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Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program

The Neurological Residency Program provides practicing physical therapists with advanced training in neurologic:

  • Exams
  • Decision-making
  • Intervention techniques

The program also places an emphasis on using research and the literature to maintain practice within the scope of evidence-based physical therapy.

The program is funded by UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and is housed within the inpatient unit at UPMC Mercy.

Clinics for outpatient neuro PT training include:

  • UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
  • UPMC at Oxford Drive, Monroeville.

Also, the program offers an inpatient acute care specialty observation provided by our Level 1 Trauma Hospital, UPMC Presbyterian.

Who should apply to the Neuro PT Residency Program?

Licensed physical therapists that have already completed an entry-level program who want to:

  • Receive further training in the subspecialty of Neurologic PT.
  • Become board-certified clinical specialists in the area of neurological physical therapy.

The Neurological Residency Program runs 12 successive months starting in August.

As part of the "Continuing Education” Plan of Study, you will participate in a planned Neurological Residency Program curriculum. You will also enroll in the Institute for Knowledge Translation.

These courses promote advanced decision-making in the evaluation and treatment of neurologic disorder such as:

  • Cerebrovascular accident.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Traumatic brain injuries.
  • Progressive neuromuscular disorders.
  • Vestibular disorders.
  • Concussion.

Along with advanced coursework, you will attend:

  • PT Grand Rounds.
  • The APTA Combined Sections Meeting.
  • Advanced Vestibular Rehab Course sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Other relevant training for advancing skill in neurological physical therapy.

Typical weekly schedule for neuro PT residents

  • Clinical practice: M-Th 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Mentoring: approximately 4-hour time blocks per week.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy (DPT) Grand Rounds: F Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Didactic residency modules: Neuroconsortium modules on Wednesday evenings.
  • Teaching assistance (Pitt DPT neuromuscular program): Tuesday or Thursday mornings when appropriate.
  • Specialty practice observations: scheduled when appropriate.

Chris Venus, PT

Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Neurologic Residency Director

UPMC Mercy Pavilion
1622 Locust Street, Fourth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Core Faculty:

  • Darcy Bonaventura, PT, DPT
  • Claire Moldovan, PT, DPT
  • Allyson Spivey, PT, DPT
  • Hallie Zeleznik, PT, DPT
  • Regan Harrell, PT, DPT
  • Lindsay Lewis, PT, DPT
  • Terry Breisinger, PT, DPT
  • Joseph Everhart, PT, DPT
  • Anne Mucha, PT, DPT
  • Nathan Schomburg, PT
  • April Vojtash, PT, DPT

Neurologic Residency Program Outcomes

  • Number of Graduates (% Graduation Rate): 22 (96%)
  • NCS examination first time pass rate: 95%
  • NCS examination ultimate pass rate: 100%

Application Process, Dates, and Contacts

  • Deadline to apply: December 31
  • Interviews for qualified applicants: February
  • Start date: Early August
  • Tuition: $8,500

Download the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency financial fact sheet (PDF).

To learn more, contact Chris Venus, PT — Neuro PT Residency Program Director:

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