Physical Therapy Residency Program

Neurologic Clinical Residency at Vanderbilt Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute

Co-sponsored by Belmont University

Mission Statement:
Our mission is to prepare the physical therapy resident to be an advanced practitioner in neurologic physical therapy by working collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment. The resident will demonstrate excellence through evidence based clinical decision making and practice and serve as an educator, clinical researcher and professional role model for others.
Program Overview:
Physical therapy residents will participate in a year-long out-patient program that focuses on becoming an expert practitioner in neurologic rehabilitation. Advanced foundational knowledge and skill-based instruction will be delivered using a 1:1 clinical mentoring model. The resident will meet with expert clinicians on average 3 hours per week and will participate in didactic assignments on average 2-4 hours per week. As part of the didactic requirements, the resident will be expected to participate in webinars and to attend 2 Modules presented by the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium. Tuition will be paid for these educational experiences; however, the resident is responsible for all other travel expenses. The resident will have on average 30 hours/week of direct clinical care time in Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institutes state-of-the-art facility. During this time, the resident will evaluate and treat a wide range of patients with acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, SCI, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, falls-risk patients, and vestibular disorders. Supplemental experiences include pediatrics, acute care (including a level I trauma unit), inpatient rehabilitation, and the balance function center (audiology/vestibular). In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to participate in several specialty clinics, including Adult Seating and Mobility, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Movement Disorder, and Facial Synkinesis. The resident will gain knowledge and experience though teaching opportunities at Belmont Universitys Department of Physical Therapy in the neurologic content areas. Other unique opportunities may be available upon request such as observation of driving assessment and low vision interventions. Residents will complete a clinical project during their experience. The residency program will assist the resident in the preparation to sit for the NCS examination.
Neurologic Residency Goals and Objectives:
The goals of the program are to:
1. Prepare the resident(s) to become an advanced neurologic physical therapy practitioner.
2. Develop resident(s) who have the highest professional standards.
3. Train resident(s) to advance the evidence-based practice of physical therapy.
4. Engage the resident(s) in Education.
5. Develop the resident(s) ability to serve as a consultant and advocate.
Elise Shepard
Neurologic PT Resident: Elise Shepard, PT, DPT
(08/08/2015 08/08/2016)
Elise Shepard, PT, DPT, is the 2015-16 Neurology Clinical Resident at the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute.
Additional Links:
· Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute:
· Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital:
· Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital:
Contact Information:
Andrea Donald, PT, DPT, NCS
Clinical Residency Director at Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute
1215 21st Avenue South, Suite 9211
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-5048
Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation home page link:
Renee Brown, PT, PhD
Academic Residency Director at Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute
School of Physical Therapy
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 460-6719
Belmont University PT home page link: