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PT Neurological Resident Goals and Objectives

Residency Program Contact

For more information regarding residency programs, please contact:

Melissa M. Tovin, P.T., M.A., Ph.D., PCS
Director of Post-Professional Clinical Advancement
Associate Professor 

Goal #1: The resident will demonstrate the highest standard of legal, ethical and professional behavior.

Objectives: The resident will:

  1. Analyze legal and ethical issues affecting the practice of neurologic physical therapy.
  2. Display cultural competency in all areas of clinical practice. 
  3. Exhibit effective oral and written communication with patients, families, caregivers, clinical faculty, administration, physicians, and other members of the health care team.
  4. Accept feedback from clinical faculty and other members of the residency program team without defensiveness and integrate feedback in future practice.
  5. Initiate self-directed learning and demonstrate accountability in didactic and clinical components of residency program.

Goal #2: The resident will demonstrate clinical expertise in the physical therapy management of patients with movement-related dysfunction secondary to neurologic conditions.

Objectives: The resident will:

  1. Effectively self-assess knowledge and skills in neurological clinical practice at the beginning, throughout and at completion of the residency program.
  2. Develop skills and abilities in the practice expectations described in the current Description of Specialty Practice of Neurologic Physical Therapy by
    1. Engaging in a minimum of 1,500 independent clinical patient care hours
    2. Participating in a minimum of 150 hours of collaborative, mentored patient care with an American Physical Therapy Board certified neurologic specialist
    3. Participate in a minimum of 260 hours of didactic coursework 
  3. Effectively and efficiently perform neurological patient examination including selection and administration of tests and measures, evaluation, physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and development of the plan of care.
  4. Choose appropriate interventions which maximize function, independence and quality of life in patients with neurological dysfunction.
  5. Appropriately educate patients, families, caregivers, other health care professionals.
  6. Provide high quality physical therapy services which enhance the function, health, or wellness of individuals with neurologic dysfunction.
  7. Apply evidence-based principles in everyday clinical practice. 
  8. Demonstrate critical thinking and sound ability to justify choices in clinical decision making.
  9. Demonstrate ability to effectively monitor and adapt plan of care based on ongoing reassessment of patient, including discharge planning.

Goal #3: The resident will be a consumer of scientific literature and demonstrate ability to contribute to the neurologic physical therapy body of evidence.    

Objectives: The resident will:

  1. Effectively appraise physical therapy related research linked to neurological clinical practice.
  2. Facilitate regular evidence-based discussions with peers in a journal club or similar format.
  3. Develop and present monthly patient case reviews to colleagues in a grand rounds or similar format.
  4. Conduct clinical research or develop case report related to neurologic physical therapy practice.

Goal #4: The resident will develop as an educator, consultant and mentor in the field of neurologic physical therapy.

Objectives: The resident will:

  1. Teach/instruct entry-level physical therapy students in the area of neurologic practice.
  2. Teach/instruct physical therapy colleagues on timely and clinically relevant neurological topics using evidence-based framework. 
  3. Actively participate in the health promotion and development of wellness plans for patients with neurologic and other health related problems.

Goal #5: The resident will exhibit leadership in the field of physical therapy.

Objectives: The resident will:

  1. Develop and implement leadership development plan which focuses on individual professional leadership goals.
  2. Participate in professional organizations, mentorship to others, and collaboration on research projects focused in the area of neurologic physical therapy practice.
  3. Promote and contribute to the development of new practice environments for neurologic physical therapists when applicable.
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