Physiatrists (specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) provide medical consultation, ongoing assessment and direct rehabilitative care for patients. Physiatrists may work in diverse subspecialty areas to serve persons with various impairments (e.g. stroke and brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputees, musculoskeletal problems), and environments (large urban to rural settings).
Through rehabilitation, people with disabilities (either congenital or acquired through injury or illness) work with teams of health professionals to achieve their goals, and optimize functional independence and participation within their communities. Rehabilitation addresses all spheres of life including mobility, communication, activities of daily living, vocation, leisure, spiritual and emotional concerns.
The Queen's University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation provides local and regional clinical rehabilitation programs (outpatient and inpatient), Undergraduate Health Sciences training, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons accredited Postgraduate training, and relevant clinically based research programs.