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Physical Therapy Residency Program at MFB

We offer several physical therapy residency programs at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Below is information about these programs.

Overview
A planned program of post-professional clinical and research training for physical therapists.

Goal
To prepare physical therapists for a career that promotes the continued integration of practice, research and scholarly inquiry.

Curriculum
The curriculum will be based in part on the most recent Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) in Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Half of the time will be spent in clinical settings at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and half of the time will be spent doing research under the direction and guidance of Grand Valley State University or Mary Free Bed personnel. Other activities include physician rounds, grand rounds, case presentations and lectures.

Term
Michigan Physical Therapy license required before starting. The term is one year.

Employment
The resident will be offered full-time status as a Mary Free Bed employee, which includes full-time benefits.

Academic Appointment
While employment status is with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the resident also will be eligible for an appointment as Research Resident at Grand Valley State University.

Salary
Paid bi-weekly, additional funds may be available for educational experiences.

Support
Financial support is available for research expenses and for presentations at state, regional and national meetings that take place after the completion of the residency. Student loans are deferrable during the residency.

Eligibility
The applicant must be a physical therapist or in his/her final year of an accredited physical therapy program. Applicants must have obtained State of Michigan licensure prior to beginning the residency.

Requirements
• Faculty recommendation
• Excellent communication skills
• Psychological, social and physical stability required for successful completion of the program* (*requirement for Mary Free Bed Guild Residency in Pediatric Physical Therapy)
• Evidence of commitment to a career promoting the continued integration of practice, research and scholarly inquiry in pediatric physical therapy
• Satisfactory attendance and performance during clinical educational experiences
• Strong skills in scientific inquiry and writing and satisfactory progress in the respective physical therapy program’s research requirement.

Recipient Selection
A Residency Selection Committee will select recipients based on the established criteria. An interview with the Residency Selection Committee is required.

Completion
The resident will receive a certificate of physical therapy residency completion from Grand Valley State University and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Questions?
Contact Kevin Duffy at 616.840.8318 or 800.528.8989.
Below are application requirements for specific residencies.

Lulenski Residency in Neurological Physical Therapy

Please provide the following documents:

1. Official Transcript

2. Resume
• Objective
• Education, including current enrollment in electives
• Clinical experience
• Research experience
• Professional development
• Volunteer experience/community involvement
• Honors
• Employment history
• References

3. Applicant Statement (1-2 pages in length)
• Professional goals for one and five years
• Qualifications
• How this residency experience will influence your career

4. Research Statement
Please ask a faculty member to address your qualifications and accomplishments in research, scientific inquiry and writing.

5. ACCE Statement
Please ask your program’s Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) to address your clinical skills and past clinical performance.

6. Faculty/Clinician Statement
Please ask a faculty member or clinician to address:
• Qualifications
• Communication skills
• Commitment to a career promoting integration of practice, research and scholarly inquiry in pediatric physical therapy

Mary Free Bed Guild Residency in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Please provide the following documents:

1. Official Transcript

2. Resume
• Objective
• Education, including current enrollment in electives
• Clinical experience
• Research experience
• Professional development
• Volunteer experience/community involvement
• Honors
• Employment history
• References

3. Applicant Statement (1-2 pages in length)
• Professional goals for one and five years
• Qualifications
• How this residency experience will influence your career

4. Research Statement
Please ask a faculty member to address your qualifications and accomplishments in research, scientific inquiry and writing.

5. ACCE Statement
Please ask your program’s Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) to address your clinical skills and past clinical performance.

6. Faculty/Clinician Statement
Please ask a faculty member or clinician to address:
• Qualifications
• Communication skills
• Psychosocial and physiological stability
• Commitment to a career promoting integration of practice, research and scholarly inquiry in pediatric physical therapy

Clinical Opportunities

As a resident, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Receive mentoring from experienced neurological and/or pediatric rehabilitation therapists.
• Receive mentoring from the program’s medical directors through hospital rounding, on-site teaching in clinics, private practice and team conferences.
• Observe phenyl neurolysis, EMG procedures, videofluoroscopy swallowing studies, visual and perceptual evaluations, among others.
• Receive training in serial casting.
• Access in-services and conferences hosted and sponsored by Mary Free Bed, including weekly Grand Round presentations and weekly pediatric PT case reviews.
• Access all the amenities and resources of a state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital, including: OrthoSEAT, orthotics and prosthetics, assistive technology, Motion Analysis Center and driver rehabilitation.
• For the pediatric residency, receive in-depth training from a developmental perspective to specialized conditions, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, torticollis, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, stroke, sensory integration and spasticity.
• Participate and follow patients through the continuum of care from inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient therapy.