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JFK Magazine Winter 2019



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Professional Education

The Department of Professional Development & Continuing Medical Education at the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI) is committed to providing the highest quality of educational programs and services for both our own professional staff and the outside community of rehabilitation clinicians, physicians and other health care professionals in New Jersey. It is our goal, in partnership with JRI's clinical departments, JFK Medical Center and other components of JFK Health to foster an educational environment through which clinicians may acquire the skills, knowledge and inquisitiveness to be astute problem solvers and informed practitioners.

Today's health care environment requires professionals to be continually informed of new evaluation and evidenced-based treatment approaches. Our extensive interdisciplinary continuing education program serves professionals across an array of rehabilitation and other health disciplines, including:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists and audiologists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Therapeutic recreation specialists
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors
  • Athletic trainers
  • Nurses
  • Other physicians in multiple specialties

Our activities help clinicians acquire the professional competencies and personal confidence to work within clinical settings with diverse patient populations. We also facilitate possibilities for professional career advancement.

Conferences and Accreditation

We try, whenever possible, to offer a diversity of weekday, evening, and weekend options to accommodate personal and professional scheduling needs. We are an accredited provider for the following organizations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC)

Applications to the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners are made for all offerings applicable to the discipline. Additional accreditation applications are submitted appropriate to the specific audience and content of the education. For more information, please call (732) 632-1570 or (732) 632-1564.

The Department of Professional Development & Continuing Medical Education also coordinates an extensive network of student affiliation programs in physical and occupational therapy and provides educational consultation on student programming to other rehabilitation disciplines. Career education and observations are scheduled for students interested in exploring physical and occupational therapy. For more information, please call (732) 321-7737.

Upcoming Conferences

Awakening to Sleep Disorders
A Multidisciplinary Symposium for Physicians, Technologists & Respiratory Therapists
Presented by JFK Center for Sleep Disorders Treatment, Research and Education at JFK Neuroscience Institute and The Office of CME at JFK Medican Center
Thursday, September 14, 2017; 7:30am – 3:45pm

Collaborative Stroke Management
Promoting Comprehensive & Primary Stroke Center Networks
Keynote: Dr. Raul Nogueira
Friday, September 15, 2017; 7:30 am – 4:00pm

Our Staff

  • Carole Kolber, PhD, Administrative Director, Professional Development & CME; Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Seton Hall University, School of Graduate Medical Education
  • Shelley Levin, MS, OTR, Clinical Director & Clinical Education Coordinator/Occupational Therapy
  • Pragati Duttaroy, PT, MS, Clinical Director & Clinical Education Coordinator/Physical Therapy
  • Kathleen DeCamp, Events Coordinator
  • Mary Ann Laurita, Events Coordinator
  • Marianne Mohary, Events Coordinator
  • John Sensakovic, MD, PhD, Consulting CME Medical Director

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Post-Doctoral Residency in Neuropsychological

1. Institutions and Program Description

The JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute offers a two-year Post-Doctoral Residency in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation with a concentration in the assessment and rehabilitation of adults with acquired neurologic illness, including traumatic brain injury, stroke and cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, and dementia.  The residency is conducted in conjunction with New Jersey Neuroscience Institute. Information about the Rehabilitation Institute and Neuroscience Institute is available at and   

Two specialized residency programs are offered:

Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Adult) (NSM Program Code # 9952): The first year of the residency includes neuropsychological evaluation of patients on an in-patient brain trauma unit and out-patient neuropsychological evaluations. The in-patient component provides specialized training in the evaluation of patients with severe brain injury, including assessment of post-coma and related disorders of consciousness. The Resident will typically spend 1 to 2 days per week on the Brain Trauma Unit, which is the primary in-patient for patients with traumatic brain injury and stroke. Neuropsychological consultation and evaluation is also provided to patients on the Extended Recovery Unit, which provides continued care for medically stable patients with persistent cognitive and physical limitations. During this rotation, the Resident will provide neuropsychological consultation to JFK Medical Center, which allows exposure to patients with diverse forms of neurologic disease (including stroke syndromes, movement disorders, memory disorders and dementia) and general rehabilitation patients The Resident will also conduct neuropsychological evaluations on an out-patient basis for patients with a wide variety of neurologic conditions.

