Program For Matched Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians

Future Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians find that doing a preliminary year in General Surgery at the University of Washington prepares them well for their PM&R residency. With this in mind, the University of Washington Department of Surgery developed a Preliminary Program designed specifically for future PM&R residents. This program will give you the opportunity, as a surgical resident, to understand the surgical patient from earlier periods of an acute illness that lead to the need for rehabilitation. It will also give you foundational skills in vascular surgery, stoma patients, trauma, burns, bariatric, orthopedic and paralyzed patients.

We are proud of our training program as being one of the top in the U.S. and at the same time valuing an atmosphere of camaraderie and high resident morale. We take pride in training residents with diverse interests and future goals and in treating all of our residents equally – whether categorical or preliminary. Our mentorship program will provide you with individualized attention.


Rotations for this program are chosen with a focus on meeting the PM&R RRC requirements required for your R1 year. After this, our focus is to provide a broad based experience in some of the general surgery specialties (GI, Vascular/Endovascular, Burns, ICU, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the VA system, CT, Breast, ER) and the sub-specialties of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery in both the elective and trauma settings. The Program Director is open to accept limited special rotation requests within the pool of options. Most of the time we are able to accommodate them.

Comments from past graduates

“My time at UW was intense and fast-paced. Big hospitals, lots of complicated patient, great cases. The people were fantastic, from the co-interns to the chiefs to the attendings were great to work with. Everyone was excited to teach and learn. I had always heard that in general, prelim interns got treated worse than the categoricals, but I never felt like that at UW. I was always treated with friendliness and respect even though my final destination was not surgery. The learning was good, the work was practical and useful. Seattle is a great place to live, great variety of landscapes and a very fun culturally diverse city, lots of outdoor things to do, family friendly activities abound as well. It was a great decision to do my prelim year in surgery at UW. Thank you!”

Ben Wayment, MD – P1 UW Surgery, University of Utah PM&R