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Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

Tampa General Hospital Neurologic Residency Program Mission

The mission of the Tampa General Hospital Neurologic Residency Program is to provide practicing physical therapists an advanced level of clinical training that will enable them to take a leadership role in the treatment of individuals with functional limitations associated with neurological deficits.  The program will promote evidence-based practice and advanced clinical reasoning in the treatment of clients with neurological disorders. The care we provide will reflect a patient-centered approach. Our residents will apply the advanced skills in the field of neurological PT across the continuum of care and lifespan of patients with neurologic disorders.

Tampa General Hospital Rehabilitation Services Neurologic Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional (residency/fellowship) program for physical therapists in Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Tampa General Hospital Neurologic Residency Program Goals

  1. Prepare the resident for successful completion of the ABPTS neurologic specialty examination

  2. Promote best practice through the application of scientific principles, evidence-based practice and patient-focused treatment for people with neurologic disorders

  3. Support the mission of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) by creating practitioners of choice in a specific area of practice with advanced specialty certification

  4. Uphold the mission of TGH by providing an increased number of clinicians with an advanced level of clinical training and education in the area of neurologic physical therapy

  5. The program will promote teaching to various audiences to serve the education needs of clients with neurologic diagnosis

  6. Promote highest level of professionalism and communication with all stakeholders

  7. Provide an individualized experience for each resident based on their entry skills and their self-assessment through use of the APTA self assessment tool for neurologic physical therapy

  The Residency Program is a 13-month program and involves the following rotations:

  • Neurologic acute hospital care including the neuro intensive care unit (TGH is a Level 1 Trauma Center)

  • Inpatient rehabilitation facility

  • Outpatient neurologic rehabilitation

  • The resident will also be in pediatrics for 2-4 weeks in various settings including Neonatal ICU, acute hospital care, acute inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient.  Additional learning opportunities will be in the Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic.

Clinical training will include managing a caseload of patients with neurologic involvement and mentoring with highly experienced faculty. Our faculty has many certifications including four board-certified specialist neurologic physical therapy, two assistive technology professionals and seating and mobility specialist, one NDT-certified PT, three certified brain injury specialists, and six APTA CI credentialed therapists. The didactic component of the program will be presented by The Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium.  

The resident will be employed by Tampa General Hospital and will qualify for the benefits package provided by TGH.  As a TGH team member, all policies and procedures including all Human Resources policies and procedures, will apply to the resident.

Residency Admission Requirements

The following are prerequisites for an applicant to apply for TGH neurologic residency:

  • Graduate of a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program (at start time of residency).

  • Hold, in good standing, a current license to practice PT in the state of Florida (temporary license is acceptable, residents must disclose to program director examination date at time of admission to program).

  • Meet all eligibility requirements to be employed as a practicing PT within TGH.

  • Submit current resume or CV.

  • Member APTA.

  • 3 references from PTs one from academia and one who has directly worked with applicant in clinical setting (such as CI or PT supervisor).

  • Most up to date transcript from all universities attended.

  • Statement of interest regarding Tampa General Hospital Rehabilitation Services Neurologic Residency Program and professional goals.

Click here to apply through the RF-PTCAS. 

Program Outcomes       
Year 2019  2020  2021
Graduation Rate 100%  100% 100%
Passing Rate for Neurologic Clinical Specialist Exam 100% 100%  Results Pending

 For additional information please contact:

Jamie Dietrich, MPT, NCS, ATP/SMS
Program Director PT Residency Program
Tampa General Hospital
(813) 844-4903
Fax: (813) 844-1698