OPTI-West Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the OPTI-West Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare is a three-year, comprehensive, structured training and educational program. It is associated with the OPTI-West Medical Education Consortium.

Our program offers extraordinary training experiences that include learning about and working with the latest rehabilitation therapies and technologies. As they progress in the program, our residents work one-on-one with attending faculty members from Casa Colina’s medical staff, treating up to 14 patients with increasing autonomy. We accept three post-graduate, Year-two (PGY-2) physicians each year.

Attending physicians participating in residency training are board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Board-certified physicians in other medical disciplines, as well as rehabilitation-related healthcare professionals and research faculty, provide additional teaching and training for our PM&R residents.

PM&R Residency Faculty

Justin Phillips, MD
Program Director

David Patterson, MD
Associate Program Director

Marcel Fraix, DO
Department Chair

Allen Huang, MD

Application Information

The OPTI-West Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Applications for the advanced program are only received through Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS).

Three positions are offered each year for the PGY2 level. The Advanced track (PGY2) includes three years in the Casa Colina Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program. Advanced applicants must submit applications to the OPTI-West Residency Program only. Applicants invited to interview will meet with the program director, faculty, and current residents. Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Residency applicants will provide:

  • Dean’s Letter (MSPE) from your medical school.
  • At least three letters of recommendation. We prefer one letter from rehab faculty who worked closely with you and two letters from faculty of your choosing.
  • Scores from the NBOME’s COMLEX-USA Level 1, COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE and PE and/or Step I of the United States Medical Licensing. Examination® (USMLE). We must have your Step I and/or COMLEX 1and 2 PE and CE scores to consider your application. We do not have a formal screening cutoff for USMLE/COMLEX scores. Please note that successful completion of Step II Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills as well as COMLEX Level1 and 2 PE and CE is required to begin any of our residency training programs. We also prefer those who passed their USMLE and COMLEX-USA examinations on the first attempt.
  • Medical school transcripts
  • CV
  • Photograph

Application Deadlines

The deadline to submit ERAS applications for the OPTI-West Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program is November 15. However, it is recommended to apply by mid-October. Once your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the Selection Committee for review.

Applicants selected will be contacted to arrange for an interview.

Salary is competitive. Residents enjoy membership in professional societies, reimbursement for California state medical licenses, and expenses to cover research presentations at regional, state, and national conferences.

Program Administration

For additional information on the OPTI-West Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, please contact Erin C. Bonnetta, Program Coordinator, at pmrrp@casacolina.org or 909/596-7733, ext. 2620.