The second year of residency is spent working in a comprehensive, post-acute, neuro-rehabilitation program with specialized training in comprehensive neuropsychological assessment, interdisciplinary treatment planning, intensive cognitive rehabilitation, and mild traumatic brain injury. An emphasis of this portion of the residency is the ability to manage an integrated program of cognitive, physical and psychosocial rehabilitation therapies for persons with acquired brain injury.

General Adult Neuropsychology (NMS Program Code # 9953):
This position offers a concentration in neuropsychological consultation and evaluation of patients seen through the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute as well as the Department of Neurology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, which provide extensive clinical programs for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with complex neurological diseases. Patients are also seen through the neurology and neurosurgical services, including stroke syndromes, movement disorders, brain tumors, epilepsy, memory disorders and dementia. Residents may participate in periodic special procedures (i.e., Wada and mapping) as part of comprehensive pre-surgical epilepsy work-ups.

Educational opportunities are offered through individual and group supervision; neuropsychology rounds, and neurology rounds. Additional educational opportunities are available through attendance at   neuropathology and neuroimaging rounds, basic neuroscience and clinical neurology lectures, and support for continuing education. Network PC’s with Internet access are also provided to the resident in the neuropsychology offices.

Residents are expected to participate in research and demonstrate scholarship consistent with a scientist-practitioner model of training in neuropsychology. Proficiency in clinical research may be demonstrated, for example, through participation in ongoing research, preparation of a comprehensive written review in a relevant topic area of neuropsychology, or presentation of a written case study with supporting literature.

The goal of educating and training the competencies necessary for the specialized practice of clinical neuropsychology are outlined in the Competency Evaluation Form.  The emphasis of training opportunities involve primarily adults and are strong in the areas of neuropsychological rehabilitation, neuropsychological evaluation, neuropsychological consultation and moderate in the areas of forensics, psychotherapy, supervision by residents of other providers.  Availability of patient populations is strong in the areas of     brain injury, stroke; moderate for dementia, epilepsy, brain tumors, geriatric conditions, and general neurology and rehabilitation populations. 

The program administrative structure is headed by Keith Cicerone, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn, Director of Neuropsychology.  Dr. Cicerone provides supervision of out-patient evaluations, and supervises treatment activities during the second year of the residency. Direct supervision during the first year in-patient rotation is also provided by Georgianna Dart, Ph.D and Sarah West, Ph.D. Tasha Mott, Ph.D. provides additional supervision on evaluations and treatment during the second year of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation residency. Dr. Cicerone is ABPP Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology; all supervisors are licensed to practice psychology in New Jersey and are Fellowship-trained, experienced neuropsychologists.

The Department of Neuropsychology employs:

  • 10 full time, 1 part time neuropsychologists (1 with ABPP)
  • 1 pediatric neuropsychologist
  • 2 rehabilitation psychologists
  • 3 neuropsychology residents

2. Compensation

Residents are salaried through the JFK Medical Center and receive the same comprehensive benefits packages offered to all full-time new employees.  This includes medical, dental and prescription coverage.  Educational days and financial support are provided to support professional training activities both on-site and off-site.

Salary for the first year is $35,000.00. The salary for the second year (assuming satisfactory performance) is $36,000.00. Benefits begin the first of the month after the date of hire.

3. Application Procedures

Candidates must submit:

  • A letter of interest
  • Curriculum vita (please submit an electronic copy of your CV)
  • Two clinical work samples representative of level of proficiency in neuropsychology
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Graduate transcript.  Relevant clinical course work should include:
    • Psychopathology
    • Psychometric theory
    • Interview and assessment techniques including interviewing, intelligence testing, personality assessment and neuropsychological assessment
    • Professional ethics.    

