The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy in the Division of Rehabilitative Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have created a new Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program that will combine the academic resources of the No. 1 physical therapy program in the nation with the physical therapy clinical expertise at a leading children’s hospital. The program is set to begin in September.
“This is an important and timely collaboration between the division and CHLA,” said Linda Fetters, professor and holder of the Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health and Development at USC. “We will be only one of two pediatric physical therapy residency programs on the West Coast and we fill a very important educational need in the physical therapy profession.”
The mission of the one-year residency program is to train leaders and advanced practitioners with a coordinated, culturally competent, family-centered orientation who will provide and ensure high-quality, evidence-based, cost-effective, community-based integrated services in their communities.
“The merged expertise of the academic and clinical communities at USC provides unique opportunities for our residents to become leaders in community-integrated clinical care and to expand the body of clinical and scholarly knowledge in the profession,” said Fetters, who will serve as director of the program.
Leadership and family-centered care will be fostered through residency participation in CHLA’s California Interdisciplinary Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Training Program, which educates health professionals to shape effective health policies, programs, and outcomes for children and youth with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder.
Applications are now being accepted for the program. Applicants must have a minimum of one year of clinical experience in pediatric physical therapy, a California State license to practice physical therapy, and a degree from an American Physical Therapy Association-accredited physical therapy program.
The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is the fourth clinical residency program to be established at the division. It follows the orthopaedic, neurologic — a partnership with Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center — and sports residency programs.