Greater Lansing - PM&R GME

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medical rehabilitation is global in scope, viewing the person in a holistic manner; attending to, in addition to medical issues, cognitive, social, psychological, and economic problems which are often more disabling than physical impairments. The goal of medical rehabilitation is to alleviate or minimize disability and handicapping conditions to improve the quality of life and self esteem, transforming dependence to independence. Our faculty are dedicated to the provision of quality clinical service to persons with disabilities utilizing the latest research and innovative delivery methods.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has active programs in brain injury rehabilitation; chronic pain rehabilitation; electrodiagnosis; osteopathic manipulative medicine; botulinum toxin injections; inpatient general rehabilitation; physiatric consultation; physical therapy; occupational therapy; speech-language pathology; biofeedback; disability evaluation; neuropsychology and psychological evaluation; vocational evaluation, development, and placement; family education; ergonomic assessments at the work place; and communication services. Additional available services on a consultative basis include audiology, orthotics, prosthetics, rehabilitation engineering and music therapy.

Program Directors: Margaret Fankhauser, DO & Michael Andary, MD
Contact: Brenda Pearson
Phone: (517) 975-7887 or
Fax: (517_ 975-7880

The residency training program is accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). All graduates who successfully complete the program are eligible for certification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Additionally, D.O. graduates who meet the appropriate prerequisites are eligible for certification by the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


  • McLaren Greater Lansing, Pennsylvania Campus, Lansing - inpatient rehabilitation (20 beds), Outpatient/EMG Clinics.
    McLaren Greater Lansing, - inpatient acute care consults, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
    Mary Free Bed Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan focus is on pediatric rehabilitation, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation (80 beds)
  • Michigan State University Clinical Center, East Lansing residency continuity clinic, outpatient general rehabilitation, manual medicine, brain injury and chronic pain, botulinum toxin injections, pediatric rehabilitation, occupational medicine Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
  • Neurodiagnostic Laboratory, McLaren Greater Lansing, Lansing - nerve conduction studies, electromyography, and somatosensory evoked potentials (1200 - 1800 studies per year).
  • Origami Residential Brain Injury Facility: offers exposure to residential and outpatient rehabilitation for patients with brain injury.
  • McLaren Flint. Will offer a variety of PM&R experiences including: Outpatient PM&R Clinics, Electrodiagnosis, Amputee clinic, Spine Clinic Inpatient and Outpatient Traumatic Brain Injury.
  • Owosso. Offers opportunities for general PM&R practice in a small town community hospital. General inpatient PM&R with electrodiagnosis are the areas of focus.


  • Three weeks of paid vacation
  • Competitive salary, benefits, book and travel allowances, and educational leave
  • Michigan Educational Limited License
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation dues
  • American Osteopathic Association dues (if applicable)
  • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine dues (if applicable)
  • Most meals at hospitals
  • Call taken from home
  • Professional liability insurance coverage

Clinical Component

The residency consists of general inpatient rehabilitation experience, specialized training in spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain disability, electrodiagnostic and manual medicine training, outpatient experiences in general rehabilitation, musculoskeletal medicine, ward supervision, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and rehabilitation consultation. Required out rotation experiences also include: osteopathic manipulative medicine, urology, neurology, orthopedics, rheumatology, sports medicine, occupational medicine, and research. One month of elective is offered once during the three years. (Note this elective is in addition to the required out rotations listed above. Residents that complete their research can use the research month as elective).

Didactic Component

Residents participate in a regularly scheduled, cyclic PM&R didactic instructional series that covers all the major content areas in the discipline of PM&R. Other regularly scheduled didactic activities include:
  • Rehabilitation Ward Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Sports Medicine Conference
  • Neurorehabilitation Conference
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy Class
  • EMG Conference
  • Research Committee
  • Educational Modules
Additional didactics are tailored to residents' patient population and personal interests. Training/experience in academic presentations and teaching skills is provided.


The PM&R faculty is comprised of board certified and board eligible physiatrists, manual medicine specialists, registered physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and vocational rehabilitation specialists. All faculty are committed to teaching and are actively involved in education, research, and clinical activity.

Research interests of the faculty include pediatric rehabilitation, electrodiagnosis, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, manual medicine, neuropsychological aspects of rehabilitation, movement disorders, spine disorders, and medical education.

We encourage applications from D.O. and M.D. graduates or medical students who are self-starters and interested in becoming highly skilled, versatile physiatric clinicians who will be prepared to provide outstanding patient care and be active contributors to the advancement of their profession and to their community at large.

This program includes PGY 2, PGY-3, and PGY-4. Separate arrangements are available for PGY-1 positions in Lansing. The residency is funded 8 positions (usually 2 or 3 per year) which allows for individualized teaching and supervision. We believe that this small size provides an excellent, intensive educational experience.


Research and scholarly productivity is encouraged and supported. The residents are required to conduct an independent research project, participate with a project already in progress, or write a review paper suitable for publication. Mentorship for research projects is available.