Clinical Practice: Residents will work 20-25 hours/week in the clinical setting and rotate through acute hospital care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation at St. David’s Medical Center and the outpatient clinic at Texas State University. Residents will receive a minimum of 3 hours of one-on-one mentorship each week with neuro clinical specialists.
Didactic Curriculum: Residents will complete didactic coursework through the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State University. Coursework is designed to enhance clinical learning by integrating it with the various settings throughout the year. Each week a new module will provide the resident with the opportunity to explore current best evidence focusing on improving patient outcomes. Examples of modules presented in conjunction with the acute care setting include: ICU Early Mobilization, Neuroanatomy, Neuroimaging, Pharmacology, Motor Control, and Motor Learning. While practicing in a hospital-based outpatient clinic, the resident will learn about Neurophysioogy and Diagnostic tools, Pain Science, Differential Diagnoses of the PNS and CNS, and Management of Patients with Cerebellar Dysfunction. During inpatient rehabilitation rotations, the resident will attend sessions on Facilitating Functional Mobility, Normal and Pathologic Gait, Locomotor Principles, Orthotic Prescriptions, Aging with a Disability, Psychosocial Aspects of Neurologic Diagnoses, Kinesiologic Application to Enhancing Function in Persons with Tetraplegia, Wheelchair Seating, and Sexuality, Bowel and Bladder Management. Residents will experience an intensive three weeks of Vestibular Rehabilitation in a mini rotation. The final rotation will occur in the Physical Therapy Clinic at Texas State and during this time the resident will attend modules on Contemporary Management of Parkinson's Disease, Rare and Undiagnosed Disorders involving the CNS, Classification and Treatment Strategies for Common Disorders in Neurologic Pediatric Patients, and Health Coaching.
Teaching/Instruction: Residents will assist with lecture/lab instruction within the neuroscience and clinical decision-making course series for entry-level students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Texas State University. Residents will also supervise entry-level DPT students in the Texas State University OP PT Clinic.