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Geriatric Residency

Not currently accepting applications for this program.

The university is offering practicing physical therapists the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills through our Geriatric Residency program.

Program Mission
The mission of the Geriatric Residency program of the University of St. Augustine is to graduate physical therapists who have achieved competency of skills in both clinical and didactic learning in geriatric physical therapy.

Program Objectives
Through completion of the Geriatric Residency program, the resident will:

  • Apply skills for examination of geriatric patient cases as per the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP).
  • Analyze the outcomes of the patient examination to formulate an evaluation statement.
  • Apply and modify skills for intervention of geriatric patient cases.
  • Utilize evidence-based information to identify patient management.
  • Plan and implement Physical Therapy management strategies, which take into consideration aspects of patient psychosocial, medical and functional needs.
  • Plan and implement Physical Therapy management strategies, which relate directly to functional improvement.
  • Demonstrate appropriate decision making for patient care.
  • Communicate effectively with patient and patient related services and administrative personnel.
  • Identify strengths and weakness in their learning environment through reflective thinking and appropriate communications.
  • Apply an ethical standard of clinical practice.
  • Be prepared to apply to take the ABPTS GCS examination
  • Multi Site: Consistency of standards for both didactic and mentorship areas will be maintained across multiple clinical sites. Clinical mentors and residents will utilize all the same forms and methods of reporting to the program director. The director will review the method of both mentor and resident reporting as well as summarize the achievement across sites.

Admission Requirements
The Geriatric Residency program is intended for recent graduates, as well as, clinicians who want to accelerate their current clinical geriatric knowledge and skill.

All students who apply to the Geriatric Residency program must complete an application/admissions process. Documents that must be submitted include:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 processing fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions of higher learning
  • Two references from professional colleagues
  • Copy of professional state license
  • Current resume which lists continuing education involvement and professional publications
  • Current photograph
  • Essay

Program Requirements

  • Patient Care Hours: 1,030
  • Mentored Hours: 160 (1.1 Hours)
  • Pre-Requisites: Licensed or eligible for licensure
  • Length of Residency: Minimum of 12 months, Maximum of 36 months
  • Location: Anywhere in the United States
  • Curriculum: Online and seminar based on Geriatric Certified Specialties
  • Journal Club: Attend 12 and must lead 3
  • Case Rounds: Attend and present at 12 case rounds
  • Conference Requirement: Attend one professional conference
  • Scholarly Requirement: Submit one poster presentation
  • When can I start? Rolling admission, new residents start 3 times per year

Geriatric Residency Curriculum

  • Administration on Aging: Functions at local-State-national levels relevant to PT/Health Policy/LTC Ombudsman [local administrations/government services/Private Case Management
  • Screening for Elder Driver safety: ARRD’s & Car Fit [skills & awareness, wellness]
  • Medicare: By venue=Inpt Acute; InptRehab; SNF; CORF; Home Health; Adult Day Health/PACE; Outpt IPT
  • EHR: Electronic Documentation-Assets & Pit falls
  • Integumentary Management & tissue healing
  • Exercise for Elders: [wellness & applications in pathology]
  • CI Credentialing course
  • The Aging Workforce & Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • The Clinician Scholar: Case Reports, Clinical Research from Practice: Miller
  • Cardio Pulmonary Considerations across PT practice
  • Fall RISKS & Vestibular clinical management
  • CAM insights: Yoga, Tai Chi, Rolfing
  • Educating Older Adults: HEP, Self Care, Caregivers
  • Wellness/Psychology & Sociology of Aging
  • Manual Therapy for the Older Adult
  • Imaging
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