Curriculum

  • Residency Curriculum & Training

    • Residency program goals will be achieved through a combination of formal and informal educational methods and roles:

      • Direct care provision as well as mentored clinical practice at either Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC) or USC Physical Therapy Associates and Keck Medical Center of USC. One-on-one clinical mentorship during management of the resident’s patients is a key component of the USC/RLANRC Neurologic Residency Program. Clinical mentors include neurologic clinical specialists at USC and RLANRC and USC neurologic physical therapy faculty Direct care provision as well as mentored clinical practice at either RanchoLos Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC) or USC Physical Therapy Associates and Keck Medical Center of USC. One-on-one clinical mentorship during management of the resident’s patients is a key component of the USC/RLANRC Neurologic Residency Program. Clinical mentors include neurologic clinical specialists at USC and RLANRC and USC neurologic physical therapy faculty
      • Mentoring by USC physician neurologists via care provision in specialty clinics of the Division of Neurology at USC, including Movement Disorders, Neuroimmunology, and Neuromuscular Disorders.
      • Participation as teaching assistants in courses addressing neurology(ex: Neuroanatomy), clinical evaluation/treatment skills, and electrophysiology in USC’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program
      • Enrollment in continuing education courses through the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium.
      • Preparation of a scholarly project with faculty mentors, including a case report or scholarly paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, contribution to a book in the field of neurologic PT, or other approved work.

    A typical week includes:

    • 20-24 hours of direct patient care (this will include weekendcoverage
    • 4 hours of mentored clinical practice in physical therapy
    • 4 hours providing physical therapy services while working with USC physicians as they see their patients
    • 8 hours of teaching in DPT curriculum
    • Didactic coursework varies each week (see Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium below for more information).

     

     

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    PATIENT CARE AT USC OR RANCHO (INCLUDING MENTOR SESSION)

    PATIENT CARE AT USC OR RANCHO

    Independent study time for scholarly project  

    PHYSICIAN CLINIC AT USC  

    PATIENT CARE AT USC OR RANCHO (INCLUDING MENTOR SESSION)

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    TEACHING IN DPT PROGRAM AT USC  

    PATIENT CARE AT USC OR RANCHO

    TEACHING IN DPT PROGRAM AT USC

     

    Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium

    The coursework is divided into two 4-day blocks to maximize your educational experience and minimize your time away from the clinic. Our educational approach includes labs, on-line resources and activities, patient case presentations and journal club. Webinars (24-26) are also provided throughout the year involving topics such as: Neurologic Differential Diagnosis; Motor Learning; Neuroplasticity; and Gait.