Academic Programs : University of Miami & Affiliated Residencies

University of Miami – St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital Geriatric PT Residency Program

The University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy and St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital have partnered to form the University of Miami – St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program . The program was the first accredited geriatric residency in PT in the United States. This year long program offers licensed physical therapists the opportunity to gain structured educational and clinical experiences in a variety of settings, including: inpatient rehabilitation hospital, outpatient clinic, skilled nursing, long-term care, and home health care. The academic component of the program is completed in the University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy on the Coral Gables campus. Clinical mentoring takes place at St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospitals, Villa Maria Nursing Centers, Catholic Home Health-Miami, St. John’s Nursing Center, and St. Anthony’s Rehabilitation Hospital which are all located in the greater Miami area and part of Catholic Health Services. Mentoring is provided by experienced, Board-certified geriatric clinical specialists. Our Program accepts three (3) residents per year. The program has had a 100% first time passing rate for the ABPTS Geriatric Specialty Board Certification Examination since its inception in 2004.

Applications deadline is May 10, 2019 for the 2019-2020 year.
Applications submission through RF-PTCAS at https://rfptcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Residency Mission, Vision, & Goals

The vision of the UM – SCRH Geriatric Residency Program is:
Our vision is to prepare trainees for independent advanced practice in geriatric physical therapy and as a clinical specialist in an integrated environment of clinical excellence and educational effort by a team of professionals who are committed and knowledgeable in gerontology and geriatric physical therapy and who are role models in the professional biopsychosocial care of elderly patients. Graduates express their education through excellence in evidence-based practice and teaching of clinical skills and continue to expand the body of knowledge in geriatric physical therapy by participating in clinical research and make a lasting contribution to their local and professional community.
Our mission is to educate physical therapists who are able to meet the needs of society by becoming advanced practitioners of geriatric physical therapy (clinically and administratively). Graduates demonstrate mastery as critical consumers of the relevant scientific literature and incorporate appropriate new techniques and knowledge into advanced geriatric physical therapy practice. They contribute to the body of knowledge in geriatric physical therapy by participating in clinical research and are competent instructors of geriatric physical therapy practice. Graduates become consultants, advocates, and ambassadors to the public and medical communities for the profession of physical therapy and as advocates for health promotion and wellness for the aging adult and always exhibit the highest standards of professionalism.
The goals of the residency program are to educate physical therapists to:

1. Provide academic and clinical training in advanced skills in geriatric physical therapy.
2. Facilitate the resident’s ability to integrate science and theory with advanced clinical practice in geriatrics through structured academic and clinical experiences.
3. Provide opportunities to develop advanced skills as a consultant in a variety of geriatric physical therapy settings.
4. Provide opportunities to develop advanced skills as an educator in a variety of geriatric physical therapy settings.
5. Provide opportunities to develop advanced skills as a direct service provider in a variety of geriatric physical therapy settings.
6. Provide opportunities to develop skills in critical thinking and research to enable them to contribute to the geriatric physical therapy profession in the future.
7. Provide opportunities to observe and model behaviors reflecting the highest standards of professionalism as a geriatric physical therapist.
8. Prepare residents academically and clinically to successfully complete the geriatric clinical specialist certification examination by the ABPTS.

General Information

Accreditation: The UM-SCRH Geriatric Residency Program received accreditation from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) in 2004 as the first Geriatric Physical Therapy Program in the United States. The program starts in early to mid-August and runs for 52 consecutive weeks. Resident’s pay no tuition fee while enrolled in the Program.
Salary: Residents will be employed full time by St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital and receive an adjusted salary. Residents do not carry a full-time case load in order to allow time for didactic coursework, research, presentations and projects.
Benefits: Residents are eligible for benefits through St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital during their Residency Year. This includes employer-supported health and dental insurance, employer-paid long-term disability, employer paid life insurance, and paid time off (vacation, sick time, a personal day and six holidays). This is not an all-inclusive list, and applicants are directed to the human resources department at SCRH for a full description of benefits.
Overview: The program is designed to provide residents with a year-long intensive study of geriatric physical therapy, preparing them to sit for (and pass) the Geriatric Specialty Examination offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). The clinical time during the residency, which includes structured one-on-one mentoring, is provided for 75-80% of a typical week. The remainder of the time is spent completing didactic training, research, projects, and presentations related to the overall curriculum of the residency program.

