Neurologic Physical Therapy

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  • Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

    The Neurologic Physical Therapy residency program is a cooperative effort between the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the School of Health Related Professions and St. Dominic Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. This program is 12 months in duration, beginning in September and ending the following year. 

    The program is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. The program prepares the resident to take the Neurologic Specialty Examination offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

    The resident is a full-time UMMC employee and receives a competitive salary and a full benefits package. There are no tuition costs required of the resident. The neurologic resident’s experiences include:

    • Clinical experiences in:
      • An inpatient, CARF-accredited rehabilitation hospital
      • An inpatient acute care, teaching hospital
      • Outpatient physical therapy clinics with participation in aquatic rehabilitation
      • Outpatient specialty clinics
     
    • Participation in:
      • Interdisciplinary patient care
      • Educational offerings and learning experiences through the University of Mississippi Medical Center and its departments
      • Collaborative practice with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, nurses and all other members of the health care team
      • Laboratory teaching assistance in an accredited physical therapist educational program in a course/courses focusing on the examination and treatment of patients with neurologic diagnoses

    Requirements

    Neurologic Physical Therapy residencies require the following specific experiences during the program:

      • A minimum of 1,500 hours of clinical practice
      • A minimum of 150 hours of mentored practice
      • A minimum of 75 hours of planned educational experience

    The neurologic physical therapy residents are required to satisfactorily complete the following during the residency period:

    • Orientation processes for each clinical site
    • APTA clinical skills performance evaluation tools for physical therapists
    • APTA core values
    • Generic abilities assessment
    • Skills assessments for clinical examinations
    • Skills assessments for clinical interventions
    • Education/teaching module (minimum of one unit)
    • Patient case reports
    • Critical Appraisal of Therapy (CAT) and/or systematic review
    • Presentation to local, regional or national organization
    • A written final examination

    Application

    Applications for the residency are accepted from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28 prior to the residency beginning in September. Experienced physical therapists and new graduates are encouraged to apply.  Application materials should be submitted to:

    • Kim Curbow Wilcox, PT, PhD, NCS
      Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program Director
      School of Health Related Professions
      University of Mississippi Medical Center
      2500 N. State St.
      Jackson, MS  39216
      E-mail: kcurbow@umc.edu
      Phone: (601) 984-6328
    Application materials should include the following:
    • Completed application form (form may be requested from program director)
    • Three professional references with at least one of the references a current or previous clinical instructor. Reference letters may be sent by the reference directly to our program or the letters can be included by applicants with their application materials in a sealed envelope signed by the reference.
    • Copy of Physical Therapy licensure if applicable or indication of date of licensure examination. The accepted applicant must be licensed in the state of Mississippi prior to beginning the residency.
    • Copy of APTA membership card if applicable (membership in the APTA is preferred)
    • Letter of interest including:
      • Goals and expectations in participating in the residency program
      • Areas of experience or expertise
      • Long-term professional goals in the area of neurologic physical therapy
    • Current resume listing work/clinical experiences, clinical affiliation sites, honors/awards, etc.
    • Official transcript in a sealed envelope from university registrar.
    • Applicants will be notified of acceptance for an interview.

    UMMC offers equal opportunity in education and employment, M/F/D/V