The mission of the St. Vincent Evansville-University of Evansville Neurologic Residency Program is to develop exceptional, passionate and persevering physical therapists dedicated to the excellent care of the body, mind, and spirit of individuals served. It is our vision that residents will serve as leaders in the field of neurologic physical therapy, advancing the profession by facilitating the translation of evidence to clinical practice using measurement as a guide to the systematic application of interventions.
We strive to create a supported learning environment that encourages lifelong professional development beginning with the residency and continuing throughout the entire career in the areas of patient care, teaching, mentoring, research and community engagement and outreach. With this mission, we envision continued organizational growth and identification of St. Vincent Evansville as the premier provider of neurologic rehabilitation services in southwestern Indiana.
Resident graduates will be prepared to sit and pass the board certification exam in neurologic physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in the spring following residency completion.
The Residency Program is approximately 12 months in length, beginning in early August and concluding the following year in mid-August.
The residency program consists of rotations to 3 different practice settings. The residency begins with a 2-month rotation in acute care, followed by a 5-month rotation in inpatient rehabilitation, and concluding with a 5-month rotation in outpatient rehabilitation. Travel is minimal with all clinical sites located within a few miles of each other.
A resident should anticipate a minimum total time commitment of 50 hours per week. The residency program entails 36-40 hours of direct patient care each week with a focus on the evaluation and treatment of neurologic diagnoses as outlined in the Neurologic Description of Residency Practice. A minimum of 4 of these hours each week are patient-centered mentored treatment time in which the resident will collaborate with an expert faculty mentor to facilitate professional growth and skill development. The remaining hours are split between didactic work, various research opportunities, community service and teaching.
The St. Vincent Evansville-University of Evansville Neurologic Residency Program has partnered with the Institute for Knowledge Translation (iKT) for the didactic portion of the curriculum. The format of delivery is a hybrid model with a mix of webinars, live discussions, multi-day onsite experiences in Indianapolis, and journal clubs. The resident will be responsible for all associated tuition and travel expenses. The content is delivered by experts across the nation in the field of neurologic physical therapy with a differentiating focus on knowledge translation, measurement, leadership development, integration of research, statistics and clinical inquiry. iKT shares our mission in fostering the development of an advanced clinician who will be prepared to lead as a “change agent” upon residency completion.
The resident will serve as a lab instructor to Doctoral Physical Therapy students at the University of Evansville in the neurologic rehabilitation courses.
The resident will serve as a weekly clinical supervisor to the pro bono student-led community-based exercise program “ACErcise”. This program targets survivors of neurologic events or individuals living with neurologic conditions in an effort to promote socialization, optimal health and overall wellness in a structured and supervised environment.
The resident will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of research projects throughout the year. This may entail collaboration with a residency faculty member on a current performance improvement project/research study or the development of a novel research project aimed to facilitate knowledge translation efforts in the field of neurologic physical therapy at the local level.
The resident position is salaried and competitive. We offer a comprehensive benefits package. A small stipend will be offered for the adjunct faculty position at the University of Evansville.
The application requirements include the submission of a curriculum vitae, 2-3 letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent that includes personal goals for participation in this particular residency program. New graduates are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a clinical instructor and one letter of recommendation from an academic faculty member. All of these documents must be sent directly to the program director by February 15th with a formal St. Vincent application process to follow:
Maghan Bretz, PT, MPT, NCS
Director of the St. Vincent Evansville-University of Evansville Neurologic Residency Program
3700 Washington Avenue
Evansville, Indiana 47750
Top candidates will be contacted for an on-site interview in March. An offer will be made in April. The residency begins with online didactic coursework in July. The on-site clinical portion will begin in early August.
ABPTRFE has granted St. Vincent Evansville-University of Evansville Neurologic Residency Program developing status. Developing status signifies approval to work toward candidacy status with an end goal of accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program. Residency programs are not accredited by CAPTE.
|7:00 am||Patient Care (9 hours)||Patient Care (9 hours)||Patient Care (9 hours)||Patient Care (9 hours)|
|8:00 am||Lab assisting at University of Evansville||Research and Didactic Work
Two 3-4 day on-site experiences in Indianapolis (Friday–Monday)
|1:00 pm||Patient care with mentor||Patient Care||Patient Care||Research and Didactic Work||Patient care with mentor|
|3:00 pm||Patient Care||Patient Care|
|5:00 pm||ACErcise community wellness**|
|6:00 pm||Live discussions/journal clubs|
*Subject to change to best meet resident and facility needs
** Runs according to the university calendar in fall and spring.