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PM&R Residency at Gaylord

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Discover how Gaylord's setting provides a restorative, healing environment for our patients and their families. For details and videos about specific programs see the individual program pages.

Senator Richard Blumenthal at Gaylord

At a press conference held on April 1, 2022, to announce that Gaylord had received a $1.2 million dollar grant for the construction of facilities that will be used as part of our newly created physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program, Gaylord's President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera, Chief Medical Director Stephen Holland, MD, and Medical Director, Inpatient Rehabilitation Alyse Sicklick, MD, all spoke about the importance of Connecticut's only PM&R residency to the community and nation. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal also talked about the critical importance of Gaylord's role in the state, country, and world. And about the health system's pivotal role in the care of patients and in training the next generation of physiatrists.  

About Gaylord

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, which offers rehabilitation for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.

The system is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed long-term acute care hospital (LTCH) that provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for a wide range of medical conditions and injuries. Gaylord Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the United States that is CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) certified for comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation and subspecialty certified in spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke and outpatient.

The Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation, located at Gaylord Hospital, is a hub for accelerating world-class rehabilitative research, technology development and innovation. Gaylord is also part of the Spaulding New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury System.

The health system also includes Traurig House, which offers a transitional living program for individuals with a brain injury or stroke, Gaylord Outpatient Services and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency

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As part of the new PM&R residency program offered through the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Gaylord Hospital is a key participating clinical site providing clinical rotations for residents in their second, third and fourth year of residence. The four year program will accommodate four residents per year, for a total of 16 residents, with the first residents starting at UConn Health and Hartford Hospital in 2022, and rotations at Gaylord beginning in 2023.

Our physiatrists are board certified in PM&R, with full-time staff also board certified in spinal cord injury medicine, brain injury medicine and electrodiagnostic medicine.

The PM&R residents’ educational experience is facilitated by our research institute, CME certification, a well-known prosthetics and orthotics service, a wheelchair assessment service, a large recreational therapy department and the latest technology, including exoskeleton robotic systems, unweighted gait systems, FES and some of the most advanced rehab equipment and technology available.

David Rosenblum, MD, is Gaylord’s PM&R residency site director. Dr. Rosenblum is the medical director of the Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation, director of medical education, and director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program. He is also board certified in spinal cord injury medicine and brain injury medicine.

Other clinical sites include Hartford Hospital, UConn Health, Connecticut Children's, Hospital for Special Care and the Veterans Administration. 

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First PM&R Residency Class

Link to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®)

Gaylord aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas — an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

We have a responsibility to staff and every patient or visitor who walks through our doors, regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, language spoken, sexual orientation, gender identification or other life experience that might differ from our own. An organizational culture rich in diverse experiences helps us provide compassionate, cross-cultural care as we lead the effort for equality.

The Gaylord Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion Committee serves as an internal support system to foster a culture and environment that values and respects cultural diversity. The committee engages in research, activities, and provides resources, to increase diversity in the recruitment, retention, mentoring, support, and communication avenues for staff. It provides a platform for open discussion of critical issues and is committed to advancing the organizations’ social justice and health equity mission.

Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion Committee (DEBI) Goals

  1. Promoting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of staff from diverse backgrounds
  2. Respecting and encouraging cultural diversity and inclusion throughout our health system
  3. Creating a climate of inclusiveness, respect, and understanding
  4. Improving access to quality healthcare for underserved populations of our community

 DEBI Committee Announcements Video


Welcome from Dr. David Rosenblum, Associate Program Director; Site Director Gaylord Hospital

Thank you for your interest in Connecticut’s first and only Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency.

Created in partnership with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Hartford Hospital, Gaylord Hospital, and UConn Health, the PM&R residency program is committed to training the next generation of physiatrists to deliver high-quality, evidence-based, and compassionate care to individuals with physical disabilities and impairments.

Physiatry is truly one of the most fulfilling disciplines in medicine. It is a chance to make a significant difference in the lives of people who have experienced life-altering illnesses or injuries.

As a rehabilitation-focused healthcare system, Gaylord Hospital is uniquely positioned to provide the hands-on training that the next generation of physiatrists needs to serve our community, not only in Connecticut but throughout the country.

Gaylord offers a broad continuum of care, including comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, transitional living for brain injury and stroke, the largest adaptive sports program in the region, and the Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation, a hub for accelerating world-class research and innovation.

Gaylord Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the U.S. that is CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) certified for comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation and subspecialty certified in spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, and outpatient.

Our reputation as one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation-focused healthcare systems, coupled with our location on almost 400 acres of pristine countryside in Wallingford, Connecticut, makes Gaylord the ideal environment for a comprehensive, immersive, and intensely gratifying learning experience.

We look forward to providing our PM&R residents the opportunity to learn and work alongside a cohesive team of physiatrists, clinicians, and rehabilitation experts to provide patient-centered care aimed at restoring function – and quality of life.

To learn more about the PM&R residency program, please contact me at (203) 741-3348 or send inquiries to

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