Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan's "Learning at the 50-Yard Line" program, allows residents of the Wayne State University Department of PM&R to serve as team physicians for the schools of Warren, Michigan. Physiatrists trained in sports medicine supervise and train residents in the on-site management of acute musculoskeletal injuries. Residents teach coaches, players and parents the correct home management of basic injuries. In addition to broadening their education, residents have the opportunity to provide a valuable service to the community.
As part of this unique program, residents participate in several training workshops to learn how to manage on-field injuries.
All residents in the program are exposed to research theory and practice. Research is emphasized through lectures devoted to research methods, and a project developed by the residents under the guidance of the director of research. An Annual Del Harder Research Day is held to feature recent and ongoing research projects at RIM. Faculty, residents and graduate students, participate by making presentations in the areas of medical and psychosocial research. Awards are then presented in each category.
The PM&R residency program relies heavily upon the resources of the Learning Resources Center (LRC) at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. The LRC as one of the most extensive collections in the United States, housing 7,500 volumes and 160 journal titles. The LRC comprises the medical library, patient education library and media center.
Residents also have access to the full collections of the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University system through inter-library loan. Online database searching and other literature searching procedures are available at no cost to faculty, staff and residents. In addition, a full range of media services are available, coordinated by a media specialist. Residents in the program also have access to the WSU School of Medicine facilities, including the expansive Shiffman Medical Library.
Education consultative services are available to faculty, staff and residents at no charge, and a personal computer work station is available to residents in their on-call quarters.