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Siskin Hospital offers new neurologic residency program

October 23, 2019

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation has been awarded approval to begin offering a Neurologic Residency program by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) in October and will immediately begin accepting applicants for its first resident slot of the 2020-2021 program year.

“We’re pleased to offer this advanced clinical training to new physical therapy graduates,” says Carol Sim, president and CEO. “With this program, Siskin Hospital continues to build on its reputation as a center for neurologic excellence and to train the next generation of experts.”

“Siskin Hospital identified the need of more practicing Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialists due to the growing population of neurologically-impaired individuals in the Chattanooga community,” says Christina Metz, PT, DPT, NCS, program director of Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation Neurologic Residency. “We developed the residency in neurologic physical therapy to promote the development of advanced clinicians and to provide our patients with the highest standard of care, using the most current evidence-based practice to achieve better outcomes and improve patient satisfaction.”

According to ABPTRFE, a residency is a post-professional program for graduates of physical therapy who have already obtained a physical therapy licensure, unlike clinical internships that are a part of the requirement to graduate from a physical therapy program. Residency programs are geared toward new graduates and new professionals with a focus on advancing knowledge or skills within a specific specialty area of practice.

Graduates of the Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation Neurologic Residency Program will complete their residency in preparation of acquiring their Board Certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist.

The program is enrolling participants immediately for the 2020 program year beginning in February.