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Neurological Physical Therapy Residency gains accreditation

Aug. 15, 2013, 9:47 AM

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson’s Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (PBPRI) and Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy are receiving accreditation from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for their collaborative Neurological Physical Therapy Clinical Residency instituted last year.

The one-year residency is one of 23 programs of its kind in the United States to have achieved this status, and is the only such program in Tennessee.

Lisa Haack, PT, DPT, works with a patient on balance retraining through the Neurological Physical Therapy Clinical Residency instituted last year. (photo by Amy Woosley)

PBPRI is an outpatient interdisciplinary neurological rehabilitation program where physical therapists work in teams with colleagues in occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and social work to promote community re-entry and vocational and/or academic transitioning.

“Being the first neurological physical therapy residency program in Tennessee, we have the responsibility and the privilege to train the next generation of outstanding neurological clinical specialists,” said Lisa Haack, DPT, NCS, Neurological Clinical Residency director, a PBPRI clinical staff member in physical therapy and a neurologic specialist.

Academic Residency Director Renee Brown, PT, Ph.D, professor of Physical Therapy at Belmont University, said completion of the credentialing process is an affirmation of the program’s commitment to its patients.

“We have had a long-standing working relationship with Vanderbilt and this new program is an extension of that partnership,” Brown said.

“We look forward to continuing to collaborate to train the next generation of physical therapy providers in the area of neurologic rehabilitation.”

The Neurologic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency will be recognized during the Residency/Fellowship Career Development Reception at the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting hosted by the APTA.

“An important mission of both Vanderbilt and Belmont is to educate and train the next generation of leaders in health care,” said Mike de Riesthal, Ph.D., director of the PBPRI. “The success of the collaborative residency program is a perfect example of this mission in action.”

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