Graduate training of residency applicants: 

  • Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology preferred
  • Rehabilitation Psychology, Health Psychology, Counseling Psychology accepted with appropriate experience in neuropsychology


Applications and supporting material should be received by Friday January 29, 2016. Applicants are strongly advised to submit all required material well before this deadline to receive adequate consideration.

Application material should be sent directly to Ms. Jennifer Cotter, Neuropsychology Residency Program, JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, 2048 Oak Tree Road, Edison NJ 08820. Application materials may be submitted electronically to Submission of materials in advance of the deadline is strongly encouraged.

Selected candidates will be invited to attend an on-site interview after review of their application materials, which provides an opportunity to tour the facility and meet with program staff. Interviews will ordinarily not be conducted at the winter meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society.


  • Sept 2015 – Jan 15, 2016 Applicants can register for the APPCN Match online at
  • Friday January 22, 2016 Instructions for submitting Rank Order Lists and obtaining Match results will be available to applicants registered to participate in the match
  • Wednesday January 27, 2016:  Rank Order List Input and Confirmation (ROLIC) system opens for use by applicants and programs.
  • Thursday February 11, 2016: Final date for submission of applicant and program Rank Order Lists. No Rank Order Lists, registrations or withdrawals can be accepted after this date.
  • Monday February 22, 2016:  Results of the Match are released to applicants and program directors.
  • Residency starting date is on or about September 5, 2015.

The program is a member of the Association of Post-Doctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology and participates in the matching program and uniform notification date. All applicants must complete a Request for Applicant Agreement Package and submit it directly to National Matching Services, Inc.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the matching program, and may also request an Applicant Agreement Package, through the APPCN Resident Matching Program web site at

Applicants should return their Agreement forms and fee directly to National Matching Services Inc. Please note that the date for return of the Agreement form will typically be earlier than the final date for receipt of applications by the Residency Program. The exact date will vary by year and this date should be confirmed directly with NMS, Inc.

4. Training Activities:

The program offers a concentration in rehabilitation of acquired brain injury including participation in interdisciplinary treatment and rehabilitation in a major brain injury rehabilitation institute. 

Research Requirements: All residents are expected to spend approximately 10% of their time devoted to research activities. Residents are encouraged to complete a focused review (narrative or analytic) of literature in an area of their interest during the first year. Residents in the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation track are required to develop, implement and present a single-subject intervention study in the area of cognitive rehabilitation during the second year of the Residency. Residents in the Adult Neuropsychology track are required to present a diagnostic case study during the second year. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in additional research projects through consultation with their supervisor and the program director.

Didactics: Neuropsychologists participate in monthly Neuropsychology Rounds. These typically consist of a case presentation with relevant review of literature. Résidents participate in the Rounds schedule and also are expected to participate in a Mock ABPP Examination during their second year.

Rehabilitation Medicine Journal Club is conducted once a month.

Cognitive Rehabilitation Journal Club is conducted once a month with an emphasis on presentation of an evidence-based intervention article.

Neuropsychology Research meeting is held once a month.

Clinical Service Requirements: Residents spend at least 50% of their time in clinical training activities and direct service provision.  The nature of the clinical training for each of the two Residency specializations is described below.


First Year – In-Patient Rotation (40 – 50 % to in-patient brain injury; 50% out-patient neuropsychological evaluations; consultation to other system inpatient services may be included as a component of training based on clinical and didactic considerations; participation in evaluations and treatment as part of the post-acute brain injury rehabilitation program may be included; up to 10% research)

Direct Clinical Services to Brain Trauma Including:

Neuropsychological evaluation and testing of patients with moderate to severe acute brain injuries across a range of etiologies, including assessment of post-coma and related disorders of consciousness.

Provide feedback regarding diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment recommendations to patients, referring physicians, appropriate staff and therapists.

