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Zablocki VA Medical Center

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Who is eligible to apply for the Neurologic Residency Program?

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

Does program require any specific continuing education course work or specific clinical and/or didactic learning experiences to apply to the program?

No, but evidence of an interest in neurologic rehabilitation is desirable.

Do you take new grads?


Will I be eligible to sit for the NCS exam at the end of the residency program, even if I am a new grad?


How many applications does your program receive per application cycle?

We typically review between 10-20 completed applications each year.

Is your residency program limited to only MU grads or alumni?


How many residents are accepted each year?


What are the fees / costs associated with this residency program?

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 include maintaining personal liability insurance which is about $160/yr through HPSO, and while the VA supports the resident in attending CSM, it does not cover travel and housing expenses. CSM attendance is part of the planned programming for the residency.

Are fees such as continuing education courses and national conferences covered by the Residency Program?

No, but residents often qualify for student rates or can attend VA or MU-sponsored programming for free.

How much does the residency position pay?

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.

Will I able to work part-time, perhaps picking up some weekends?

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.

Is there a part time, weekend, and /or evening residency option for working PTs?


How many hours does the resident treat patients at the Zablocki VA Hospital?

Residents are contracted to provide 30 hours of direct PT services a week. Work days tend to be Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, with Weds scheduled for teaching, research, didactic programming and prep.

How often does the resident receive 1:1 mentoring?

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.

What are the teaching expectations and opportunities?

Teaching commitments may range between 1-8 hours per week depending on the semester. Residents are considered adjunct faculty in Marquette’s DPT program and function primarily as teaching assistants. It is expected that the residents will give 1-2 lectures, lead a lab, and participate in providing practical examinations in the Neuro Rehab 2 course. They also help out in brain dissection labs and provide a clinical correlates lecture for the NeuroAnatomy class. Other optional teaching opportunities can also be arranged based on residency interest.

Will the resident spend time at specialty clinics?

Yes. Residents will attend ALS, MS, Movement disorders, and EMG clinics during their OP rotation.

What additional outside experiences are available to me during this residency program?

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.

What are the overall time requirements / expectations for 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.




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