Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) again has been recognized as the national leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation, topping the U.S. News & World Report list for the 29th consecutive year. It remains the only hospital of its kind to hold this distinction.
The physician is real. The RN is real, too. But the patient isn’t real, and this conversation isn’t taking place in a patient room. Instead, it’s in the Patient Simulation Lab — commonly called the “Sim Lab” — on the 12th Floor of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The “patient” is a robotic manikin in a wig, and its voice belongs to Pam Pfeifer, RN, clinical nurse manager.
There has been a clear, growing trend of using musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound within the field of physiatry. MSK ultrasound is now an ACGME-required component for PM&R residency training programs. At Northwestern McGaw/Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the MSK ultrasound resident curriculum has expanded and developed significantly over the past few years to provide a robust opportunity for our residents to have great exposure to this emerging technology.
After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, Jenni Grover came to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Pain Management Center for treatment. In the 21 years since she was first diagnosed, Jenni estimates that she’s participated in just about every therapeutic offering at PMC, from biofeedback to occupational therapy. Today, she blogs about her experience with chronic pain as the "ChronicBabe."