University Announces New Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

gw physical_therapy_residencyThe George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) recently announced a new neurological physical therapy residency pilot program. The pilot program will reportedly begin in August of 2013. According to information from George Washington University, the program will focus on the treatment and evaluation of individuals with movement problems as a result of injury to the nervous system or disease.

The program is presently looking to enroll two residents who will be responsible for treating patients for 20 hours each week, along with an additional 4 hours per week of one-on-one clinical mentoring. The George Washington University report notes that the program will also include participating in research, teaching in the entry-level GW Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and continuing didactic education.

Residents will also focus on acute rehabilitation, acute care, and outpatient rehabilitation during the 12-month program through a partnership with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

Elizabeth Ruckert, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS, who was instrumental in the creation of the program, says, “These programs are so important to the education and development of clinicians interested in specialty training.” The university report says that with only a handful of neurological PT programs in the nation, GW SMHS will become a leading source of training and knowledge for a growing number of physical therapists seeking to expand their educational opportunities.

Source: George Washington University