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Women's Health Physical Therapy Residency Program

The Women’s Health Residency Program provides practicing physical therapists with advanced training in women’s rehab, men’s health and abdominal health, and lymphedema management:

  • Exams
  • Decision-making
  • Manual therapy 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 Women’s Health PT Residency Program, housed within several outpatient clinics.

UPMC CRS McCandless and UPMC CRS Monroeville serve as our main training locations. 

Other clinics where residents may train include:

  • UPMC CRS Lemieux Sports Complex
  • UPMC CRS Beaver
  • UPMC CRS Oakland
  • UPMC CRS North Strabane
  • UPMC CRS Greenville
  • Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Who should apply to the Women’s Health PT Residency Program?

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

  • Receive further training in the subspecialty of women’s health PT.
  • Become board-certified clinical specialists in the area of women’s health physical therapy.

The Women’s Health Residency Program runs 16 successive months starting in August.

As part of the "Continuing Education” Plan of Study, you will take part in a planned Women’s Health Residency Program curriculum. You will also enroll in part of the Advanced Clinical Practice — Musculoskeletal Sequence, sponsored by Centers for Rehab Services.

These courses promote advanced decision-making and manual therapy skills for assessing and treating women's musculoskeletal disorders of the:

  • Foot and ankle
  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Sacroiliac joint
  • Cervical, lumbar, and thoracic spine

You will also work through the Women’s Health Series including live and self-study modules on:

  • Basic and advanced pelvic floor
  • Antepartum/Postpartum
  • Lymphedema
  • EMG/Biofeedback
  • GI dysfunction
  • Oncology
  • Bone health
  • Female athlete triad

You will also complete alive lab for cadaver dissection. The “Advanced Dissection” course is through the University of Pittsburgh’s Physical Therapy School.

You'll also complete a one-week lymphedema certification course through Klose Training to earn your CLT.

You will earn continuing education units (CEU) for this didactic part of the program.

Along with advanced coursework, you will attend:

  • Physician and PT grand rounds.
  • Specialty Observations in clinical practice and surgery with healthcare providers and physicians related to women’s health PT.
  • Journal club and other relevant training for advancing skills in women’s health PT

Women’s Health PT Residency faculty will mentor you as you prepare your case reflection for the application of the WCS. They'll also guide you to develop a case study from your reflection for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Additionally, you will present quarterly biopsychosocial/outcomes assignments to residency faculty to reflect on your clinical interventions and caseload.

Typical weekly schedule for women's health PT residents

  • Clinical practice: MW 7:00 a.m.-Noon; TR 12-8:00 p.m.; F 7:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Mentoring: 3-hour time blocks per week.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy (DPT) Grand Rounds: F Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Didactic residency modules: Fridays, most often from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Teaching assistance (Pitt DPT musculoskeletal program): MW 1:00-5:00 p.m. (typically Fall and Spring semesters)
  • Specialty practice observations: over the summer after you complete your teaching assistantship.

Amanda Stauder, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT
Women’s Health Residency Director 
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services —Monroeville Corporate One

Core Faculty:
  • Susan George, PT, WCS, OCS
  • Megan Glod, PT, WCS, CLT-LANA
  • Lisa Mager, PT, WCS, CLT-LANA
  • Karen Losego, PT, CLT-LANA
  • Margo Haroldson, PT, CLT
  • Lisa Lennon, PT, CLT
  • Ashley Whitehead, PT, CLT-LANA
  • Diane Borello France, PT, PhD

Application Process, Dates, and Contacts

  • Deadline to apply: December 31
  • Interviews for qualified applicants: February
  • Start date: Early August
  • Tuition: $9,600

To learn more, email Amanda Stauder, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT, Women's Health PT Residency Program Director.

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