Provide psychotherapeutic support as appropriate to patients experiencing adjustment related concerns.

Provide information regarding diagnosis, prognosis and treatment to appropriate family members of the patient.

Direct Clinical Consultation Services Including:

Neuropsychological consultation to the general rehabilitation and neuroscience units as well as to JFK Medical Center for evaluation and testing of patients with diverse forms of neurologic disease including stroke syndrome, movement disorders, memory disorders and dementia.

Second Year – Out-Patient Rotation

Direct clinical services to a general outpatient neurologic population consisting primarily of traumatic brain injury and stroke. Out-patient neuropsychological evaluations to a diverse neurologic population including TBI, stroke, tumor, multiple sclerosis and dementia. Specific emphasis on using the neuropsychological evaluation to make treatment recommendations.

Neuropsychological Interventions: Provide individual and group interventions for cognitive disability in patients with acquired neurologic dysfunction. Emphasis is on the integrated treatment of cognitive, emotional and functional difficulties leading to increased productivity, self-efficacy and quality of life. Participation in interdisciplinary treatment planning, and coordination of services within a comprehensive, holistic neurorehabilitation program.

The Resident is expected to devote 10% time to research activities.

The resident is required to conduct a single-subject intervention study. Residents may also participate in existing research, including analysis of an existing data base, or other scholarly activity. We encourage Residents to identify a research project that reflects their clinical interests.


Direct Clinical Services Including:

Neuropsychological evaluation and testing of patients with epilepsy, brain tumors, movement disorders, dementia, and other neurologic illnesses (participation in additional special procedures such as Wada testing and cortical mapping will be included).

Provide feedback regarding diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment recommendations to patients, referring physicians, appropriate staff and therapists.

Provide information regarding diagnosis, prognosis and treatment to appropriate family members of the patient.

Provide counseling to patients and family members concerning psychological management and adjustment issues.

Direct Clinical Consultation Services Including:

Neuropsychological consultation to acute and subacute hospital units for evaluation and testing of patients with diverse forms of neurologic disease including stroke syndrome, movement disorders, memory disorders and dementia.

Amount and nature of supervision

New Jersey State licensed psychologists provide all supervision with specialty in neuropsychology.  Supervision includes clinical case formulation and problem solving, review of literature specific to clinical cases, professional ethics, and preparation for appropriate licensure and board certification.

Individual Supervision: Residents receive at least 1 hour of direct supervision for each 5 hours of clinical contact. The resident is expected to function autonomously with this level of individual supervision; however, additional individual supervision can be provided as appropriate to the difficulty and complexity of the resident's clinical case load, in order to ensure an adequate level of clinical proficiency.

The residency meets the post-graduate clinical and supervision requirements for licensure as a psychologist in the State of New Jersey.  Neither a license nor a permit is required to participate in the residency. However, for residents who intend to use their experience toward New Jersey licensure, it is necessary to obtain a 3-year permit directly from the New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners once the Ph.D. requirements have been completed from your degree granting institution.

Methods to ensure neuropsychology residents’ competence and understanding of ethical standards, individual differences, and cultural diversity in the professional practice of psychology

Such issues and concerns are raised/discussed through monthly Neuropsychology Rounds and supervision.  The resident is required to present at least one ethical issue related to neuropsychology/psychology at these rounds.  Ethical standards and issues are also discussed/addressed on a clinical basis during individual supervision as needed and/or appropriate.

Evaluation and Grievance Procedures

Residents’ competencies are formally evaluated in writing within the initial 6 months and 12 months for each of the two years / rotations (see competency assessment form).  Such evaluations address competency in the areas of general knowledge, assessment skills, treatment, professional responsibilities, administrative responsibilities, and competencies specific to requirements of each rotation.  For areas where satisfactory competencies have not been demonstrated, the training program may be modified as appropriate to allow for greater exposure/experience to develop a satisfactory level of ability.  If, upon formal evaluation, a resident’s proficiency is considered unsatisfactory, s/he is placed on three-month probation. During this period, the resident's performance will continue to be evaluated by her/his direct supervisors and the program director.  If insufficient progress is made during the probationary period and performance is still judged to be unsatisfactory, the resident may be at risk for not successfully completing the residency program or for dismissal from the residency program. 

