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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, St. Dominic Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and Methodist Rehabilitation Center. This program is 12 months in duration, beginning in September and ending the following August.

The program is accredited 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 employee of UMMC and receives a competitive salary with a full benefits package. There are no tuition costs required of the resident. The neurologic resident's experiences include:

  • Clinical experiences in:
    • An inpatient acute care, teaching hospital with a focus on treatment of patients in intensive care and acute care
    • An inpatient, CARF-accredited rehabilitation hospital with a focus on examination and treatment of patients with stroke, brain and spinal cord injury
    • Outpatient physical therapy clinics with participation in aquatic rehabilitation and assistive technology
    • 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 entry-level physical therapist education program in a course/courses focusing on the examination and treatment of patients with neurologic diagnoses
    • Community service activities
    • Presentations to students and professional staff


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 for students and/or professional staff (minimum of one unit)
  • Patient case reports (minimum of two)
  • Live patient exam (minimum of two)
  • Critical Appraisal of Therapy (CAT) and/or systematic review of literature on a topic of interest
  • Presentation to local, regional or national organization
  • A written final examination


Applications for the residency are accepted from Oct. 1, 2016, to Feb. 22, 2017,  prior to the residency beginning in September 2017. Experienced physical therapists and new graduates are encouraged to apply. The residency accepts applications through the centralized application service for residency/fellowship education, visit RF-PTCAS for specifics on required application materials and to begin the application process.

For questions regarding this residency program, contact:

  • Kim Curbow Wilcox, PT, PhD, NCS
    Director, Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program
    School of Health Related Professions
    Department of Physical Therapy
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216
    (601) 984-6328

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