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  • Physical Therapy Neurologic Residency

    Barrow Physical Therapy Neurologic Residency is a 12-month program providing residents with a variety of clinical and didactic experiences across the Barrow rehabilitation services continuum. Our mission is to develop highly skilled physical therapists who utilize evidence-based practice and innovative technology to enhance the quality of care for patients with neurological deficits.

    Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is an internationally renowned medical center that offers care for people from throughout the world with brain and spine diseases, disorders, and injuries. Barrow performs more neurosurgical procedures annually than anywhere in the United States. U.S. News & World Report routinely lists Barrow as one of the best hospitals in the nation for neurological and neurosurgical care.

    Our rehabilitation continuum has received multiple accreditations supporting our core value to deliver excellence in the care of individuals with neurological conditions. The inpatient and outpatient neuro-rehabilitation settings have received CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation in the brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke specialties and for their comprehensive programs. Our outpatient brain injury vocational services and home and community services are also accredited through CARF.  St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has also received Joint Commission accreditation for our spinal cord injury, brain injury, and stroke programs.

    Residents will engage in all aspects of client management in a variety of clinical settings. They will be immersed in an interdisciplinary environment with mentoring clinicians who practice at the peak of excellence and embody the organization’s core values of dignity, collaboration, justice, stewardship, and excellence through clinical practice and research. The combination of receiving mentored clinical experience, working within a dynamic interdisciplinary team, and learning on-site will ensure the development of autonomous, advanced clinicians of neurological physical therapy, optimized patient outcomes and experiences for neurological patients, and readiness for the Neurologic Board Certification Exam.

    Program Features

    • All clinical experiences and direct patient care hours occur on the Barrow Neurological Institute campus
    • Clinical settings include:
      • Acute care at Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
      • Barrow Neuro-Rehabilitation Center (IRF)
      • Barrow Outpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Center
      • Observation hours in the Barrow Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, SCI Wellness Clinic, Gregory W. Fulton ALS and Neuromuscular Disease Center, Multiple Sclerosis Program, and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Program
    • 150 hours of 1:1 clinical mentoring
    • Faculty include therapists with ABPTS certification in neurology as well as over 50 staff members who have in-depth experience with neurologic patient care
    • Didactic portion of the program is provided by the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium as well as on-site Barrow Rehab Grand Rounds and Barrow symposiums

    Program Benefits

    • Salary and benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance as well as paid time off
    • Variety of unique clinical and didactic learning experiences
    • Opportunities to participate in quality improvement projects and clinical education
    • Clinical care includes use of advanced technology and robotics
    • Access to the hospital library with librarian performed literature searches, full text articles, journals, books, and databases

    Goals and Prerequisites

    • To provide the resident with high-level, comprehensive clinical experiences and mentorship
    • To prepare residents to become physical therapists who provide dignified care that is evidence based to patients with neurological conditions
    • Obtain ABPTRFE accreditation
    • Achieve exceptional outcomes
    • The program is sustainable

    Prerequisites: Applicants must be a graduate from an accredited physical therapy program and have a valid unrestricted Arizona physical therapist license. Clinical experience with neurologic patients is preferred.

    How to Apply

    To submit an application, please email the program director, Risa Maruyama, at [email protected].

    Application deadline: March 31st, 2021

    For more information, please contact:

    Risa Maruyama, PT, MPT
    Director, Neurologic Residency Program
    Barrow Neurological Institute and St Joseph’s Hospital
    [email protected] or (602) 406-3720

    Barrow Physical Therapy Neurologic Residency Program is currently seeking candidacy and accreditation from the ABPTRFE as a Neurologic Residency Program.
    Anticipated candidacy notification: June 2020
    Anticipated accreditation notification: October 2021

    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.