Residents are encouraged to discuss concerns and/or grievances with the individual supervisor.  If this does not resolve the resident’s concerns, the program director should be consulted to seek resolution.  The resident may file a formal grievance through the Human Resources department of this institution should a satisfactory resolution of the resident’s grievance not be reached through the established internal department protocol.

Pain Medicine Fellowship

Pain Medicine Fellowship

The JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI) offers a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship opportunity in Pain Medicine. The fellowship is open to a board-eligible/board-certified physiatrist, anesthesiologist, neurologist, or psychiatrist. The fellowship is offered at JFK Medical Center and Roosevelt Care Center in Edison, New Jersey and University Pain Medicine in New Brunswick, NJ. These facilities are centrally located in the NY/NJ metropolitan area.

Fellowship Description

The pain medicine fellowship will provide the selected candidate exposure to a multidisciplinary pain program. The candidate will be prepared to practice all aspects of pain medicine and ultimately manage a comprehensive pain program.

Fellowship Objectives

The purpose of the fellowship program is to provide comprehensive pain medicine training. The learning objectives encompass the six core competencies and include training in a variety of areas of pain medicine including, acute pain, chronic pain, cancer pain, and hospice and palliative care.

Patient Care

Goal: The fellow will provide effective and compassionate care to patients with acute and chronic pain.


  1. Learn and perform thorough assessments of patients in acute and chronic nonmalignant and malignant pain
  2. Develop and implement treatment plans using clinical and scientific data and patient preference
  3. Competently perform all medical and invasive procedures considered essential for managing pain which include, but are not limited to:
    1. Image-guided cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal injections
    2. Minor and major joint or bursa injections
    3. Trigger point injections
    4. Sympathetic blocks
    5. Neurolytic techniques including chemical and radiofrequency treatment for pain
    6. Intradiscal procedures including discography
    7. Spinal cord stimulators
    8. Placement of permanent spinal drug delivery systems
  4. Communicate effectively with patients and their families
  5. Achieve and document the required number of patient interactions required in each of the disciplines described in the ACGME Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Requirements

Medical Knowledge

Goal: The fellow will achieve detailed knowledge of the evaluation and management of pain patients. The fellow will learn to critically evaluate and demonstrate the ability to access scientific information.


  1. Develop an analytical approach to clinical situations
  2. Recognize and apply knowledge of clinical sciences that is appropriate to pain medicine
    1. This includes, but is not limited to, the topics stated in the ACGME Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Requirements
  3. Incorporate the didactic teaching in the field of pain medicine into the management of their patient's pain
  4. Develop the ability to critically appraise evidence about treatment effectiveness as it relates to pain medicine
  5. Deliver a monthly lecture on a topic in pain medicine
  6. Engage in a research project designed to improve the field of pain medicine

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Goal: The fellow will investigate and evaluate patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and initiate improvement in patient care.


  1. Utilize their personal faculty, ancillary staff and patient evaluations to assess the effectiveness of patient care activities
  2. Incorporate evidence from scientific studies relating to the treatment of pain into the patient’s treatment plan
  3. Use information technology to support medical decision-making processes
  4. Participate in monthly journal clubs designed to examine scientific studies and utilize information technology
  5. Interact with the professional, technical, and clerical personnel as it relates to patient care
  6. Participate in quality assurance/improvement efforts
  7. Complete the research module in conjunction with the physical medicine and rehabilitation residents

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Goal: The fellow will learn to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, their families, and professional associates.


