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University of Miami – Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

The University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy and Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital have jointly formed the University of Miami – Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital (UM – JRH) Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. This year long program offers licensed physical therapists the opportunity to gain structured educational and clinical experiences in a variety of neurologic settings, including: acute inpatient, intensive inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient clinics and wheelchair fitting clinic. The academic component of the program is completed in the University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy on the Coral Gables campus and onsite at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Miami hospital. Clinical mentoring takes place at the University of Miami Hospital and Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital. Mentoring is led by experienced physical therapists in neurology and board certified neurology clinical specialists. Our Program accepts two (2) Residents per cohort.

Applications deadline is March 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 year.
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Residency Mission Statement

The mission of the UM – JRH Neurologic Residency Program is:

“ To provide post professional training to licensed physical therapists to advance their knowledge, skills in patient/client management, and clinical reasoning to enable them to assume a greater role in the area of neurology clinical practice: evidence-based practice, leadership, education, administration, and consultation.”

This residency program is designed to prepare participants to become skilled primary care neurologic physical therapists by providing focused academic and clinical experiences. Residents will function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team to assure integrated care for the patient, and will be able to provide primary care as a point of entry into the healthcare system for neurology clients.

The goals of the residency program are to educate physical therapists to:
1. Facilitate the resident’s ability to integrate foundational science, learning and developmental theory, and evidence-based clinical practice in neurology through structured academic and clinical experiences.
2. Provide opportunities through direct patient care or specialty observation for the Residents to develop advanced skills as a direct service provider and/or consultant in a variety of practice settings with a variety of patient populations as required in the current Neurology DSP and DRP.
3. Provide opportunities to develop advanced skills as an educator utilizing appropriate educational strategies that are congruent with the setting (community-based, clinical and/or academic) and needs of the learner to effectively deliver content to increase knowledge and skills of caregivers, students, colleagues, and other interdisciplinary care providers.
a. Parent/care giver education
b. Peer education including in-services and journal clubs
c. Community education programs
d. Teaching students enrolled in a doctoral level physical therapy program
4. Provide opportunities to develop skills in critical thinking and research to enable them to contribute to the neurologic physical therapy profession in the future.
5. Provide a curriculum that addresses all areas of the current Neurology DSP and DRP, to successfully complete the neurology clinical specialist certification examination by the ABPTS.
6. Provide academic and clinical training in advanced skills in neurologic physical therapy that meet or exceed ABPTRFE accreditation standards.
7. Provide the surrounding community (South Florida) and beyond with residency trained physical therapists who excel in neurology practice, clinical education, cultural competence, and utilize a biopsychosocial approach.
8. Prepare residents to contribute to the profession of physical therapy, and the larger healthcare community, through leadership, evidence-based practice, teaching, and service.

General Information

Credentialing: The UM-JRH Neurology Residency Program is in candidacy status as of 2017 as one of the first Neurology Physical Therapy Residency Programs in South Florida. The program starts in early August and runs for 54 consecutive months. Resident’s pay no tuition fee while enrolled in the Program.
Salary: : Residents will be working at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital for 6 months and University of Miami Hospital for 6 months 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 Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Miami Hospital during their Residency “year”. This includes employer supported health and dental insurance, and paid time off (vacation, paid leave, and six holidays).
Overview: The program is designed to provide a year-long intensive study of neurologic physical therapy, to prepare the resident to assume a greater role in the care of clients with neurologic conditions/ disorders and their families in the areas of: leadership, education, administration, consultation and evidence-based practice. In addition, the combined didactic curriculum and focused clinical mentoring will prepare the resident to sit for (and pass) the Neurology Clinical Specialist Examination.

Clinical Mentoring

Residents work a five (5) day, 40 hour work week with structured one-on-one mentoring approximately four hours per week. Time is set aside during the week 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 2 months in the acute care, 3 months in the intensive inpatient rehabilitation hospital setting and approximately seven months in an outpatient clinic setting. Additional clinical experiences at the University of Miami include: wheelchair seating clinic, and specialty clinics (i.e., Vestibular, ALS). Clinical mentors are on-site and work side by side daily with the residents.

Educational Curriculum

Residents receive educational training on numerous topics related to neurologic physical therapy which are expected knowledge areas published in the current Description of Specialty Practice for Neurology Physical Therapy. The content is taught by expert faculty from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy, Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, University of Miami Hospital and expert clinicians in the community. Learning units are taught every week throughout the year. 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. Neurology residents participate with other residents currently enrolled in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Orthopedics physical therapy residency programs here at University of Miami for select topics.

Learning Unit Topics (sample)

• Practice and Disablement Models
• Interpreting and Using Research in Clinical Practice
• Musculoskeletal Issues in the neurology patient
• Cardiac Issues in the neurologic patient
• Pulmonary Issues in the neurology patient
• Integumentary Issues in neurologic patient (wounds and burns)
• Practice settings in Neurology Physical Therapy
• Public law and its implications to Neurology Physical Therapy
• Teaching and learning theory
• Neurosurgical ICU
• Aging with neurologic conditions/disorders
• Feeding and Oral Motor considerations for the neurology patient
• Speech, Language, and Communication considerations for the neurology patient
• Adolescent/Sports medicine in the treatment of concussions
• Evaluation, treatment and prognosis for the following neurologic conditions: SCI, Stroke, Parkinson’s, MS, Guillen-Barre and CIDP, TBI/ABI, brain tumors, Huntington’s, ALS, and developmental disorders.
• Health Promotion and Wellness Issues in the neurologic patient
• Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Issues
• Gait/Motion analysis
• Prosthetic/Orthotic Considerations
• Assistive Technology and Equipment
• Wheelchair prescription and fitting
• Use of Complementary Medicine in Neurology

Program Faculty

Core Academic Faculty:
James Moore, PT, PhD, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (Program Director)
Meryl Cohen, PT, DPT, Board Certified Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist
Michele Raya, PT, PhD, ATC, Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist

Core Clinical Faculty:
Matthew Caraher, PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
(Program Coordinator – clinical/University of Miami Hospital)
Melanie Orell, MSPT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
(Program Coordinator – clinical/Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital)
Angelica Cota, PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Eileen Garay, PT, DPT
Christina Segredo-Thurston, PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic 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
James G. Moore, PhD, PT, PCS (Program Director)
305-284-4535 Office
305-284-6128 Fax

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