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Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

The Geriatric Residency Program provides practicing physical therapists with advanced training in geriatric:

  • Exams
  • Decision-making
  • Evidence-based interventions

The program places an emphasis on evidence-based practice and the use of research and outcome measurements.

While you gain clinical experience, you will complete didactic education courses in the following formats:

  • Home-study format.
  • Weekend continuing education.
  • Program-created independent study modules.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) funds the program, housed within the following UPMC inpatient and CRS outpatient clinics:

  • UPMC St. Margaret
  • UPMC Mercy
  • UPMC Seneca Place Skilled Nursing Facility
  • UPMC Mercy Southside Outpatient Facility

Who should apply to the Geriatric PT Residency Program?

Licensed physical therapists that have already completed an entry-level program who want to:

  • Receive further training in the geriatric PT subspecialty.
  • Become board-certified clinical specialists in geriatric physical therapy.

The 16-month Geriatric PT Residency Program provides clinical experience and mentoring throughout the continuum of elder care:

  • Acute hospitalization
  • Inpatient rehab
  • Skilled nursing
  • Outpatient care

The program works closely with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy.

Along with clinical practice and mentoring, the Geriatric PT Residency curriculum’s core areas include:

  • Clinical decision-making
  • Continuing ed
  • Didactic coursework
  • Professionalism and advocacy
  • Specialty practice observation
  • Teaching assistance

Typical weekly schedule for geriatric PT residents

  • Clinical practice: MTW 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., H 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (varies based on site).
  • Mentoring: 2 to 3 hours per week.
  • Department of Physical Therapy (DPT) Grand Rounds: F Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • UPMC St. Margaret GeriCore Interdisciplinary Rounds:F 7:00-8:00 a.m.
  • Teaching assistance: Spring semester H 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Didactic geriatric PT residency modules: Fridays.

Jennifer McMahon, PT
Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Program Director
Centers for Rehab Services — UPMC St. Margaret Hospital 

Core Faculty

  • Jennifer McMahon, PT, GCS
  • Geraldine Grzybek, PT, GCS
  • Tracie Nguyen, PT
  • Kelly Vitti, PT, GCS, NCS
  • Missy Criss, PT, GCS
  • Kaitlyn Begonia, PT, GCS
  • Chad Zoll, PT
  • Chris Venus, PT, NCS

Application Process for the Geriatric PT Residency

  • The program application deadline is commonly in January.
  • Interviews for qualified candidates are in early March.
  • The program start date is early August.
  • Tuition for the Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is $6,800.

To learn more, email Jennifer McMahon, PT — Geriatric PT Program Director.

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