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Licensed PT’s: Must be a US citizen to be hired by a VA Hospital. You will need to be licensed to practice in Wisconsin by the start of the residency program.
PT students: Must be on track to graduate by May of the year you will start the residency program (in July). We would prefer that the incoming residents have passed the WI licensure exam on the April test date, although registration for the July test date is acceptable. However, if you are unsuccessful in obtaining licensure by August, you may be asked to step out of the residency program
No, but evidence of an interest in neurologic rehabilitation is desirable.
We have 2 permanent residency positions, and may be increasing to 3 residents for the 2014-2015 residency cycle.
Our program currently does not have an additional application or tuition fee, although the RF-PTCAS process does have its own fee. The costs associated with the program are related to some of the didactic programming which is offered in part via live webinars through the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium. Our residents participate in the 10 webinar option which is ~$600. In addition, the VA supports the resident in attending CSM, but does not cover travel and housing expenses.
No, but residents often qualify for student rates or can attend VA or MU-sponsored programming for free.
The residents are hired by the VA as a full time staff, with all of the benefits (parking, health care, sick leave, accrue time off), but are paid 70% of a full time new grad starting salary, which is currently ~$43,000.
Given the busy schedule and heavy load of teaching, didactic, and research expectations, it is unlikely that you will feel you have the time to work outside of the residency program.
Mentoring sessions are scheduled weekly, with topics to be determined by the resident and mentors depending on the resident’s interests, needs, previous experiences, and opportunities available.
Teaching hours vary depending on which class the resident is teaching, however, teaching commitments may range between 4-16 hours per week depending on the semester. Teaching responsibilities are relegated to the position of teaching assistant, and generally require hands on assistance in labs, setting up the equipment for the class, and may involve 1 or 2 lectures.
Yes. Residents will attend ALS, MS, Movement disorders, and EMG clinics during their OP rotation.
All residents will spend 1 day a week for 6 weeks in an outpatient pediatric setting. Additional specific TBI, Vestibular, adaptive sports, and community day programming opportunities may also be arranged depending on the interest of the resident.
Between the clinical practice, mentoring, teaching, research, and didactic programming, it is anticipated that the resident spends 50-55 hr/wk on residency-related activities. In addition to direct patient care, this includes teaching prep time, data analysis, assigned readings, webinar attendance, researching given topics, etc.