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The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Fellowship at Children's Mercy Kansas City is a two-year ACGME-accredited fellowship designed to develop advanced skills in the diagnosis and treatment of children with disabilities. We offer a variety of clinical and educational experiences designed to develop leaders in the field of pediatric physiatry.

The mission of the training program is to develop well-trained pediatric rehabilitation and physical medicine physicians capable of providing exceptional care to children. In order to reach this goal, the fellow is considered both a colleague and a student. Teaching plays a vital role in the program. The fellowship program creates and maintains an environment in which the fellow receives the highest quality of teaching. The teaching is evidence based and the fellow is given graduated responsibility for patient care. While teaching and learning translate to excellence in patient care, the highest priority of the fellowship is educational and not service.



Our faculty recognizes that being mentors and training future pediatric rehabilitation specialists is a privilege. We facilitate adult learning to advance a fellow’s independence as they progress through training. We provide a flexible, collegial educational environment that allows each fellow to thrive. Each faculty member has unique areas of clinical and research focus that will meet the needs of any incoming fellow. The program offers a formalized mentorship program to ensure fellows have personal and professional support as they prepare for a successful career in PRM.

Academic curriculum

The PRM curriculum is designed to advance each fellow’s knowledge and clinical skills to become a leader in the field. Educational opportunities include faculty-led didactics, subspecialist didactic series, journal clubs, grand rounds, and multidisciplinary conferences. Core educational opportunities include:

  • Fellow Boot Camp (led by PRM faculty)

  • Fellow Lecture Series (led by affiliated subspecialists)

  • Journal Club

  • PRM Grand Rounds

  • Multidisciplinary Conferences (collaborative learning):

    • Neuromuscular Conference

    • Brain Tumor Conference

    • Radiology Rounds

All CMH fellows participate in the following educational experiences:

Additional opportunities are encouraged based on each fellow's person interests and goals:

Clinical experience

Our fellows participate in a broad range of outpatient clinics as well as inpatient and consultation services. We offer specialized training in all major areas of pediatric physiatry.


Each outpatient block has a clinical focus to consolidate learning and build on experience.  There are also opportunities to rotate with other subspecialists (listed above in italics) to expand the fellow’s knowledge and clinical exposure. Our clinics include:

  • Baclofen Pump

  • Brachial Plexus Injury

  • Concussion

  • EMG

  • General Rehab

  • Limb Differences

  • Muscle/Nerve

  • Procedure clinics (toxins)

  • Seating 

  • Spasticity/Movement Disorders 

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Spinal Differences

  • Stroke

  • Torticollis

Fellows have Continuity Clinic twice each month and Procedure Clinic monthly.  This allows each fellow to consistently follow patients throughout their training and provides dedicated procedure time for these patients.  Additional procedure training is provided throughout the outpatient rotations, including a variety of toxins and phenol.

The inpatient rotation consists of rounding on patients admitted to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program and consults.


During the course of the fellowship, each fellow will have the ability to conduct research with a chosen faculty mentor. Education will be implemented to teach basic principles of research, how to evaluate research metrics, and apply any information to patient care. Each fellow will be able to choose to start their own research project or join on of the division’s many ongoing projects.

Each fellow will have three dedicated months of research interspersed during their 24 month fellowship to perform a research project. Mentorship will be provided based on a fellow’s interest in a clinical topic. 

Additional opportunities for research education:

  • Masters in Bioinformatics/Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

  • Participating on institutional or industry sponsored studies

  • Biostatistics course for fellows

  • Grant writing workshops

How to apply

Applicants to the Children's Mercy Kansas City Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or

  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited combined residency program in PMR/Pediatrics or

  • Completion of separate ACGME-accredited residencies in Pediatrics and PMR, and

  • American Board of PMR certification or eligibility

Our program participates in Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program. Applications will be considered through the end of October. Three letters of recommendation are required and all candidates must have passed Step 3.

Interviews provide the opportunity for candidates to meet our current fellows and staff and tour our excellent facilities. Interviews are generally held from August to November on Mondays or Fridays. Children's Mercy will arrange and pay for accommodations for one night at a local hotel. The evening before your interview, we also invite you to join our current fellows for dinner in one of Kansas City's numerous entertainment districts. Children's Mercy also reimburses up to $300 in travel expenses for those candidates who travel from outside the Kansas City Metro area to interview.

For international citizens, Children's Mercy primarily accepts applicants with J-1 Visa status. To be eligible for appointment, all international citizens must be sponsored by the ECFMG for the J-1 nonimmigrant Visa classification and have and maintain valid ECFMG certification throughout the length of their training Program. In some cases, Children's Mercy will sponsor an H-1B Visa. Residents/Fellows who wish to change their immigration classification while pursuing a graduate medical training Program at CMH must seek prior written approval from the GME Department. Failure to seek such approval will subject the trainee to immediate termination from his/her training Program.

Thank you for your interest in the PRM Fellowship program! For more information, contact:

Kristy Friel, BA
Pediatric Fellowship Program Coordinator
(816) 302-8420