The curriculum will be based on the most recent Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) in Neurologic Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association. Clinical time will be split between our 167-bed freestanding rehabilitation hospital and our outpatient center. Time spent inpatient will include rotations with the brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke teams. The resident also will have an outpatient rotation working across neurologic diagnosis with a focus primarily in vestibular and post-concussion patients. While in each specialty area, the resident will build clinical reasoning skills enhanced through clinical mentoring time with an expert neurologic therapist.
Mary Free Bed and Grand Valley State University also have established relationships with local organizations to provide clinical learning experiences in the pediatric outpatient settings, inpatient acute care and transitional living center.
Supplemental professional development activities include clinical observation in multiple specialty clinics (Post-Concussion Clinic, MD clinic, ALS clinic) and observation of many specialty rehabilitation services, including OrthoSEAT, adaptive technology, Orthotics & Prosthetics, videofluroscopy swallowing study and Motion Analysis Laboratory.
The resident also will lead monthly journal clubs to engage the rehabilitation team in evidence-based practice and case reviews to explore clinical decision-making and application of research into a current clinical case.