  1. Work with faculty, colleagues, and support staff in an efficient, courteous manner that facilitates patient care
  2. Develop an ethically sound relationship with patients and their families
  3. Communicate with patients and their families in a manner they can comprehend
  4. Complete the diversity training module


Goal: The fellow will learn to demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to organizational and ethical principles, and demonstrate sensitivity to diverse patient population.


  1. Maintain a professional appearance
  2. Observe HIPAA regulations at all times
  3. Apply professional and ethical principles to the practice of medicine
  4. Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patient’s culture, age, gender, religion, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, beliefs, behaviors and disabilities
  5. Practice medicine that ensures patient safety
  6. Treat the anxious or distressed patient and/or family member with respect, compassion, integrity and kindness

Systems-based Practice

Goal: The fellow will demonstrate an awareness of, and responsiveness to, the larger context and system of healthcare and be able to call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value to their patients.


  1. Provide clear and thorough documentation of the patient evaluation, including information from previous medical records
  2. Obtain appropriate medical records from other facilities
  3. Practice cost-effective healthcare that does not compromise quality of care
  4. Learn business skills necessary for effective practice management
  5. Complete the Medicare billing training module


  1. Neurology Clinic
  2. Interventional procedures
  3. Consultation service
  4. Cancer pain
  5. Continuity clinic
  6. Chronic pain clinic
  7. Acute pain clinic
  8. Psychiatry clinic
  9. Neurosurgery
  10. Electrodiagnosis
  11. Palliative Care


The fellow is required to complete at least one research project during their training. Submitting their research for poster presentations and/or publications is strongly encouraged.

Didier Demesmin, M.D.
Pain Medicine Fellowship Director

Iqbal Jafri, M.D.
Pain Medicine Associate Fellowship Director

Sagar Parikh, M.D.
Pain Medicine Associate Fellowship Director

Lisa Lopez
Pain Medicine Fellowship Coordinator

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
Attn: Lisa Lopez, Pain Fellowship Coordinator
65 James Street
Edison, NJ 08820
Tel: (732) 321-7000 ext. 68121

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Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship

The ACGME Accredited Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Program offered at the JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute is a one-year fellowship opportunity for a Board Eligible/Board Certified physiatrist interested in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Neurorehabilitation. The fellowship is available through a collaborative effort of the Center For Head Injuries, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Edison, New Jersey, and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. This system is renowned for its clinical programs and research.

The Center for Head Injuries at JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute provides rehabilitation services to patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) through a continuum of care rehabilitation model. This model incorporates acute care trauma consults, inpatient acute and sub-acute rehabilitation, and comprehensive outpatient treatment.

This fellowship will provide the selected candidate with exposure to the continuum of care for patients with a spectrum of severity of impairments from brain injury. Senior faculty members are at the core of the clinical care and will be mentoring the fellow. The experiences and challenges of this one year fellowship will prepare the candidate to medically manage the brain injury patient population on the in- and outpatient basis, and ultimately direct and manage a brain injury program.

Upon completion of the program, the fellow will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Clinically manage the medical, pharmacological, and rehabilitative needs of persons with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury.
  • Competently perform mental status and neurological exams as well as interpretation and application of neuro-imaging studies and neuropsychologic testing.
  • Develop and implement specialized treatment regimes including behavioral modification programs and coma management.
  • Function as the leader of the rehabilitation team, designing and implementing comprehensive rehabilitation programs in the brain injury setting.
  • Manage spasticity through various means including serial casting, medications, motor point and nerve blocks, botulinum toxin injections, and intrathecal baclofen pumps.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the management principles and practices related to the brain injury population.
  • Develop an understanding of clinical medical research through topics in statistics, basic measurements, IRB approvals, and clinical design.

Education will be done in a variety of settings in the JFK Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital systems:

  • Inpatient Acute Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Subacute Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Spasticity/ Baclofen Clinic
  • Acute trauma consults
  • Neuroradiology

Electives may be available based on the fellow’s and the department’s needs and interests.

