We are submitting for candidacy to the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in acute care. We offer a 54-week program which includes a wide range of clinical and didactic experiences across the lifespan within The Texas Medical Center and surrounding community hospitals. This collaborative program provides licensed physical therapists the ability to enhance their skills while working with clinical experts in the area of acute care physical therapy and academia of a major educational institution.
The mission of the Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide evidence-based, post-professional education for physical therapists based in the foundational sciences in order to facilitate advanced clinical development to provide high quality rehabilitation of patients with a broad spectrum of medical complexity in the acute care setting through cutting edge interventions, compassion, and interdisciplinary collaboration to achieve the best clinical outcomes and advance the health of those we serve.
As one of the nation's leading healthcare systems, the Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program offers the residents exposure across the patient lifespan in the practice of acute care physical therapy. This wide exposure allows the residents to enhance their clinical decision making skills and develop their confidence as expert clinicians.
Residents will rotate through the various settings within the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, including:
Throughout the clinical rotations, the resident will interact and collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team (ie, physicians, case managers, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, nurses, social workers, neuropsychologists).
The didactic curriculum is offered through university-mediated courses and module instruction to provide the resident with a comprehensive educational experience.
The university mediated didactic experiences will be offered through online and onsite formats at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. They are scheduled on an academic calendar, concurrent with the clinical experiences. The resident will be enrolled in one to two courses per residency year. It will progress from critical inquiry and evidence based practice and culminates in the completion of a research project.
The required courses include:
Learning modules will provide the resident with focused learning experiences in a variety of formats - lecture, lab, and mentored discussions. The interdisciplinary module instructors serve as experts in the curriculum content and in patient management. The goal of the module series is to provide a mechanism for knowledge acquisition and clinical application.
The majority of module educational content will occur as part of a lunch and learn series.
While on each rotation, the resident will be provided with 1:1 mentorship in order to advance his/her clinical skills and patient management. This mentorship will be provided by clinical faculty, who are experts in their area of practice.
The resident will maintain a schedule of 40 hours per week with 30 of those hours as direct patient care and 10+ hours dedicated education time. The resident will receive a minimum of 3-hours of 1:1 faculty mentorship per week. This will allow the resident 150 hours of mentorship at minimum by the conclusion of the residency. Mentorship occurs during patient treatment sessions and during non-treatment time to allow for practice of new psychomotor skills and/or the discussion of theory, scientific evidence and the clinical application thereof.
Our residency training program strives for excellence in the areas of clinical practice, education and inquiry. In these areas, we seek to provide the residents with experiences that are challenging, yet rewarding, in order to enhance their professional growth and development.
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Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program will be using the APTA’s RF-PTCAS for the admission process. Please note the material required by RF-PTCAS that will be submitted through the APTA RF- PTCAS website.
Minimum eligibility requirements for acceptance to Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program:
For more information, contact:
Kathryn Reeves, PT, DPT
Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program
6410 Fannin St
Houston, Texas 77030