Is Residency Training for Me?
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You're getting ready to graduate and are asking yourself what now. Or you have been practicing for a few years and wondering how you can improve your practice. One of the paths available is to complete a postprofessional residency program. Evidence-based practice and training in the scientific principles underlying practice applications are at the core of residency training, which is offered thorough didactic, clinical, and mentored experiences.
All accredited residency programs meet the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) minimum standards. However, programs vary by type of sponsor, financial structure, and program-specific mission, goals, and objectives. Having unique programs is great because it allows programs to maximize their resources and achieve specific outcomes. The downside is that the prospective participant is often left wondering if they should pursue residency training, when to pursue it, and which programs to apply to.
New evidence has emerged that provides potential residency applicants with data to assist them in making decisions about postprofessional training, including specific residency program characteristics that significantly impact the odds of graduating, becoming board certified, and passing the specialty board certification examination.
And new research has revealed that employers rate residency-trained therapists higher than experienced-matched colleagues in several important domains including leadership, communication, clinical aptitude, scholarship/evidence-based practice, and teaching. During my talk at National Student Conclave (NSC) 2019, the new evidence will be summarized and discussed.
Additional information will be provided about the overall purpose of residency education and how it fits within contemporary models of education, training, and practice. Practical information about the residency application process and timelines for new graduates or early professionals will be discussed. The purpose of this session is to inform potential residency applicants about evidence related to postprofessional education and career development that will assist them in making informed decisions about their futures.
To hear more about why and how to choose a residency program join us October 31 - November 2, 2019 at APTA's National Student Conclave — the only conference for students, by students. For the best rates register by September 25, 2019.
Kendra Harrington, PT, DPT, is director of residency/fellowship accreditation at the American Physical Therapy Association.