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Neurologic Residency for Physical Therapists

MossRehab developed the first neurologic physical therapy residency program in the country, credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2003. Since then, the program has produced 17 graduates, with 100 percent passing the NCS examination and receiving specialist certification.

Our residency program provides an intensive, one-year experience combining clinical and didactic learning opportunities. The foundation of the program is over 200 hours of one-on-one clinical mentoring with expert clinicians at MossRehab. This occurs concurrently with clinical practice as a treating therapist: residents move through several clinical rotations within the programs offered at MossRehab. The resident will also receive >150 hours of instruction based on the APTA's Neurologic Description of Specialty Practice. Additional components include structured learning opportunities in areas related to clinical practice, teaching and scientific inquiry.

Program Mission

The Mission of the MossRehab Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Programs is to provide practicing physical therapists an advanced level of clinical training that will enable them to take a leadership role in the treatment of individuals with functional limitations associated with neurologic deficits. The program strives to create graduates who use evidence-based best practices to become accomplished patient-care providers that can serve as a resource and role model for peers and the community regarding neurologic physical therapy. Residents completing the program will be prepared to sit for and pass the Physical Therapy Specialist Certification Examination in Neurology.

Why choose the Moss Neurologic Residency Program?

As the oldest neurologic physical therapy residency program in the country, MossRehab's residency program draws upon a wealth of experience.

Several of our previous residency graduates continue to work at MossRehab and are involved with the program. MossRehab has a cadre of experienced physical therapists with neurologic specialty certification (NCS) working in its main facility, many of which are mentors or lecture within the residency program. In addition to the formal mentoring that is a central aspect of the residency program, MossRehab provides a dynamic clinical environment fostering collaboration among physical therapists and those from other disciplines on the clinical team.

What is a physical therapy clinical residency?

A clinical residency program is defined by APTA as a post-professional clinical and didactic program for physical therapists designed to advance the resident's preparation as a provider in a defined practice area. It combines opportunities for ongoing clinical supervision and mentoring with a theoretical basis for advanced practice and scientific inquiry. A clinical residency program is not synonymous with a "clinical internship" or "clinical fellowship". For further information, visit the APTA Web site.

Curriculum

The MossRehab neurologic physical therapy residency program combines clinical mentoring, the opportunity for advanced clinical practice, didactic information, and specialty learning opportunities into a rich, comprehensive learning experience.  We believe strongly that:

  • Advanced clinical-decision making requires solid foundational knowledge and skills
  • Advancement of clinical skills requires guidance and reflection
  • Advanced clinical practice requires the ability to critically appraise and contextualize current research
  • Patient's are the best teachers

Therefore, the didactic portion, as well as the entire program, is developed around these ideas. Further, we use as a framework, the APTA’s Neurologic Description of Specialty Practice (DSP). This is the same document on which the examination for specialty certification in neurologic P.T. practice is based. This ensures that the residency graduate will be well prepared to sit for the specialty certification examination and practice autonomously at an advanced level.

In each week, the resident can expect to participate in the following:

  • 28 hours of direct care with patients with neurologic diagnoses
  • 2 hours of work  with a patient and a mentor (“mentored session”)
  • 3 hours of one-on-one mentoring with a mentor
  • Up to 6 hours of didactic lectures and structured learning experiences

Note that some lectures will be provided on weekday evenings, while others may occur during Saturday or  the full weekend.  Although the structure of each week will vary depending on the clinical service and other responsibilities, a typical week might look as follows:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00AM
8:00AM Meet w/ 
Program 
Coordinator
Peer-Review Per-Diem
Weekend
Coverage (Not
Required)
9:00AM Patient Care Mentored
Session
Patient Care Patient Care Mentored
Session
10:00AM Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care
11:00AM Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care
NOON Vendor  
In-service
Journal
Club
Lunch
(maybe)
Program 
Meeting
Academic/
Cognitive
Rounds
1:00PM Mentored
Session
Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care
2:00PM Patient Care Charts Rounds/
Team Meeting
Mentored
Session
Patient Care Charts Rounds/
Team Meeting
3:00PM Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care
4:00PM Specialty 
Observation
Self-Study Self-Study Self-Study Self-Study
5:00PM Lecture/Lab Lecture/Lab
6:00PM Lecture/Lab Lecture/Lab
7:00PM Lecture/Lab
(5:30 - 7:30)
Lecture/Lab
(5:30 - 7:30)
8:00PM

