OHSU

LEND Physical Therapy Residency

The Program:

For physical therapists who aspire to become leaders in the specialty of pediatrics we offer a full-time one year residency at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) at the OHSU Institute on Development & Disability. 

The Physical Therapy (PT) Residency functions within the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. The LEND program promotes leadership, research skills, and clinical expertise in graduate level health care professionals who intend to devote their careers to working with children, youth and adults with a variety of health conditions including developmental disabilities. This residency program is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association.

This is a mentored clinical residency anchored in the CDRC population-based collaborative interprofessional outpatient clinics. The clinics address issues related to children, youth and adults presenting with health conditions such as  as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, hemophilia, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome, neonatal high-risk (follow-up), learning and attention difficulties, craniofacial disorders, and genetic and metabolic disorders. The resident will also have mentored clinical training in the acute care in-patient setting at Doernbecher Children's Hospital (DCH) and at one or several Early Intervention and Special Education settings within the Portland metropolitan area.

Additional mentored opportunities complement the LEND portion of this residency.  

The resident will participate in mentored clinical research, either by collaborating on an existing research project or by designing a protocol and testing their own research question.  Mentored experience with Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission is an integral part of the residency.  

The resident will engage in management and advocacy projects related to the lives of children, youth and adults with a variety of health conditions.  

The resident will have a mentored academic experience as an assistant instructor for the pediatric content to second year physical therapy students enrolled in the School of Physical Therapy at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon.

With Mentored Clinical Experience as the primary focus, the PT Resident will:

  • Develop skills in examination, evaluation and intervention for children, youth and adults presenting with various health conditions in a variety of settings   
  • Enhance knowledge in all phases and domains of normal child development including physical, communication, behavioral, self care and cognitive.  
  • Develop awareness of the function of the 12 other disciplines in the LEND Program and their roles in the inter-professional process   
  • Enhance appreciation of the impact of neurodevelopmental disabilities across the life span
  • Develop expertise in addressing pediatric health care episodes such as hospitalization, trauma, and acute illness  
  • Practice with knowledge of the importance of family, culture, and the community by addressing attitudes, economic factors, access to services, cultural awareness and legislation  
  • Develop skills in interviewing and collaborating with families for best management of health issues related to children, youth, young adults and adults with various health conditions.

The Program Includes:

  • A weekly interdisciplinary leadership forum featuring guest speakers, with discussion of topics related to the field of pediatrics
  • Research development and research mentoring
  • Community placement opportunities for the PT Resident to participate in a leadership role at the local level in activities related to children and adults who have developmental disorders
  • Mentored opportunities to develop clinical supervisory skills
  • Frequent in-service, Pediatric Grand Rounds, journal club, and "Brown Bag" presentations from faculty, staff, and guests on topics related to the health concerns of children
  • Opportunities to participate in conferences and continuing education related to pediatric physical therapy

Residency Year

  • Begins and ends in late August or early September

Qualifications

  • Be a graduate of an APTA accredited physical therapy program
  • Be eligible for physical therapy licensure in Oregon.  Licensure is necessary for participation in the residency program

CDRC LEND Physical Therapy Residency Resources

  • To Apply, Please Submit
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy Clinical Residency application form. Contact to receive this form
  • A formal letter of intent.  Within two pages, outline your background and areas of interest, state your goals for the Residency, and describe your vision of how the Residency experience will enhance your career
  • A curriculum vitae including: educational background; work and clinical education experiences; professional memberships and involvement; and, volunteer, research, and leadership experiences
  • Letters of reference from three individuals who can comment on your candidacy for the Residency.  Provide contact information for these individuals
  • Official academic transcripts from your physical therapy program

Selected applicants will participate in an interview on the OHSU campus as part of the application

A resident salary with OHSU benefit package is available for the residency.

Applications are accepted through February 1st for the current year, with the residency beginning in late August or early September.

Letter and inquiries should be addressed to:

PT, PCS
LEND Training Coordinator, Physical Therapy
Credentialed Clinical Instructor
OHSU Institute on Development & Disability
707 SW Gaines Street
Portland OR 97239
Phone: 503 494-2718
Fax: 503 494-6868