Clinical Mentoring

Residents work a five (5) day, 40 hour work week with structured one-on-one mentoring approximately four hours per week. Typically, one day a week is set aside as a “residency day” during which residents spend time participating in didactic training, research, projects and presentations related to the overall curriculum of the residency program. Residents spend approximately four months in the acute rehabilitation hospital setting, four months in an outpatient clinic setting, and four months in a skilled nursing setting. Additional clinical experiences include: Home Health, Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Senior Centers, athletic venue coverage (Senior Games). Clinical mentors are on-site and work side by side daily with the residents.

Didactic Curriculum

Residents receive didactic training on numerous topics related to geriatric physical therapy which are expected knowledge areas published in the current Description of Specialty Practice for Geriatric Physical Therapy. The content is taught by expert faculty from St. Catherine’s and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy. Learning units are taught weekly throughout the year. In addition, residents participate in Grand Rounds, Case Presentations, and/or Journal Clubs and Community Fall Screening Events. Residents are also expected to lead and participate in hospital rounds, case presentations and/or journal clubs, and teach in the entry level DPT program at the University of Miami. Geriatric residents participate with other residents currently enrolled in Orthopedic, Sports, Neurologic, Pediatric, and Cardiovascular & Pulmonary physical therapy residency programs here at University of Miami for select topics.

Learning Unit Topics (sample)

• Overview of Aging
• Healthcare Delivery Sites/The US Healthcare System
• Interpreting and Using Research in Clinical Practice
• Musculoskeletal Considerations
• Cardiovascular Considerations
• Pulmonary Considerations
• Neurological/Sensory Considerations
• Cognitive/Psychiatric Considerations
• Prosthetic/Orthotic Considerations
• Integumentary and Wound Care Considerations
• Incontinence in Aging Adults
• Environmental Adaptations
• Aquatic Therapy for Aging Adults
• Exercise Prescription for Aging Adults
• Functional Assessments
• Balance/Fall Risk Assessment
• Gait/Posture in Aging Adults
• Health Promotion, Wellness, Nutrition
• Vestibular Rehabilitation in Aging Adults
• Bariatric Medicine
• Sexuality and Aging
• Chronic Disease, Multi-Morbidity, and Population Health Management
• Principles of Adult Education, Teaching and Learning
• Ethical Considerations, including End of Life
• Frailty and Sarcopenia
• Medicare Regulation & Administration
• Post-acute Payment Systems
• Consulting, Case Management, and Advocacy

Program Faculty

Academic Faculty (Core and Affiliated):*
Jennifer Cabrera, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Aaron Dougherty, PT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist Emeritus
Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, FNAP, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Vincenzo Bombara, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Jorge Casauay, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Certified Wound Specialist*
Karen Lagares, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist*
Meryl Cohen, PT, DPT, FAPTA, Board Certified Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist*
Neva Kirk-Sanchez, PT, PhD*
Mariangela Obispo, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist*
Kathryn Roach, PT, PhD*
James Moore, PT, PhD, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist*
Ira Fiebert, PT, PhD*

Core Clinical Faculty:
Jennifer Cabrera, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Aaron Dougherty, PT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist Emeritus
Roberto Molina, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Jamila Cleary, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Vincenzo Bombara, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist

Contact Information

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department of Physical Therapy
5915 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 5th Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Jennifer Cabrera, PT, DPT (Program Director)
jcabrera@chsfla.com
Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, FNAP
305-284-4535 Office
g.hartley@miami.edu

More about Clinical Residency & Fellowship Education at: http://www.abptrfe.org/home.aspx