I'm a board certified PM&R physician who currently works in an academic hospital. After finishing my residency, I completed a 1 year PM&R ACGME accredited Pain Medicine fellowship. I have been out practicing for approximately one year. I hope to give medical students and residents a perspective on PM&R, and answer questions that cannot be answered in either the PM&R or Pain Medicine forums. Standard Questions 1. What do you enjoy most about your specialty? The multidisciplinary approach to patient care. 2. Is there anything you dislike about your specialty? That more fields haven't fully appreciated what their "friendly neighborhood physiatrist" can offer their patients. We do a lot more than just write physical therapy orders. 3. How many years of post-graduate training does your specialty require? 1 yr internship/transitional + 3 yrs of PM&R residency. Optional fellowships in: Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Spine, Electrodiagnostics, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Multiple Sclerosis. 4. What is a typical schedule like for your specialty? Mostly 8a-5p, Monday-Friday. Some home call on the weekends if you are responsible for covering an inpatient unit. Are the hours/shifts flexible? Very much so. 5. Where do you see your specialty going in five years? Interest in the non-surgical aspect of musculoskeletal medicine, including pain medicine and interventional spine injections has been on the rise. With the returning veterans of war, more emphasis and research will be focused on rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, traumatic brain injury management, and amputee rehabilitation.