Neurologic Residency

UCF Physical Therapy

Overview

The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program is a great opportunity for physical therapists to advance their knowledge and develop their clinical skills in the area of neurologic rehabilitation. The residency is designed to prepare residents in the advance practice of neurologic physical therapy as clinical specialists committed to optimizing patient care and improving the quality of life of individuals in the community.

The mission of the University of Central Florida-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency is to prepare residents in the advance clinical practice of neurologic physical therapy as a clinical specialist committed in the development and strengthening of our healthcare communities, optimizing patient care in the current healthcare environment and improving the quality of life of individuals in the community. Graduates of the residency program will express their training through excellence in clinical practice, improvement in quality of care, increased knowledge in foundational science and management of patients with neurologic lesions, application of evidence-based practice, involvement in community service, pursuit of lifelong learning through involvement in education of future physical therapists and participation in clinical research to expand the body of knowledge in neurologic physical therapy.

The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in Neurology.

Program Goals

  1. Support the mission, core values and tenets of excellence of University of Central Florida-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency of strengthening the healthcare community by creating a positive experience and providing highly effective care for patients with neurologic lesions specifically in in the area of neuromuscular preferred practice patterns A through I as defined by the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice (2001).
  2. Train highly qualified clinicians ready to achieve board certification in neurologic physical therapy by developing a curriculum that meets the requirements for neurologic certified specialist certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
  3. Develop clinical decision making skills through consistent supervision and advance neurologic physical therapy practice by integrating evidence based practice and foundational neuroscience.
  4. Promote inclusiveness and foster involvement in the community by providing residents the skills needed to become a resource for patients with chronic neurological lesions.
  5. Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning by preparing the residents to become competent educators and mentors in teaching patients, colleagues and physical therapy students.
Program Objectives
  • The program will deliver education and training using the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy’s recommended outcome measures and evidence-based interventions in patient-client management of adults with lesions of the neuromuscular system. The program will result in proficiency in dealing with neurologic patients commonly seen in acute, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and will include exposure to different specialty clinics including adults with multiple sclerosis, aphasia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; pediatric patients with neuromuscular lesions; and geriatric patients with dementia. The didactic faculty will provide instruction and guidance in scholarly activities such as research and teaching in the UCF physical therapy graduate school setting while the clinical faculty will provide clinical supervision of the residents within the designated clinical sites in the Orlando Health System.
  • The program will focus in improving the quality of care of individuals with neuromuscular system lesions by utilizing outcome measures represented in the domains of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), and using evidence-based interventions addressing an individual’s impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • The program’s curriculum which include didactic and clinical components will acknowledge all aspect of the APTA Neurologic Physical Therapy’s Description of Specialty Practice. The program’s didactic faculty will provide instruction in the area of neuroscience and management of patients with neurologic conditions and guidance in clinical research while the program’s clinical faculty will provide mentorship in the areas of clinical skills and evidence-based practice. The residents will also be engaged in community service related to individuals with neuromuscular system involvement.

Highlights

  • 12-month residency program with an R1 doctoral university
  • Earn salary with benefits
  • Expert faculty mentors and instructors of the residency and doctoral programs including:

– 8 Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialists
– 2 Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialists
– 2 Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialists
– 4 Researchers in the areas of Neuroplasticity, Parkinson’s Disease, Spine and Alzheimer’s disease
– 4 Certified Brain Injury Specialists
– 2 Certified Multiple Sclerosis Specialists
– 1 Certified in Vestibular Competency

Current Resident

Brittany Rohan

What is your academic history, and what are your current research interests?

“I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with my Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Pre-Clinical. I then attended the University of South Florida where I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy, graduating in 2016. I am interested in further research involving stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson Disease and vestibular disorders.”

What is your #WhyUCFDPT?

“Being a UCF alumnus, I couldn’t resist a chance to return to my alma mater. I chose the University of Central Florida and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency because it provided me the opportunity to encounter neurologic patients throughout their continuum of care, in all therapy settings, within the Orlando Health system. This includes treating patients in the neuro intensive care unit in a level one trauma center, inpatient rehab facility, which is recognized by CARF for specialties including brain injury program, spinal cord injury program and stroke program, and finally in the neurologic outpatient physical therapy clinic. A unique aspect of the UCF neurologic residency program that especially interested me is that it provides a great deal of teaching opportunities. The resident is involved in teaching lectures and labs in the DPT neuro classes, as well as being a teaching assistant in the gross anatomy lab, allowing me not only an opportunity to share my knowledge with others, but to review neuro anatomy from a different perceptive than when I was a student. Aside from all of this, the UCF residency program allows the resident to learn from, teach alongside, and work with faculty members and clinicians who are highly specialized in their field.”

