Meeting the Growing Need for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians

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      Disability in childhood is on the rise. In light of the national shortage of pediatric rehabilitation medicine physicians to provide care for the growing population of children with disabilities, the field of pediatric rehabilitation medicine should consider allowing pediatric trainees into pediatric rehabilitation medicine fellowships. There are concerns about how best to train these fellows. This commentary discusses the issues and concludes that training opportunities should be developed to allow pediatricians to become pediatric rehabilitation medicine physicians.


      List of abbreviations:

      ABP (American Board of Pediatrics), ABPMR (American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education), PM&R (physical medicine and rehabilitation), PRM (pediatric rehabilitation medicine)
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