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Residency Program in Pediatric Physical Therapy

The residency program in pediatric physical therapy is a cooperative effort between the University of Mississippi Medical Center, UMMC School of Health Related Professions, Children's of Mississippi, A Focused Brain, Hinds County School District, Rehabilitation Consultants, and St. Dominic Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. The residency program is 12 months in duration, beginning in August.

The residency program was awarded full accreditation by the American Physical Therapy Association, American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) in May 2019. The program prepares the resident to take the Pediatric Clinical Specialty examination (PCS) offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Information concerning specialty examination may be found here.

Program outcomes

The residency program in pediatric physical therapy demonstrates:

  • 100% graduation rate (total of two residents)
  • The 2019 graduate and the 2020 graduate are scheduled to sit for the PCS exam in March 2021.¬†

Resident experience

The pediatric resident's experience includes:

The resident is a full-time employee of UMMC and receives a competitive salary with a full benefits package. There are no tuition costs required of the resident. The pediatric physical therapy resident's experiences include:

  • Clinical experiences in:
    • Inpatient acute care, Level 1 teaching hospital with a focus on treatment of children in acute care, NICU, inpatient rehabilitation and specialty clinic settings
    • Outpatient hospital and community-based settings with a focus on examination and treatment of pediatric patients with developmental disabilities
    • Early Intervention services for children from birth to 3 years old
    • School-based physical therapy
    • Specialty areas of community practice including equine-assisted therapy and aquatic therapy
  • Participating in:
    • Interdisciplinary patient care
    • Educational offerings and learning experiences through UMMC and its departments
    • Collaborative practice with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, nurses and other members of the health care team
    • Individualized didactic instruction
    • Laboratory teaching assistance in an accredited entry-level physical therapist education program in a course/courses focusing on the examination and treatment of pediatric patients/clients
    • Community service activities
    • Presentations to students and professional staff

For more information

For questions regarding this residency program, contact:

  • Janet Slaughter, PT, DPT
    Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
    Director, Residency Program in Pediatric Physical Therapy
    Associate Professor
  • Physical Therapy
    School of Health Related Professions
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216
    (601) 984-6372

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