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Acute Care Residency Program | VA Tampa Health Care

The didactic curriculum of the program is primarily based on ABPTRFE1 approved analysis of acute care physiotherapist practice and incorporates didactic learning activities from MedBridge, journal clubs, APTA learning center, lunches and courses, case studies and assigned webinars.

Clinical mentorship will take place weekly with faculty in each of the clinical practice settings, including but not limited to general medicine, orthopedics and surgery, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, neurology/neuroscience and oncology. It is estimated that approximately 30-32 hours per week will be spent in clinical practice, with the remaining hours available for educational experiences such as journal clubs, scholarly activities, teaching opportunities, interprofessional experiences, observation in specialized clinics and teaching doctoral students in physiotherapy.

The resident will also be encouraged to attend major internal medicine rounds/conferences to champion learning, professional development, and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Varied and dependent on the clinical context. Formal clinical mentorship will be conducted weekly with direct resident supervision, assistance and feedback to enhance clinical practice for an average of 3 hours per week.

Scholarly activity

A scholarly activity in the form of contribution to the evidence of physiotherapy will be carried out by each resident. Examples include, but are not limited to, case studies, case series, literature reviews, or program development strategies. The scientific activity will consist of a written paper and poster presentation at an annual official hospital-wide Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research Day. Publication or submission opportunities for conference poster presentations will be given as needed/desired by individual residents.

Book clubs

Each resident will be responsible for participating in monthly book clubs. These department-wide meetings are opportunities for residents to explore current evidence and develop case-based presentations. These will be presented to the defective resident, mentors and staff for the development of critical appraisal of case-based literature and public speaking skills.

Lunch and Learning

Each resident will be responsible for participating in and hosting monthly luncheons. These meetings are conducted in conjunction with assigned online learning in MedBridge, webinars, and case studies to facilitate discussion for the examination, evaluation, differential diagnosis, and treatment of various specific neurological topics.

1 Gorman, SL, Hakim, EW, Johnson, W, Bose, S, Harris, KS, Crist, MH, Holtgrefe, K, Ryan, JM, Simpson, MS and Coe, JB. (2010). The National Acute Care Physiotherapist Practice Analysis identifies the knowledge, skills and behaviors that reflect acute care practice. physical therapy90(10), 1453–1467