment of long-term illnesses. In 1963 it was renamed the Charles H. and Rachel M Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital was the Midwest's first fully licensed and accredited rehabilitation hospital.

Schwab has served the community through various rehabilitative efforts since 1948. These efforts include a 102 -bed rehabilitation hospital located on Chicago’s West Side offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs for persons with disabilities. Through our affiliation with Sinai Health System, academic affiliation with the University of Illinois and University of Chicago Hospitals, as well as serving as a referral source for over 50 hospitals in the Chicago area, Schwab is able to provide a continuum of post-acute care for individuals with a wide range of disabilities.

The physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program at Schwab is a large part of the reason that we are able to care for a diverse and complex population of individuals. Resident physicians are continually asking ”why?”, which in turn necessitates that our practices are up to date, evidence-based, as well as patient-centered. The resident physicians are integrated into the interdisciplinary team in the inpatient and outpatient setting; as they demonstrate competence in various arenas, they gradually assume the role of team leader, graduating with the ability to practice independently.

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital is the sponsor of the residency program. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program is a three-year Advanced level program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program is affiliated with the University of Chicago–Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois, Chicago.The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Through diversity in our patient population, rotation sites and dedicated teaching attendings, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital provides an outstanding residency experience. Over the course of three years, residents gain exposure to various types of rehabilitation and outpatient clinics, as well as the fields of sports medicine, rheumatology, electrodiagnosis and chronic pain. PGY-II year is spent exclusively at Schwab while the majority of PGY-III and IV years are spent at associated outside facilities. 



Michelle Gittler, MD
Residency Program Director
Medical Director Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
Chair of the PM&R Department
Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago