Creighton University School of Medicine
Eric Villanueva is a fourth-year medical student at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE whose vocation is the improvement of quality of life for patients through the profession of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Born in Phoenix, AZ, he moved to Omaha to complete a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Journalism at Creighton University, where he matriculated into medical school. During the summer after his first year, he completed a two-month externship through the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, IL. As part of his externship, he attended and presented a poster entitled "Rehabilitation of nitrous oxide induced paraparesis in an adolescent" at the AAP Annual Meeting 2018.
Since completing the externship, his interest in PM&R has grown. He founded his school's PM&R interest group and created shadowing opportunities, ultrasound workshops, and service projects to interest other students in the field. Additionally, he serves as president of his school's chapter of the American Medical Association (AMA) and delegate at the AMA's Annual Meeting, where he drafts and advocates for policies for the underrepresented. He also finds joy as president of Fit For Life, an organization that provides nutritional programming to Omaha fourth and fifth graders. His research interests are wide within and outside the field of PM&R, including stroke rehabilitation, physician burnout, and cancer database research. His activities, leadership involvement, and research all reflect his passion for helping people to live happier and healthier lives. In his free time, he enjoys running, golfing, and cooking. Eric is grateful to the ACRM for the opportunity to present his poster “Pain and Functional Improvement in Workers' Compensated after Traumatic Injury during Acute Rehabilitation” and looks forward to learning more about the latest research as he pursues a residency in PM&R.