Residencies & Fellowships
Residency or Fellowship, What's the Difference?
From the APTA's website:
- Residency Education is a planned program of postprofessional clinical and didactic education that is designed to advance significantly the physical therapist's preparation as a provider of patient care services in a defined area of clinical practice.
- Fellowship Education is a postprofessional, funded, and planned learning experience in a focused area of physical therapist clinical practice, education, or research (not infrequently post-doctoral, post-residency prepared, or board-certified physical therapists).
Have more questions? Please review the APTA's FAQ page.
How the Acute Care Section Can Help?
The Acute Care Section Board of Director's has deemed educating and supporting the growth of residency and fellowship programs in acute care physical therapy as one of their Strategic Goals. In an effort to meet this goal, we are happy to provide you with the following information:
- The didactic portion of residency and fellowship education programs is designed around an analysis of practice. The Subject Matter Expert Task Force of the Acute Care Section conducted the first nationwide practice analysis specific to acute care physical therapy. The resulting Acute Care Physical Therapy Practice Analysis has been scheduled to be featured in the October 2010 issue of Physical Therapy (and available ahead of print immediately).
- Questions about development of a residency/fellowship outside of a currently recognized ABPTS specialty area include how to develop curricula and how to ensure faculty have evidence of advanced practice in lieu of an ABPTS certified specialist on faculty. Please see responses to these questions/concerns developed by the Acute Care Section in conjunction with APTA's Residency and Fellowship department.
- The Acute Care Section and SME Task Force are working with the Credentialing Board to 'verify' our practice analysis, and anticipate the Credentialing Board to discuss 'verification' of our practice analysis at their Aug 22-24, 2010 meeting. We will keep Section members updated on 'verification' by the Credentialing Board on this page, in our FAQs, and via Critical EdgEmail in September.
- Stay tuned for updates from the new Acute Care Section Task Force on Residencies and Fellowships. This group will be coordinating information, developing a grant program, and serving as a liaison between members, the Acute Care Section, and APTA on all things related to residency and fellowship education.
The APTA periodically runs courses specific to designing and implementing a residency/fellowship program for facilities and/or developing programs. Taught by instructors and directors of current residency/fellowship programs, these courses may be valuable during both the planning and credentialing processes.
- Check conference schedules for these courses specifically.
We also believe in supporting developing acute care residency and fellowship programs as they apply for credentialing through APTA. We are currently investigating the possibility of a grant for developing residency/fellowship programs in acute care to fund the cost of the credentialing application process. Please stay tuned for announcements concerning financial support that may become available from the Acute Care Section.
APTA Residency & Fellowship Information
Please visit APTA's Residency and Fellowship web page for a complete listing of resources, applications, and details for both those interested in finding and applying to a residency or fellowship program or facilities interested in developing a residency or fellowship program.