Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2022 Jun 8. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000002055. Online ahead of print.
The objective of this retrospective, observational study was to quantitatively study the impact of the early COVID-19 pandemic on the inpatient clinical experience of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) resident physicians in an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) setting. Inpatient clinical experience as evidenced by admissions, rehabilitation diagnosis, medical emergencies, acute care transfers, and resident work hours from January to June 2019 (pre-pandemic) were compared January to June 2020 (immediately before and during pandemic). There was a statistically significant decrease in the mean daily admissions in April 2020 and a significant increase in medically complex admissions in June 2020, reflective of medical patterns due to the pandemic. There was a decrease in mean work hours during the pandemic, but no statistically significant difference in admission rate of other rehabilitation diagnoses, medical emergencies or transfers to acute care. This study demonstrates no substantial pandemic related impact on inpatient clinical experience for PM&R residents in the studied program.