It is my pleasure to welcome you to the PM&R webpage. We are a group of specialist physicians who work with people who have disabilities with a goal of maximizing their function and quality of life while minimizing the complications that often accompany significant disabilities. Typically, we work in teams made up of various clinicians to ensure that every opportunity is given to patients following an illness or injury. Our role in the team is to optimize the patient’s medical issues. We treat patients with impairments as strokes, spinal cord injury, amputations, brain injuries, and bone/joint injuries. This year has seen a lot of changes with the introduction of a new program director in February, and a new division head (myself) in March.
Our group is made up of about 30 faculty who are dedicated to best practices and teaching the next generation of PM&R specialists. We were pleased that two of our residents received awards for best paper at our national conference in May 2020. Several of our faculty taught at the national review course in March. Some of our members serve at the Royal College as examiners. One of the benefits of PM&R as a career is the breadth of possibilities. Our members have an exceptionally wide array of interests caring for patients across the lifespan and spectrum of disabilities. Some have done a great deal of work in sports medicine, including Paralympic sport. There are a variety of diagnostic and interventional activities including electromyography, spasticity management, pain management, cancer rehab, amputee and orthotic care, stroke, spinal cord injury, and head injury to name a few of the impairment groups that we care for. Some are leading rehabilitation in the developing world in Guatemala, Uganda, and Nepal.
This coming year will bring us together to take a close look at where we have come from and decide on our strong points on which to build. We will undergo a decision-making process to define where we plan to go in the next five years. We will put a close lens on the strengths of the division and adopt a plan for things we feel are important to accomplish. We are excited about the possibilities in setting priorities to which we will commit.
Nora Cullen, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Specialist, Physical Medicine and Rehab
Professor McMaster University
Division Director, PM&R
Chief, PM&R, Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare