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Physical Therapy Residency Program

The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center's Physical Therapy Department is offering an opportunity for individuals interested in applying for a post-professional residency in Gainesville, Florida.

Professionally, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has identified the establishment of residency programs as critical for the advancement of physical therapy care.  The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center continues to establish itself as a leader in the professional development of physical therapists in line with the goals of the APTA and instilling the core values established by the VA.

The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center is one of the largest VA medical facilities in the United States, maintaining a complexity level of 1A (the highest).  It serves a veteran population hailing from 33 Florida and 19 Georgia counties.  It is also an active teaching hospital with an extensive array of specialty services, which are enhanced and supported through education and research.

The Physical Therapy Residency Program at Malcom Randall VA Medical Center was established in 2013 as a part of a national pilot program expansion through the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA).  The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center provides an excellent location for training expert clinicians as the framework, faculty, and motivation for a successful physical therapy residency is well entrenched.  Further, the health care structure within this facility promotes unique contact between clinicians from multiple disciplines, allowing for truly collaborative patient care.

Current specialty training offered at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center:

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program1
Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program2

Residents gain significant experience in the related specialty area with emphasis on promoting expert level critical thinking and clinical reasoning in their chosen field. This is combined with expert mentorship truly tailored to promote clinical expertise.

1Malcom Randall VA Medical Center Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for Physical Therapists in Orthopedics.

2Malcom Randall VA Medical Center Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for Physical Therapists in Geriatrics.

 

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

About the Program

The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for Doctors of Physical Therapy.  The residency is a one year training program designed to maximize clinical exposure and rigorously challenge the resident to higher clinical and academic achievement under the mentorship of specialist clinicians.

Mission

The mission of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional physical therapy that improves their health, independence, and well-being.  The program is designed to cultivate advanced patient management skills in the field of Orthopedic Physical Therapy.  Through diverse clinical experience and didactic training under the mentorship of master clinicians, graduates of this program will be leaders in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention.

Schedule

The Physical Therapy Clinic is open from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Residents typically follow an 8:00 am - 4:30 pm daily schedule with a 30 minute lunch.  There are no ‘on call’ responsibilities.

Salary/Stipend

Resident stipends are established and reviewed yearly by the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) to maintain the competitiveness of the amount.  For the current academic year's stipend, please contact the program director. 

Benefits

Residents accrue annual and sick leave (4 hours each) biweekly in addition to 10 paid federal holidays.  Authorized absence (leave with pay) is granted for educational conferences that are undertaken outside of the normal scope of the residency.  Liability protection is extended to the residents under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  Health, vision, and dental insurance is available.

Curriculum and Training

Residents will participate in comprehensive modules encompassing all joints and body regions in accordance with guidelines set forth by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).  This will include personal and didactic training and mentorship.  The curriculum is purchased for each resident from the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Section.

For additional information and/or application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For outcomes and tracked data related to the Orthopedic Residency, please go here.

Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency

About the Program

The Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center is undergoing accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.  The residency is a one year training program designed to maximize clinical exposure and rigorously challenge the resident to higher clinical and academic achievement under the mentorship of specialist clinicians.

Mission

The mission of the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center’s Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency is to honor Veterans by providing exceptional geriatric care to promote health and independence.

The Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency includes exposure to multiple settings and specialty populations/issues within the geriatric umbrella.  Practical experience combined with didactic training develops exceptional clinicians who will excel in the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention for geriatric patients.

The purpose of this geriatric physical therapy residency is to produce clinicians who demonstrate superior clinical skills and possess advanced knowledge regarding the identification and management of aging and related issues.  The program emphasizes a learning approach that is patient-centered and evidence-based. 

Schedule

Geriatric Resident schedule can vary based on training requirements and location within the curriculum.  Typically, residents will follow an 8:00 am - 4:30 pm daily schedule with a 30 minute lunch.  There are no ‘on call’ or weekend responsibilities.

Salary/Stipend

Resident stipends are established and reviewed yearly by the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) to maintain the competitiveness of the amount.  For the current academic year’s stipend, please contact the program director.

Benefits

Residents accrue annual and sick leave (4 hours each) biweekly in addition to 10 paid federal holidays. Authorized absence (leave with pay) is granted for educational conferences that are undertaken outside of the normal scope of the residency.  Liability protection is extended to the residents under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  Health, vision, and dental insurance is available.

Curriculum and Training

Over the course of the 12-month geriatric residency, residents will participate in clinical training modules revolving around specific systems dysfunction throughout all available physical therapy settings. The curriculum of study and practice based methodology will be based on available literature from the APTA and Geriatric Section. This includes selected publications that meet the requirements found in the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP), preliminary Description of Residency Practice (DRP), Geriatric Certification Candidate Guide; this also includes contemporary literature in geriatric health, medicine, and rehabilitation. In addition to the faculty of specialist PTs, residents will also consult with a multi-disciplinary group of core faculty from geriatric medicine, pharmacy, psychiatry/psychology, and social work.

Throughout, residents will be evaluated for mastery in each of the following clinical areas: acute care (visceral, cardiac, pulmonary, delirium, orthopedics, psychiatry, neurology), outpatient (orthopedics, vestibular, specialty seating/positioning/ wheelchair, amputee/brace clinic), sub-acute rehab, and home-based primary care for home safety evaluations. Each section will cover the differential diagnosis of pathology, identification of red flag symptoms, signs, or lab values, the need for referral, imaging, and evidence-based modality and procedural interventions as they pertain to the area of care and need of the individual patient.

For additional information and/or application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For outcomes and tracked data related to the Geriatric Residency, please go here.