Fellows are encouraged to complete at least one research project during their training. Senior grant funded investigators are working on state of the art research to advance the understanding and clinical care of brain injured patients. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in this research. Submitting case reports for poster presentations and/or publications is strongly encouraged. Project suggestions and assistance may be obtained from the fellowship director and/or other faculty members.

Application Process

Applications can be submitted anytime after June 1st for the next academic year. The application deadline is September 30. Interviews are conducted October to November. The application packet is available in the link below.

JFK will be participating in The Match. Applicants will need to register for the match after the site opens. See link below for important details and dates.

Interested candidates may contact Lisa Lopez the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Coordinator at  

Applications packets can be faxed to (732) 744-5846.

For further information on this fellowship or the application process, please contact:

Brian D. Greenwald, MD
Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Medical Director, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Center for Head Injuries
Associate Medical Director JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
at 732-321-7000, ext. 62018

AAP Podcast -- Fellowship Opportunities: Brain Injury Medicine
Dr. Alice Hon, a spinal cord injury fellow at Kessler Institute and a member of the AAP Residents and Fellows Council, interviews Dr. Brian Greenwald, the Medical Director of Center for Head Injuries and the Associate Medical Director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

Third-year and Fourth-year Electives

The medical student education program at the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI), in Edison, New Jersey offers third-year and fourth-year students opportunities to explore career options within the rapidly growing field of physical medicine and rehabilitation by acquiring new skills, learning techniques and developing their potential. Rotations include didactic and clinical instruction by an experienced and dedicated faculty and attending staff.

JRI is part of the 535-bed JFK Medical Center. It is is a comprehensive rehabilitation facility with 94 inpatient beds, extensive outpatient services, and subacute rehabilitation services.

JRI's specialty services include

  • Stroke and neurological rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical orthopedic care
  • Spinal cord injury rehabilitation
  • Head injury diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Chronic pain management
  • Care for amputees
  • Treatment through our complementary medicine department

JRI also staffs and services several outpatient clinics including those for prosthetics and orthotics, spasticity, spinal cord injury, wheelchair prescription, Muscular Dystrophy and EMGs.

We currently offer five elective programs:

  1. General overview of physical medicine and rehabilitation - This rotation will explore the various services of inpatient rehabilitation, including cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, rehabilitation of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, and orthopedic rehabilitation. A second component of this rotation will explore the area of outpatient rehabilitation. Rotation services include the areas of musculoskeletal medicine, prosthetics and orthotics, integrative medicine (including acupuncture), and sports medicine and other various outpatient clinics. The rotation will also include didactic teaching as well as clinical instruction in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  2. Acting internship in physical medicine and rehabilitation - This is a two- to four-week rotation which comprises an intensive inpatient experience in one of three areas: orthopedic rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. This rotation also includes both didactic teaching and clinical instruction in the field of inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  3. Prosthetic and orthotic and wound care rotation - This two- to four-week physical medicine and rehabilitation rotation explores the treatment of an amputee from initial amputation through the prosthetic fitting. Other areas will include the use of orthotics for extremities as well as spinal orthotics. The evaluation and treatment of wounds will also be explored on this elective rotation.
  4. Acting internship in traumatic and acquired brain injuries - This intensive inpatient rotation deals with those individuals with acquired brain injury and the various medical specialties, rehabilitation and interdisciplinary teams involved in their care. The rotation will also include management of spasticity in the brain injury patient.
  5. Electives in rehabilitation consult services - This two- to four-week rotation will explore the area of rehabilitation consults in a trauma center. Students will rotate through Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ to explore acute rehabilitation on a consultative basis.

Rotations are available for one- to four-week periods throughout the year. Elective rotations are available in the following areas:

  • General rehabilitation (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Consult services
  • Acting internship

We invite you to visit our campus and meet our dynamic and talented staff. For more information regarding arranging an elective rotation at the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, please contact the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at (732) 321-7000, extension 62018.