The priority for the PM&R Dept. is to focus on assisting USUHS with its curriculum reform initiative. Immediate collaboration will take place between existing clinical services at WRNMMC to provide coordinated clinical rotations to USU medical students in order to integrate relevent clinical experiences within their knowledge acquisition of basic sciences. In particular, the PM&R Department will collaborate with the School of Graduate Programs to provide expert musculoskeletal and neuromuscular education by incorporating clinical examination skills and experience with anatomy, physology, and biomechanical instruction.
The PM&R Dept. will enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of USU students on issues especially relevent to the uniformed services, such as complex pain syndromes, combat casualty care, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputee care. Furthermore, because PM&R crosses most healthcare specialties and incorporates interdisciplinary care across all allied health providers, students will also be taught how to conduct and lead interdisciplinary teams by gaining a better understanding and appreciation of other disciplines such as Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Neuropsychology, Social Work Services, Nursing Case Management, Vocational Rehabilitation, Music and Art Therapy, as well as the role of Integrative Medicine (e.g. fitness, nutrition, yoga, acupuncture, massage, etc.) in modern healthcare. As the PM&R Dept matures, it will become increasingly involved in the educational programs of the USU School of Nursing, School of Graduate Programs, and sharing further knowledge to other partnering military treatment facilities.
Finally, the PM&R Department will partner with other federal and non federal agencies, industry and academia to bring cutting edge educational activities and workshops to USU in such fields as Regenerative Medicine, Robotics, Assistive Technology, Virtual Reality, Therapeutic Arts, etc. Dessimination of knowledge will be achieved in collaboration with the USU Office of Public Affairs through publications, presentations and other media outlets. In addition to contributing to the education of healthcare professionals, the PM&R Dept. will also seek to reach out to patients, families and communities.