The 12 month residency program will begin in August/September. The resident must successfully complete all residency requirements to be eligible to apply for the ABPTS Neurologic Specialist exam. The resident will apply for the specialty exam during the last moth of the residency program and will sit for the exam in following March.
Academic Coursework: Coursework is provided in a self-directed, continuing education format with courses delivered predominately online using Blackboard. The resident will complete a total of 7 courses focusing on content based on the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) in neurology. Courses are between 12 and 21 weeks long and the resident will take 2-3 courses per trimester. Residents can expect to spend an average of at least 5 hours per week on didactic coursework for a total of at least 260 hours during the 12 month residency. See below for an outline of the didactic curriculum. Additional didactic experiences will be assigned on an individual basis as needed.
- PTCE 0050 Fundamentals of Neurologic Specialty Practice
- PTCE 0051 Evidence-Based Practice and Outcome Measurement in Expert Practice
- PTCE 0062 Professional Roles in Expert Practice
- PTCE 0060 Contemporary Management of Central Nervous System Injury
- PTCE 0061 Contemporary Management of Degenerative/Demyelinating Diseases
- PTCE 0071 Special Topics in Neurorehabilitation
- PTCE 0072 Independent Study: Research Project
Clinical Practice: Residents will be employed 32 hours per week at Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital and are expected to carry a full patient caseload consisting of neurologically impaired patients. Clinical mentorship is provided by residency program faculty, at least 3 hours per week. Clinical mentoring may include collaborative patient care and discussion of patient cases between mentor and resident.
- Minimum of 1500 hours over 12 months of which 150 are mentored hours
- 32 hours per week independent clinical practice of which 3 are mentored hours
Teaching/Scholarship: Residents are expected to participate in teaching/instruction of basic neurologic skills for entry-level physical therapy students at NSU as part of their academic coursework. Residents are also responsible for providing physical therapy related education to peers and staff at the hospital. Residents will complete a scholarly project such as a pilot research study, clinical case report or faculty driven research project in the area of neurologic physical therapy which may be presented and/or published in a peer reviewed format.
- Total of 100 hours of teaching responsibilities over 12 months
Evaluation of Learning
Resident learning will be evaluated using a variety of methods including:
- Multiple choice tests/quizzes
- Completion of case studies
- Research article critique/analysis
- Practical examinations to evaluate clinical skills
- Completion of a research project/case report
- Feedback from clinical mentors
Requirements for Successful Completion of the Program
Requirements for successful completion of the neurological residency program include:
- The resident will consistently meet or exceed standards required for employment at Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital during the residency program.
- Resident must complete a minimum of 1,500 hours in direct patient care with patients with neurological diagnoses
- Resident must successfully complete all courses with an 80% or better, including written and live patient practical examinations
- The resident will pass a final comprehensive written exam at the end of the program with an 80% or better.
- Resident must complete a scholarly project with plan for dissemination