Tell us more about what you’re currently involved in.

“Through the residency program, I work four days a week for Orlando Health and spend one day on UCF campus assisting with DPT courses, as well as participating in a one on one lecture from the UCF DPT faculty. Last semester, I participated as a TA in the gross anatomy lab with the first year DPT students. This semester I will be assisting with lectures in the advanced neuro courses and the Knights on the Go Café. I have had the opportunity to speak at the Orlando Health’s Stroke Support Group and I plan to speak at other neurologic support groups in the community.”

Clinical Experience

Acute Care: Orlando Regional Medical Center (3 months clinical rotation)

  • Level 1 Trauma Center, designated by the American College of Surgeons
  • Teaching Hospital Accreditation, designated by the Council of Teaching Hospital – Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Teaching Hospitals
  • Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation
  • Primary Stroke Center Certification, designated by DNV GL

Inpatient Rehabilitation: Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute Inpatient Rehabilitation (5 months clinical rotation)

  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility with four specialty programs:
  • Brain Injury Program
  • Spinal Cord Injury Program
  • Stroke Program
  • Comprehensive Inpatient Program

Outpatient Rehabilitation: Residency time is divided among 3 facilities (4 months)

Outpatient 1: Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute Outpatient Rehabilitation

  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited outpatient rehabilitation facility
  • Designated by the Florida Department of Health:
  • Brain Injury Program Facility
  • Spinal Cord Injury Program Facility

Outpatient 2: Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center

  • Designated by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Partners in Multiple Sclerosis Care

Outpatient 3: Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

Didactic Experience

The didactic portion of the residency includes three semesters (12 months) of coursework at the University of Central Florida. UCF earned the highest designation in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education for Research Activity and Community Engagement. The resident will be enrolled for a total of two credit hours per semester. The curriculum is based upon the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) in Neurologic Physical Therapy published by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties/ Neurologic Specialty Council in 2016 and the Description of Residency Practice published by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education in 2017.

Neuroscience
There will be one semester of coursework in neuroscience and neuroanatomy. The neuroscience content will be taught by two full time neuroanatomist/neuroscientists in the DPT & Residency Program. This include extensive laboratory time in the Anatomy Dissection Laboratory. UCF is one of the very few of residency programs that include the Anatomage technology for didactic instruction.

Patient and Client Management
There will be three semesters of coursework related to patient and client management of patients with neurologic lesions. The patient management content will be taught by DPT & Residency Program faculty members who are trained experts in neuromotor interventions and neurologic rehabilitation.

Research
Sciences related to critical inquiry will be covered throughout three semesters of coursework. The resident is expected to complete a neurologically based research project at the end of the residency program. The resident will work with a research advisor and a neurologic content expert throughout the residency. The resident will have the opportunity to participate in other ongoing DPT program research activities including data collection at the UCF Knights on the Go Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Café and current DPT capstones.

Teaching
The resident will have a special opportunity to participate in teaching anatomy, basic and advance neurologic physical therapy courses in the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The resident will be mentored by the neurologic course instructors in preparing an instructional plan to teach several modules related to their current clinical work experience at Orlando Health. Residents will also have the opportunity to supervise DPT students in their interprofessional collaborations with speech therapy students at the UCF Aphasia House and UCF Communication Science Disorders clinics.

Service and Community Engagement
Each semester, the residents are required to participate in community engagement and service learning opportunities that involve different neurologic support groups in the greater Orlando area including but not limited to stroke, brain injury and multiple sclerosis. The resident also supervises the DPT students during pro bono patient treatments as part of the DPT Program’s Advance Neurology classes and in partnership with Orlando Health Outpatient Rehabilitation.

Application

Eligibility
  • All applicants to the residency program are required to have successfully graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program.
  • All applicants to the residency program must have a current license in the state of Florida or be scheduled to take the board examination in July 2019.
  • All applicants are required to complete and pass the Florida Laws and Rules Examination.
  • All applicants are required to have three letters of reference that should discuss their clinical skills as a physical therapist, one of which must come from a current rehabilitation director or a clinical instructor (for new graduates).
Resident Selection

A Residency Admissions Committee will select residents based on the recognized criteria. An interview with the Residency Admissions Committee is required for all candidates. Interviews are conducted on “first come, first serve” basis.

Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: March 15, 2020 (projected start date August 10, 2020)
Residency Period: 12 months from start date
Salary: Based on clinical experience

For more info please contact:
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Morris Beato

Clinical Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
Location: HPA I Room: 255A
Phone: 407-823-1864

Faculty

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The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program is the recipient of the Neurologic Residency Grant awarded by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2017.

The program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.