Physical Therapy | Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

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The Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is an American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education accredited program housed in the Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Services at Boston Children's Hospital.

Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States and a major teaching facility of Harvard Medical School. BCH is a comprehensive medical center for pediatric and adolescent health care, dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. As a resident you will have access to all department resources which include highly qualified and experienced clinicians and faculty, extensive didactic experiences, teaching and research opportunities.

Mission

The mission of Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide licensed physical therapists who have a strong interest in pediatrics, an opportunity for an advanced, intensive clinical and didactic training in order for them to become clinicians, researchers and educators of choice with a pediatric specialization.

Program goals:

  1. Graduate physical therapists from the residency that are prepared to pursue ABPTS certification in pediatric physical therapy.
  2. Provide opportunities to critically review evidence based literature and to contribute to this body of knowledge.
  3. Provide opportunities to engage in different models of service delivery in pediatric physical therapy.
  4. Prepare the resident to contribute to the profession through teaching. 
  5. Consistently support the professional development and personal growth of the resident at all sites. 

Admission criteria

  • Graduate of accredited physical therapy program
  • One year experience a physical therapist with the equivalent of at least 6 months in pediatrics or an extended clinical pediatric internship 6 months.
  • Meets all the requirements for employment at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in Massachusetts
  • Current CPR certification 

Admissions process

Submit completed RF-PTCAS application by deadline (https://portal.rfptcas.org/)
On-site interview required for final candidates

Highlights of the program include:

  • Physical Therapy faculty includes 10 pediatric certified specialists, 1 orthopedic certified specialist, 1 neurologic certified specialist.
  • Shared faculty with Boston Children's Hospital Occupational Therapy Residency Program, including 2 Board Certified Pediatric Specialists.
  • Full time benefitted employee of Boston Children's Hospital.
  • Participate in Boston Children's Hospital Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (LEND) as a fellow,
  • Combined experiences with Boston Children's Hospital Occupational Therapy Resident.
  • Shared didactic experiences with Harvard Medical School Residency Programs (Orthopedic, Neurology, Pain, Medicine)
  • Teaching assistant as part of the department’s educational opportunities at area PT program.
  • Chronic Pediatric Pain Module at the Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Pain Center at our Waltham campus
  • Opportunity to participate in an adaptive dance program.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary clinics.
  • Participate in research.

Application deadline: January 2, 2017
Residency dates: June 26 2017 - May 25, 2018

Inquiries should be directed to:
Christine Ploski, PT, MS, PCS, MAc, LicAc
Physical Therapy Department
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-355-7212
Fax: 617-730-0151
Email: chris.ploski@childrens.harvard.edu

What are our RESIDENTS saying?

“I decided to apply for the residency because I was comfortable in the setting I was in and treating the patient population that I was familiar with, but I wanted to go outside of my comfort zone and become a better, more well-rounded therapist. During the residency, I was able to work with our most experienced therapists in clinics and with patient populations that they are particularly knowledgeable and passionate about. I now feel comfortable treating any patient population in any setting. The residency also gave me the opportunity to participate in research and teach at the college level, which I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to do. Finally, the residency gave me the opportunity to work in so many different settings and I would not have otherwise found my passion for the NICU and pursued a Neonatology Fellowship."


“What I treasure most from my experience as a resident is the weekly time spent with direct mentorship from seasoned clinicians.  I gained invaluable constructive criticism and feedback on my practice in each setting, discussed my challenges with varied patient populations, and received insight into best practice from clinicians who have achieved proficiency in clinical decision making and application of evidence based treatment techniques.  All of the above has drastically improved my confidence to approach diverse populations and situations with an expanded set of resources and skills.  Despite previous experience in varied settings, the breadth of the residency curriculum offers opportunity to understand how to approach each child’s unique needs with a lifetime perspective.  It is the cumulative benefits of all the above that advances one’s pediatric practice, and global professional growth.”


“The residency experience was an excellent opportunity to learn all of the areas where pediatric physical therapy has a role in patient care.  Boston Children's Hospital is an excellent learning environment with the variety of clinics and services provided.  As the resident, I was most excited to learn from all of the veteran clinicians within our department within the specialty areas they practice.  The mentorship throughout the residency allowed me to further develop my clinical skills and critical thinking for care decision making.  It was most helpful to have the mentorship due to the breadth of diagnoses and practice areas with which a pediatric physical therapist treats.   The residency expedited the development of my clinical skills towards proficiency to allow me to participate in the advanced practices that I do today including research, teaching and supervision.”  


“Having the opportunity to work with knowledgeable mentors across all settings in the PT department was a very valuable experience. The residency program exposed me to types of care I may not have had the chance to experience otherwise, not only with the variety of populations, but interdisciplinary clinics, lectures presented by other departments in the hospital and professional conferences. I feel the residency experience was helpful in guiding me to my personal area of interest in physical therapy, an area I did not realize I had such passion for at the start.​”


“Participating in the residency program at Boston Children's Hospital has provided me the unique experience in receiving mentorship in a variety of clinical settings. Through the residency I have been able to enhance my clinical skills, and participate in research and teaching that I would not have experienced as a staff physical therapist. This experience has provided me with a foundation so that I will be able to treat a variety of patients in all clinical settings throughout my career. Also, the residency has provided me with the knowledge base to assist in preparing me to take my PCS exam.”


We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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