Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

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Welcome to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program!

Welcome to the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program. The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation is constantly evolving and we are proud to be a part of the exciting progress. Since 1955, our program has trained over 400 physiatrists and remains dedicated to providing quality healthcare to veterans, training compassionate ethical skilled physiatrists, supporting scientific discovery and field advancement through research, and producing leaders in education, patient care, and advocacy.

About the PM&R Residency Program

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Clinical Sites

A diverse network offers immersion in outpatient and procedure experiences,
inpatient rehab teams and numerous subspecialty clinics.

Community Engagement

Residents volunteer as sideline physicians, surf camp instructors, medical student mentors and more.

Resident Committees

Leadership and team spirit propel student community outreach (“SCOUT”), wellness, volunteer service and Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (“JEDI”).

Applicant Information

Through a palpable culture of camaraderie, the UCLA/VA PM&R residency has produced hundreds of successful alumni.

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“The support of faculty and co-residents in this program is unmatched. The team-oriented culture is intentional and genuinely special. My co-residents and faculty are family and I’ve made so many lasting relationships.”

 – Jessie Bjella, MD – PM&R Chief Resident 2023-2024



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“Mentorship has been a pivotal pillar in my growth and development as a resident here. Our attendings are not only knowledgeable in their craft but are always available to provide extensive guidance and support to assist us in achieving our goals. I am eternally grateful for all they have done for me.”

 – Michael Davis, DO – PM&R Resident


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“The culture of this program and the camaraderie among professionals at all levels, residents to attendings, serves as a guiding light to us – helping us grow, bond and become better doctors together.” 

– Michael Hernandez, Jr, M.D. – PM&R Chief Resident 2024-2025



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“UCLA/VA GLA PM&R residency offers a distinctly well-rounded experience. From the team-based culture to all the unique learning opportunities, this program stands out amongst the rest.” 

– Christopher Lee, MD – PM&R Resident 


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“I love the family feel of the program. I have felt extremely supported and welcomed from the day I got here.”

 – Antonio Casco-Zuleta, MD – PM&R Resident



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“I love the collaborative nature of our program. When treating complex patients we always have the support from our attendings, therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, etc to help each other succeed. Everyone is very willing to help one another.”

- Kristen Clark, MD