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 mid-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 9-week rotation in acute care, followed by a 24-week rotation in inpatient rehabilitation, and concludes with a 20-week rotation in outpatient rehabilitation. This is subject to change. Travel is minimal with all clinical sites located within a few miles of each other.
The residency program entails ~30 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 ~10 hours are split between didactic work, various research opportunities, community service and teaching. Hours will often exceed this minimum and should be expected.
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 pre-recorded educational modules, online mentoring, online journal clubs and in-person weekend workshops in Indianapolis. 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/lecturer to Doctoral Physical Therapy students at the University of Evansville in the basic and advanced neurologic rehabilitation courses.
The resident will serve as a mentor and 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 be expected to complete clinical research. The resident may participate in one of the formal studies currently underway at the University of Evansville or may elect to complete a case study/series independently. Additionally, the resident may be asked to participate in a performance improvement project at Ascension St. Vincent. Once the resident identifies a project of interest and specific research-related goals, he/she will be asked to develop a specific plan regarding his/her participation in the project. The remainder of the residency year will be spent fulfilling the responsibilities as clearly identified in the project plan. The resident will be expected to submit an abstract for presentation at a faculty approved conference or symposium.
The resident position is salaried and competitive at 80% of an experience-matched non-resident physical therapist. We offer a comprehensive benefits package. A small stipend will be offered for the adjunct faculty position at the University of Evansville.
Applications will be submitted through RF-PTCAS. Application deadline is February 15th. The application requirements include the submission of a curriculum vitae, a transcript, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation. New graduates are required to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a clinical instructor and at least one letter of recommendation from an academic faculty member. Additionally, applicants will be asked to complete several essay questions regarding his/her interest in residency programming and professional goals. Questions can be directed to:
Maghan Bretz, PT, MPT, NCS
Director of the St. Vincent Evansville & University of Evansville Neurologic Residency Program
Top candidates will be contacted for an on-site interview in March. An offer will be made within a reasonable amount of time.
ABPTRFE has granted St. Vincent Evansville & University of Evansville Neurologic Residency Program initial accreditation status, effective May 18, 2020 for a period of five years through September 2025. Residency programs are not accredited by CAPTE.
In-person training at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (Indianapolis)
|7:00 am||Patient Care|
|8:00 am||Patient Care||Patient Care||Lab Assistant PT626||Patient Care||Didactic Work, Research & In-Person Workshops|
|1:00 pm||Mentored Patient Care||Patient Care||Mentored Patient Care||Didactic Work and Research||Mentored Patient Care|
|3:00 pm||Patient Care||Patient Care||Patient Care|
|4:00 pm||ACErcise Community Wellness|
|5:00 pm||PT626 Faculty Meeting|
|7:00 pm||Online Group Mentoring/Journal Club|