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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Primary Care for the Disabled?

Total Credits: 1 including 1 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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VOMA - Virginia
Beverly Roberts-Atwater, DO, PhD
54 Minutes
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation encompasses so many diseases and illnesses that affect patients in many ways. As examples, conditions that limit function affect one in every seven Americans, and the cost of this disability averages more than $170 billion each year.  100,000 Americans sustain severe traumatic brain injury each year. 10,000-20,000 Americans sustain a spinal cord injury, and there are 200,000 living with a spinal cord injury at any given time.  7 of every 100,000 births will result in cerebral palsy, a number that has remained constant over the years, despite advances in modern technology. Physiatrists can play an important role in diagnosing and treating these conditions which could be mitigated without surgical intervention or narcotics.  It is important for primary care physicians to understand when their patients could benefit from this specialty.

Learning Objectives:

Following the completion of this lecture, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand what Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (physiatrist) does
  • Describe what patients are cared for by Physical Medicine and  Rehabilitation (PM&R)  physicians (Physiatrist)
  • Learn the collaborative integration models of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as Primary Care
  • Describe some common diseases and the impact on function in Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation



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Dr. Roberts-Atwater received both a PhD in Psychology and a DO degree from Michigan State University. She did an Osteopathic Medicine Internship at UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson in Newark, NJ and a PM&R Residency at JFK Johnson Rehab Institute in Edison, NJ. Dr. Roberts-Atwater completed a Health Policy Fellowship at Ohio University/New York Institute of Technology in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Roberts Atwater currently is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She served as Medical Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She was nominated and selected by Dr. James Madras, AMA, CEO in 2018, to serve on the national PM&R, program review Committee for ACGME. Her current research and clinical interest have been in the area of spasticity and pain management, particularly as it relates to neuro-rehabilitation challenges in the presence of impaired physical function and acute and chronic pain.

Disclosures: None


Accreditation Information

The Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. VOMA designates this program for a maximum of 1 AOA Category 1A CME credits and will report CME credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation.

​Grievances regarding program administration and reporting of AOA CME credits will be handled on an individual basis Initially, all grievances should be directed to VOMA Executive Director. Participants with grievances that cannot be resolved will be sent to the AOA Council on CME , 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.



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