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Medical Specialist: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

A physiatrist (fizz eye' uh trist) who specializes in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine promotes the restoration of function for children with neurological and musculoskeletal disabilities. A special agreement exists between the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) so that a doctor interested in dual-specialty certification in pediatrics and PM&R can qualify for certification examinations of both boards. The physician must complete training in an approved, combined Peds/PM&R residency-training program designed to be completed in a minimum of 60 months.

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine specialist uses an interdisciplinary approach to manage congenital- and childhood-onset physical impairments, and is trained in all aspects of disability-care management.


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2008.

Written by: JC Jones MA, RN
Last Updated: February 20, 2008
Published By: Healthline Networks Inc.
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