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Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program


The Neurological Residency Program provides practicing physical therapists with advanced training in neurologic:

  • Exams
  • Decision-making
  • Intervention techniques

The program also places an emphasis on using research and the literature to maintain practice within the scope of evidence-based physical therapy.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services funds the program, housed within the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Mercy for the inpatient experience.

Clinics for outpatient neuro PT training include:

  • UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
  • UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, Monroeville, Oxford Drive.

Also, the program offers an inpatient acute care specialty observation provided by our Level 1 Trauma Hospital, UPMC Presbyterian.

Who should apply to the Neuro PT Residency Program?

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

  • Receive further training in the subspecialty of Neurologic PT.
  • Become board-certified clinical specialists in the area of neurological physical therapy.

The Neurological Residency Program runs 12 successive months starting in August.

As part of the "Continuing Education” Plan of Study, you will participate in a planned Neurological Residency Program curriculum. You will also enroll in the Neuroconsortium, sponsored by the University of Southern California.

These courses promote advanced decision-making in the evaluation and treatment of neurologic disorder such as:

  • Cerebrovascular accident.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Traumatic brain injuries.
  • Progressive neuromuscular disorders.
  • Vestibular disorders.
  • Concussion.

Along with advanced coursework, you will attend:

  • PT Grand Rounds.
  • The APTA Combined Sections Meeting.
  • Advanced Vestibular Rehab Course sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Other relevant training for advancing skill in neurological physical therapy.

Typical weekly schedule for neuro PT residents

  • Clinical practice: M-Th 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Mentoring: approximately 4-hour time blocks per week.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy (DPT) Grand Rounds: F Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Didactic residency modules: Neuroconsortium modules on Wednesday evenings.
  • Teaching assistance (Pitt DPT neuromuscular program): Tuesday or Thursday mornings when appropriate.
  • Specialty practice observations: scheduled when appropriate.

Chris Venus, PT

Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Neurologic Residency Director

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services —2310 Jane Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-586-6900
venusc@upmc.edu

Core Faculty:

  • Darcy Bonaventura, PT, DPT
  • Claire Moldovan, PT, DPT
  • Allyson Spivey, PT, DPT
  • Hallie Zeleznik, PT, DPT
  • Regan Harrell, PT, DPT
  • Lindsay Lewis, PT, DPT
  • Terry Breisinger, PT, DPT
  • Kelly Vitti, PT, DPT
  • Joseph Everhart, PT, DPT
  • Martha Somers, PT
  • Anne Mucha, PT, DPT

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Neurologic Residency Program Outcomes

  • Number of Graduates (% Graduation Rate): 20 (95%)
  • NCS examination first time pass rate: 95%
  • NCS examination ultimate pass rate: 95%

Application Process, Dates, and Contacts

  • Deadline to apply: December 31
  • Interviews for qualified applicants: February
  • Start date: Early August
  • Tuition: $8,500

To learn more, contact Chris Venus, PT — Neuro PT Residency Program Director:

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