Acute Care Residency Program

Program Overview

The Emory Acute Care Residency Program is a 12-month program designed to provide a concentrated experience to clinicians interested in pursuing advanced practice in acute care. The program commences in August and finishes in July of the following year.

Program Mission

The mission of the Emory University Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program is to prepare physical therapists with advanced knowledge and skills in acute care physical therapy practice with a solid foundation in the application of evidence based practice. Preparing physical therapists that are critical consumers of the relevant scientific literature and the integration of new techniques are key to innovative clinical practice. The Emory University Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program is committed to prepare physical therapists who will engage in clinical, academic, and professional teaching and consultative activities that will contribute to the community and advancement of the physical therapy profession

Program Goals

The Emory University Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program will:

  • provide the necessary content and clinical experiences to prepare the resident for successful completion of ABPTS residency requirements.
  • provide the necessary teaching and mentoring opportunities to facilitate the resident’s skills in teaching and consulting activities.
  • promote the advancement in the field of acute care physical therapy practice by engaging residents in activities that support clinical excellence, research and utilization of new evidence that guides clinical decision making
  • commit to the health and well-being of each resident while striving to achieve the highest standards in education and clinical care.

Acute Care Mentors, From left to right: Stefanie Parham, Stacy Hassinger Carmen Paul and Donna Gordon.
Katelyn Corridon is the Acute Care Resident.

Curriculum  

During the course the program residents will:

  • Practice in a variety of clinical settings spanning the continuum of acute care practice
  • Participate in teaching entry-level students in the Emory University Doctor of Physical Therapy program, specifically in the Advanced Acute Care Elective, the General Medical Conditions, and the Fundamental Measurement Course
  • Complete didactic online coursework in collaboration with our partners at the University of Southern California, Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium, and PT Cardiopulmonary Educators
  • Complete didactic coursework through on site orthopedic and other specific acute care focused material including but not limited to valid functional tools for acute care and ICU setting
  • Collaborate with clinical partners, including physicians, to participate in specialty observations such as hyperbaric treatment and wound care, etc.
  • Participate in quality improvement and potential research opportunities in the area of acute care.

Admission Requirements

All applications must be submitted through RF-PTCAS at the following link: www.abptrfe.org/RFPTCAS/

Application requirements:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 1 personal essay
  • Educational history
  • All academic transcripts
  • Employment history

Additional requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited APTA entry level doctor of physical therapy program
  • Be a licensed physical therapist in the state of Georgia
  • Career statement
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Current CPR certification
  • Advanced Acute Care elective at Emory University or equivalent strongly encouraged
  • ACLS certification strongly encouraged
  • APTA membership strongly encouraged

 Program Highlights

  • Didactic classes are available through the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium, the PT Cardiopulmonary Educators, on site orthopedic lectures, and other specific acute care focused material including but not limited to valid functional tools for acute care and ICU setting
  • Additional Residency Program Highlights:
    • Monthly journal club combining online networking as well as the onsite residency programs
    • Flexible mentoring schedule
    • Teaching at the Emory University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
    • Participation in hospital and department based quality improvement and research activities
  • Emory University Acute Care Residency Program has achieved developing status from the ABPTRFE.

Academic and Research Partners

  • Rotations through integumentary, musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and complex medical/surgical areas including multiple ICUs.
  • Emory Healthcare hospitals provide the sites for development of clinical experience in the area of acute care
    • Emory University Hospital
    • 605 licensed beds, including 18 joint venture long-term acute care beds
    • 93 ICU beds and a Serious Communicable Diseases Unit
  • Emory University Midtown Hospital
    • 511 licensed beds, including 30 joint-venture long-term acute care beds
    • 68 ICU beds, in addition to 36 beds in a level III neonatal ICU

The Emory University Acute Care Residency Program was granted candidacy status by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education on April 24, 2018. Official commencement of this status began on April 30, 2018 and will terminate on the earlier of (i) ABPTRFE’s granting the program accreditation (including a probationary accreditation) or denying the program’s application for accreditation, or (ii) two years from the date ABPTRFE granted the program candidate status.

Residency Faculty

Residency Program Director:
Kathy Lee Bishop, PT, DPT, CCS

Marie A. Johanson, PT, PhD
Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Professor and Interim Director, Emory University DPT Program
Rehabilitation Medicine

ACUTE CARE RESIDENT

KATELYN CORRIDON EMORY UNIVERSITY