Residency Training Program Curriculum

The resident didactic curriculum is repeated every 12 months so that each resident has the opportunity to see topics at least 2-3 times during their residency; 24 modules make up the 12-month didactic curriculum.

Anatomy / Manual Muscle Testing
Arthritis
EMG
Exercise physiology / Cardiopulmonary
Gait
Geriatrics / Cancer
Leadership & Teamwork
Medical Administration
Modalities
Musculoskeletal
Neuromuscular Physiology and Progressive Neuro Occupational Medicine
Pain
Pediatrics
Prosthetics and Orthotics
Research
Spinal Cord Injury
Stroke
Trauma / Fractures / Burns
Traumatic Brain Injury 
Tone Management
Ultrasound

In addition to the formal lecture series the department hosts a multitude of other conferences throughout the year:

  • Monthly Grand Rounds lectures
  • Quarterly Quality Improvement/Patient Safety conferences
  • Yearly visiting professorship
  • Gersten Day – an annual rehabilitation scientific symposium that highlights the research of our graduating residents/fellows, as well as research from the Physical Therapy program and the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program.

Residents are required to present a Resident Seminar twice over their training, as PGY2s and PGY3s. 

Research

Each resident must be involved in a research project during their residency. A formal research curriculum module is taught every year, led by Dr. Lisa Brenner, Director of Research. The residents will learn, through didactics and mentorship, how to select a topic, formulate a research question, and design appropriate methods. Senior residents are required to present their research on Gersten Day, the department’s annual research symposium. There are a multitude of faculty available as research mentors for residents.

Rotations

The residency program has a 2-month rotation schedule, or 6 rotations per year. Residents will receive 12 inpatient months, 12 outpatient months, 6 consult months, and 6 outpatient/consult selective months.

Our residents have the unique opportunity to train at 5 different hospital sites during the course of the program.