Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Training Program Director: Franks S. Pidcock, M.D.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine-Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a 1 or 2 year ACGME accredited training program to qualified applicants who have completed an ACGME accredited residency program in either Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or a combined program in Pediatrics and PM&R.

The objective of this program is to educate academic leaders in the field of pediatric rehabilitation medicine with a strong research interest who are also compassionate and effective clinicians. Residents are encouraged to select an area for research early in their training and then link with appropriate faculty research mentors.

Trainees will have many opportunities for experiences with children that have chronic conditions that affect their abilities to actively participate with their environment.

The training program is based at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI), a major center focused on clinical care and research for children with brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and other neurological disorders. It is located on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The Kennedy Krieger Institute houses the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging. This NIH-recognized national center for the development and application of neuroimaging technology includes two MRI scanners. Researchers use MRI to study a number of disorders that affect children including autism, attention deficit disorder, brain injury, cerebral palsy, and Rett syndrome.

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury located at the Kennedy Krieger Institute focuses on rehabilitation and restoration of function for children with paralysis. The Center’s programs include basic science research in restoring spinal cord connections and clinical research in the effects of therapies for restoring function in spinal cord injury.

The Motion Analysis Laboratory at Kennedy Krieger is investigating the performance of reaching and walking in different patient populations including those with cerebellar damage, hemiparesis, hemispherectomy, cerebral palsy, and autism.

The Kennedy Krieger Children’s Hospital provides inpatient care to approximately 250 children per year with a variety of disorders affecting the central nervous system. The outpatient department at Kennedy Krieger sees approximately 12,000 patients per year with many different diagnoses that affect the functioning of children. There are about 100,000 visits each year. This provides a rich clinical experience for the trainees.

Both inpatient and outpatient rotations are provided that would lead to qualification for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine subspecialty board examination.

Interested applicants should contact Frank S. Pidcock, MD at 443-923-9440 or email him at