Name: Brandon Messerli, DO
Undergrad: University of St Thomas
Medical School: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2007
Internship: University of Washington
Residency: University of Washington
Q: What is your hometown? Minneapolis, Minnesota
A: What first attracted you to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation? The care requires the most comprehensive understanding of not only the patient’s medical conditions, but also their functional, vocational, social, and psychological factors. We truly address quality of life issues more than any other specialty.
Q: Why did you chose your residency program?
A: I applied to UW because of it’s reputation and location. I chose UW because my interview day gave me a strong sense that the residents were happy, were very well trained and scoring at the top in the Boards, and were going on to top-notch jobs and academic positions.
Q: Why did you join AOCPMR?
A: As the health care industry is undergoing major reforms, advocacy is more important than ever to ensure Physiatry and Osteopathy maintain and gain recognition by the various parties. Advocacy can only happen with strength, numbers, and money.
Q: What is one goal you have for AOCPMR in the coming year?
A: Allocation of resources and reimbursement is increasingly being linked to proven achievement of quality health outcomes. We need to advocate to Congress that Physiatry has a pivotal role in developing and implementing these improved quality health outcome measures for clinical practice, and subsequently prove that our care helps patients achieve these outcomes.