Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency Training Program

Functional Manual Therapy Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Satellite

Program Description for Physical Therapy Residency

  • Number of positions: 1
  • Application deadline: accepted year round
  • Residency Period: as open position warrants (minimal 12 months)
  • Estimated Stipend: based upon prior clinical experience level and specialty training
  • Interview required: yes
  • Benefits:
    • Full benefits package (health, dental, vision, malpractice coverage)
    • 7 paid holidays, 1 personal day per six months, 5 continuing education days, sick/vacation days in accordance with resident's experience level and/or prior employment with MedStar Health
    • $2500/year continuing education reimbursement
    • No tuition

Clinical Rotations for Physical Therapy Residency

Under the guidance of residency faculty and coordinators, the resident will be exposed to a wide variety of required experiences as included in the APTA Women's Health Description of Specialty Practice.

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Continence Issues (Urinary/Fecal)
  • Pre-Natal and Post-Partum Orthopaedic Dysfunction
  • Lymphedema
  • Osteoporosis
  • Musculoskeletal Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

Additional Activities for Physical Therapy Residency

To complement learning, the resident will also participate in the following aspects of our residency program:

  • Orientation to outpatient physical therapy services in relationship with the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Oncology and Orthopaedics
  • 1 yearly in-service to staff and/or community for continuing education purposes
  • Weekly departmental grand rounds
  • Monthly journal club and participate in journal presentations during residency period
  • Residents must prepare an administrative project to be agreed upon by the residency program director/coordinator
  • Didactic
  • Research: Residents must prepare a case report or similar written product suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal or presentation at a state or national professional conference.
  • Participation in didactic learning/lectures with residency faculty and/or continuing education coursework
  • Residents will be qualified to sit for the ABPTS Women's Health Specialty Exam upon completion of the residency program

Curriculum for Physical Therapy Residency

The first month of the program orientation to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is provided. This includes learning about the institution, its mission and philosophy while getting familiarized with the hospital's services including physical medicine and rehabilitation, obstetrics and gynecology, urology, oncology, orthopaedics and research. The following 11 months will be compromised of clinical rotations and the schedule will be developed by the resident and the residency director during orientation. As the resident's exposure and skill level in the treatment of varied patient populations increases, the resident's clinical case load will reflect the increased scope of specialty practice.

  • Minimum 1500 clinical hours (No fewer than 9 months and no more than 36 months; average 12 months)
  • 150 hours minimum of 1:1 mentoring (average 3 mentor hours/week x 12 months)
  • 75 hours of classroom and lab instruction

Faculty for Physical Therapy Residency

Residents are mentored by expert faculty in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Oncology, Orthopaedics and off-site at additional specialized medical facilities.

Faculty include 2 of the only 82 Board Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialists in the country

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