School of Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pain Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine Residency

Welcome to the PM&R Residency Program

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

PM&R physicians evaluate and treat injuries, illnesses, and disability, and are experts in designing comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans. Physiatrists utilize cutting‐edge as well as time‐tested treatments to maximize function and quality of life.

Founded in 1973, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center is dedicated to providing superior, comprehensive training in rehabilitation care. PM&R residents work closely with skilled, experienced physicians in a variety of practice settings, including acute medical and surgical units, subacute rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient rehabilitation clinics.

Under faculty guidance, our residents care for a diverse patient population and gain in-depth exposure to a range of physical medicine and rehabilitation areas, including musculoskeletal medicine, spine care, chronic pain, spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke rehabilitation, neuromuscular disorders, occupational injuries, sports medicine, electrodiagnostic, pediatric rehabilitation, and orthotics & prosthetics. PM&R faculty members encourage residents to make independent decisions on patient care, treatment, and management, yet provide appropriate guidance and supervision.

Through a balanced curriculum of didactics and clinical experience, our residents graduate with the confidence, clinical skills, and knowledge they need to pursue subspecialty training in all aspects of PM&R and/or practice in the settings of their choice.

Program History

LSUHSC PM&R has been ACGME accredited since 1973. Our program was originally based in the historic Charity Hospital System of New Orleans (1736). As we developed an excellent reputation within the New Orleans medical community, we fostered partnerships and training opportunities with many of the community hospitals within the metropolitan New Orleans region. After Hurricane Katrina devastated and forced the closure of Charity Hospital in August 2005, these partnerships became very important to the program, and our training focus shifted to a wide variety of community medical providers, offering an incredibly unique resident education.

Today, we have training opportunities and partnerships with all of the major medical systems and hospitals in New Orleans. Our residents rotate within a variety of practice settings and experience an extremely diverse patient population. Out of adversity, we have grown into a unique residency training program unlike any other in the country. We are proud that this allows us to produce proficient and experienced leaders in the specialty of Physiatry. 

Program Goals, Objectives, and Procedures


Overall Program Goals and Objectives

Demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  1. Performing a physiatric history and physical including a functional assessment.
  2. Equipment prescriptions, including orthotics, prosthetics, and wheelchair.
  3. Electrodiagnosis
  4. Injection Techniques: peripheral and axial
  5. Physiatric prescription for therapies, exercise, and therapeutic modalities.
  6. Multidisciplinary setting with the physiatrist in the leadership role of the team.
  7. Demonstrate Competencies in
    1. Compassionate, effective patient care
    2. Medical knowledge, and apply to patient care
    3. Practice-based learning
    4. Communication skills
    5. Professionalism
    6. Systems-based practice



Our opportunities for procedures exceed the National ACGME Procedure Requirements.

National ACGME Procedure Requirements:

  • 200 EMG/NCS
  • 5 Axial Epidural Injection
  • 5 Axial Facet Injection
  • 20 Peripheral Joint Injection
  • 20 Botulinum Toxin Injection
  • 10 Ultrasound

LSU PM&R resident procedure average at the conclusion of a four year residency program:

  • 500 EMG/NCS
  • 75 Axial Epidural Injection
  • 75 Axial Facet Injection
  • 200 Peripheral Joint Injection
  • 75 Botulinum Toxin Injection
  • 100 Ultrasound

Faculty & Staff



Patrick Owens, MD
Residency Program Director,
Assistant Professor







Questions about our program may be directed to:

Maggie Niles, Fellowship Coordinator

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