Neurologic Clinical Residency
Belmont University School of Physical Therapy in partnership with Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (PBPRI) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a one year long Neurologic Clinical Residency Program. The program is designed to prepare the resident to treat patients with neurological conditions using contemporary, evidenced-based treatment approaches and provide the skills and experience needed to sit for the Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS) certification exam with APTA. The one-year residency is one of 23 programs of its kind in the United States accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and is the only such program in Tennessee.
Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute is an outpatient interdisciplinary neurological rehabilitation program where physical therapists work in teams with colleagues in occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and social work to promote community re-entry and vocational and/or academic transitioning. The Institute was conceived when the Nashville Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, along with Nissan Corporation, USA and Ford Motor Company, Inc., made a financial commitment to the development of a traumatic brain injury program. The need for such a program was proposed by the members of the Nashville Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club when they identified the limited availability of comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services for neurologically impaired adolescents and adults in the Nashville area. PBPRI opened its doors in 1988 to fill this critical role.
The resident works closely with therapists with expertise in a variety of neurologic specialty areas across the continuum of care from inpatient acute care and trauma, inpatient rehabilitation at Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, and outpatient services, gaining experience with a wide range of patients with acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions including: traumatic brain injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, falls-risk, vestibular disorders and others. The resident may also have the opportunity to participate in specialty settings such as the Adult Seating and Mobility Clinic, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic, Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, Movement Disorders Clinic, Facial Synkinesis Clinic, and pediatric inpatient and outpatient clinics.
At Belmont, the resident extends clinical work to the classroom by teaching and providing lab instruction to doctoral students in the School of Physical Therapy in the neurologic content areas. Dr. Renee Brown is the academic coordinator for the residency. Belmont sponsors and coordinates the resident's participation with the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium.
For more information about the Neurologic Clinical Residency is available at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center website.