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Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

Clinical Residency in Neurologic Rehabilitation

Man-walking-with-assistanceBeaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is offering a 12 month long residency to physical therapy graduates interested in specializing in the management of patients with neurological deficits throughout the lifespan, pediatrics to geriatrics. The residency program will enhance and advance the physical therapist’s knowledge and skills in patient/client management with a focus toward expert practice. Residency graduates are highly valued as specialized practitioners working within a multidisciplinary, patient-centered care working environment in health care. 


The mission of the Corewell Health East Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to prepare the resident trainee in advanced clinical practice, to accelerate innovative analytical thinking & reasoning skills, and to provide cutting-edge professional development in neurologic physical therapy while providing compassionate and extraordinary care for patients with neurologic deficits within a multidisciplinary team environment. The goals are to provide current evidence-based clinical care with respect and integrity paramount and at the forefront of all patient interactions, within a patient-centered care model, promote excellence in education, to embark on clinical research, and engagement in the community we serve.

The program is approximately 12 months in length and involves a comprehensive and well-rounded education within a 1100 bed tertiary, teaching and research hospital that received certification as an “Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center”. The physical therapy rehabilitation residency will include clinical work, a didactic component, and research and community outreach opportunities.

The Corewell Health East Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program resident will provide approximately 30 hours of clinical care weekly alongside a 1:1 mentoring faculty expert. The resident will work with patients spanning the patient’s lifetime within these clinical environments: acute care, intensive care unit, neurological inpatient rehabilitation unit, pediatric inpatient and outpatient settings, and outpatient neurological therapy. The variety of patient diagnoses range from pediatric & adult stroke, anoxic brain injuries, traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, vestibular disorders, and traumatic & non-traumatic spinal cord injuries. Residents can partake in various specialty clinics & educational seminars, i.e. wheelchair clinic, prosthetic/orthotic fabrication, Physical Medicine &Rehabilitation seminars, and Rehab Team Rounds/Conferences. The didactic component will be provided by the Neuro Consortium that consists of webinars and a journal club while certain foundation courses will be supplemented by our own faculty experts.

Program Outcomes Data 2023

Maximum Number of Residents Enrolled per Year: 2
Program Status: Accredited through May 31, 2024
Completion Rate: 80% (4/5 residents)
Graduation Rates: 100% (4/4 residents)
Employment Rate in Neurology after Graduation: 100% (4/4 residents)
Specialty Certification Pass Rate: 66% (2/3 residents, 4th resident completing in 2024)

The Corewell Health East Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program became accredited on May 31, 2019 from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) with a 100% graduation and specialty exam passing rate.

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