Pediatric Residency Program

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  • The Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy (BKN&PT) and Physical Therapy in the Division of Rehabilitative Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (PTCHLA) at the University of Southern California (USC) have established a Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency that combines the academic resources of a superior physical therapy educational and research institution with the prominent history and clinical expertise of a superior clinical group at one of the leading children’s hospitals in the nation.

    The mission of the BKN&PT/PTCHLA Clinical Residency program in pediatric physical therapy is to graduate leaders and advanced practitioners of pediatric physical therapy who will express their education through excellence in the practice and teaching of clinical skills, who will continue to expand the body of knowledge in their specialty by conducting and publishing clinical research and who will become leaders who provide and ensure high-quality, cost-effective, community-based integrated services in the communities they work in within a coordinated, culturally competent, family-centered orientation.

    Advanced pediatric physical therapy practitioners will possess a foundation in the theoretical basis of Pediatric PT practice, including development and learning and plasticity of body systems. Program graduates will possess knowledge and skill in medical and physical therapy differential diagnosis and prognosis. This foundation will be expanded through evidence-based practice and outcomes assessment that leads to efficient and effective PT interventions and optimal patient outcomes.

    Leadership skills and family centered care will be fostered through residency participation in the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (CA-LEND) education program, which is located within CHLA. CA-LEND uses Life Course as the primary framework, along with Maternal and Child Health (MCH) values, to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary MCH leaders and workforce in healthcare to have the necessary skills and experience for shaping appropriate and effective health policies, programs, and outcomes for children/youth with Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and special health care needs.

    The American Physical Therapy Association describes clinical residencies as follows:

    • A post-professional clinical residency is a planned program of post-professional clinical education. It is designed to advance the physical therapist resident's preparation as a provider of patient/client care services in a defined area of clinical practice. It also combines opportunities for ongoing clinical supervision/mentoring and feedback to the physical therapist resident, including practical examinations, with a foundation in scientific inquiry and course work.
    • The goal of post-professional clinical residency programs is to produce clinicians who demonstrate superior post-professional clinical skills, advanced knowledge in an area of clinical practice, and the ability to function as consultants, advocates, and educators of their peers and patients.