We are accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in neurology. We offer a 52-week program which includes a wide range of clinical and didactic experiences across the lifespan and continuum of care. This collaborative program provides licensed physical therapists the ability to enhance their skills while working with clinical experts in the area of neurologic physical therapy and academicians of two major educational institutions.
The mission of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide evidence-based, post-professional education in neurologic physical therapy based in the foundational sciences throughout the continuum of care in order to develop expert clinicians that provide high quality services 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 TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program offers the residents the entire continuum of care and patient lifespan in the practice of neurologic physical therapy. This wide exposure allows the residents to enhance their clinical decision making skills and develop their confidence as expert clinicians.
The academic courses offered by Texas Woman's University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston include foundational and clinical sciences, as well as critical inquiry. Educational and research opportunities at both institutions contribute to a solid foundation in neurologic physical therapy practice.
Learning modules are provided by interdisciplinary instructors who are experts in the curriculum content and patient management They create enriched learning experiences for enhanced knowledge acquisition and clinical application.
The faculty members and mentors of our residency program are leading educators and clinicians. They are committed to the development of practitioners with advanced clinical skills in the management of patients with neurologic dysfunction across the continuum of care.
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.
*TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in neurology.
Residents participate in a variety of clinical and didactic experiences across the lifespan and continuum of care during this 52 week residency program.
Residents will rotate through the various settings within the Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, including:
Residents will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills in the treatment of patients with:
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).
In addition to direct patient care at the different clinical sites, the residents will be participating in various additional clinical experiences which can include:
These are offered to further facilitate the resident's learning. These specialty clinics are led by experts in the field and the residents will receive 1:1 faculty mentorship.
Community service opportunities are also offered within the residency program. This allows the resident to participate in service-oriented activities to strengthen their demonstration of community responsibility.
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 the area of neurologic physical therapy.
The resident will maintain a schedule of 20 clinic hours per week with 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.
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 Texas Woman’s University and 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 two to three independent study courses per residency year. It will progress from the foundational and clinical sciences to 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 take place over 8 weekends between July-February. Each weekend will be 1-2 days long depending on content with resulting flexed time during the week.
Module weekend curriculum includes:
In addition to the weekend modules, the resident will participate in afternoon educational curriculum that includes:
TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program will be using the APTA's RF-PTCAS for the admission process. Please note the materials required by RF-PTCAS that will be submitted through the APTA RF-PTCAS website.
Supplemental materials required by the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Residency Program include:
Complete the following sections under RF-PTCAS Additional Information:
To access the application, visit Memorial Hermann's career opportunities.
RF-PTCAS application should be completed online and application fee should be received by December 9th for consideration
Interviews will be scheduled in January of each year. Interviews with the top five applicants following application review by the Residency Advisory Council.
Didactic training begins end of June. Clinical training begins the first week of July. Specific start dates will be communicated to the resident in the acceptance letter.
Minimum eligibility requirements for acceptance to TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program: