VA Boston 

Healthcare System

Physical Therapy Residency Program in Neurology


Experiences at the Brockton, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury campuses

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VA Boston Healthcare System Physical Therapy Residency Program in Neurology is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a postprofessional residency program for physical therapists in Neurology. 

Core Required Experiences

  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (Acute Rehab, Long Term Care, Outpatient)

  • SCI/ALS Wheelchair and Seating Clinics

  • Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

  • Inpatient Acute Care/Post Neuro Surgery

  • FIM/Outpatient  PT in Neurology

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Clinic

  • Pediatrics-Off site at Perkins School for the Blind 

Updated: 02/2019

 Elective Experiences

  • Winter and Summer Adaptive Sports Clinics

  • Aquatics

  • Home safety evaluations/community outings

  • Home Based Primary Care/SCI Homecare

  • Specialty Pediatric Clinics

 Additional Activities

  • Clinical supervision of Physical Therapy students

  • Interdisciplinary team meetings

  • Collaboration with support staff/PTA

  • Group discussion leader of student journal club

  • On site mentored didactic and clinical learning

  • Membership to Neurologic PT Professional Education Consortium Webinars and Journal Club

  • Spinal Cord Injury Grand Rounds

  • Participation in specialty clinics

  • Cumulative practical and written examinations

  • Staff Inservice presentations

VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) 

exists to serve veterans through the delivery of timely, quality care by staff who demonstrate outstanding customer service, the advancement of health care through research, and the education of tomorrow's health care providers.


The VA Boston Healthcare System Physical Therapy Residency Program in Neurology provides the opportunity to residents  to experience the true continuum of care across the lifespan. The resident will participate in collaboration  with patients and mentors at all  3 campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare  System in both the inpatient and outpatient environments as well as  the  Perkins School for the Blind in nearby Watertown, MA. 


Residents will have exposure to  a   wide variety of patients with neurologic diagnoses, including: SCI/D, MS, ALS, Polytrauma, PD, TBI and Stroke, NeurogeriatricDisorders, Vestibular Disorders, Peripheral Neuropathies, status post Neurosurgical Cases and Pediatric Congenital and Acquired Neurologic Conditions.

Residents  will receive mentorship in patient evaluation and treatment sessions under the supervision of advanced practitioners with extensive professional and clinical  knowledge, including ABPTS Clinical Specialists in Neurology, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification by Emory College, and RESNA certified Advanced Technology Practitioners.


A key component of the VA BHS Physical Therapy Residency  Program  in Neurology is participation in  relevant didactic learning including: Grand Rounds,  neurology based in-services, student journal club, Neurologic Professional PT Professional Education Consortium webinars and journal  club, lunch and learn sessions with Tampa VA , one on one meetings with mentors or clinical faculty, and participation in  biannual Adaptive Sports Clinics. 


Residents will be eligible for the same full time employee benefits as VA Boston Healthcare PM&RS staff,  including sick and annual leave as well as malpractice insurance coverage.

Required Application Materials to be submitted via RF-PTCAS to Residency Director:

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Three professional recommendation letters

  • Responses to required questions


Interview Process:

  • Applicants may be required to participate in a telephone pre-interview.

  • If selected, candidates will be interviewed on site by mentors and Residency Director.

  • The applicants will be independently rated using standardized criteria  and selection will be made via a committee consisting of the Program Director and selected mentors or clinical faculty.

Qualifications for Application:

  • Citizen of the United States

  • Doctor of physical therapy degree or educational equivalent

  • Licensed physical therapist or eligible for licensure in any US state before April 1, 2018.

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