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Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is a cooperative effort between the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the School of Health Related Professions, Batson Children's Hospital, A Focused Brain, Hinds County School District, Rehabilitation Consultants and St. Dominic Outpatient Rehabilitation Service. This program is 12 months in duration, beginning in August.

The program was awarded candidacy status by the American Physical Therapy Association, American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education and will be eligible for accreditation following graduation of the first resident. The program prepares the resident to take the Pediatric 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 pediatric resident's experiences include:

  • Clinical experiences in:
    • Inpatient acute care, teaching hospital with a focus on treatment of patients in acute care, NICU, inpatient rehabilitation and specialty clinic settings
    • Outpatient hospital and community-based settings with a focus on examination and treatment of pediatric patients with developmental disabilities
    • Early Intervention services to children birth to 3 years old
    • School-based physical therapy
    • Specialty areas of community practice including equine-assisted therapy and aquatic therapy

  •  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 pediatric patients
    • Community service activities
    • Presentations to students and professional staff

  •  Requirements.
    • Pediatric physical therapy residents 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 pediatric physical therapy residents are required to satisfactorily complete the following druing 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), systematic review of literature on a topic of interest, or research study
      • Presentation to local, regional, or national organization
      • A written final exam


  • Application
Applications for the residency are accepted from May 1, 2018 to June 15, 2018, prior to the residency beginning in August 2018. 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:
Janet Slaughter, PT, DPT
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
Director, Pediatric 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) 984-6372


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