 

Clinical Sites

MossRehab has long been recognized as a rehabilitation leader regionally, nationally and internationally. Moss’ Drucker Brain Injury Center was one of the first dedicated programs for rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the country. In conjunction with the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, it houses the MossRehab TBI Model System, which has been funded as a center for excellence in TBI research and care by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) since 1997.

MossRehab’s stroke, TBI and SCI programs are all CARF accredited. MossRehab has been recognized as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the country by US News and World Report. Rehabilitation robotics has been strong focus over the past five to 10 years, and we feature multiple robotic options for our patients.

These exciting new training modalities are recognized as additional options for our most important treatment tool:  the clinician who is able to apply advanced clinical reasoning and treatment techniques to achieve the best outcome for the patient.

Faculty

Mentorship is a crucial element of developing advanced clinical skills. Our faculty of dedicated clinician-educators has a collective of nearly 150 years of clinical experience. They include:

Outpatient Neurologic & Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • Janine Brodovsky, PT, MS
  • Matt Vnenchak, PT, MS, NCS

Inpatient and Outpatient Brain Injury

  • Kim Miczak, PT, NCS
  • Megan Muldering, DPT, NCS
  • Carolyn Tassini, PT, DPT, NCS, ATC

Inpatient Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury

  • Naomi A. Greenberg, PT DPT GCS
  • Sarah C. Grusemeyer, PT, MSPT, NCS
  • Neera Prabhakar PT, DPT, NCS
  • Bryan Webster, MPT, ATP

Individuals both within MossRehab and from the local community provide didactic instruction. This includes professionals across a wide spectrum of clinical and academic perspectives. They include:

  • Kate Boyd, MSPT, NCS
  • Madeline DiPasquale, Ph.D.
  • John Feeley, MSPT
  • Eileen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
  • Laurita M. Hack, PT, MBA, Ph.D., FAPTA
  • Maria Lucas, PT
  • Claire McGrath, Ph.D.
  • Marcia G. Moore, PT, APT
  • Julie Mount, Ph.D., PT
  • Janet Parker, MSPT, NCS
  • Joseph Rubertone, MS, MPT, Ph.D.
  • Patty Rubertone, MPT, MSW
  • Steve Sepel, MSPT
  • Thomas Watanabe, MD
  • Bob Wellmon, Ph.D., PT, NCS
  • Steve Whittaker, PhD., OTR/L

Application and Contact Information

The Moss residency program is an intensive, dynamic experience intended to provide an advanced level of training. For this reason, we provide admission preference to individuals with one year or more of clinical experience.  New graduates who are interested in the program are encouraged to apply.

Current Pennsylvania licensure or eligibility for Pennsylvania licensure is required to apply. Residents must obtain their PA license prior to the start of the program

What are the dates and timelines of the program?

The residency program begins in July each year and runs for 53 consecutive weeks. For 2014-2015, the program runs from Monday, July 7, 2014, through Friday, July 10, 2015.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until January 15th of each year. Following that, applications will continue to be accepted until all positions have been filled. Qualified candidates will be invited for a required, on-site interview. Notifications of acceptance will be provided by mid-April.

How do I apply?

We are a participating program in the RF-PTCAS online application system.

Who do I contact for more information?

The program leader is:

Kimberly Miczak, PT, NCS
Coordinator, Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program
MossRehab 
60 E. Township Line Rd
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Office Phone: 215-663-6388
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