Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

The St. Jude Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency is a 12-month program that allows residents the unique opportunity to gain clinical experience and mentorship with a variety of patient diagnoses that provides the full spectrum of care from in-patient and outpatient to community participation. Just 30 minutes from the beach, St. Jude Medical Center is located in Fullerton, California with a 6000-square-foot outpatient facility in nearby Brea at the Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness (CRW) dedicated to the neurological patient population. The CRW is equipped with three indoor therapeutic pools, pediatric gym with rock climbing wall, wheelchair seating and positioning clinic, full spectrum gym, simulated apartment, wellness community fitness, cognitive recovery day program, driving simulator and full auditorium for professional conferences and lectures.

St. Jude Medical Center is home to Physical Therapy Specialists, Occupational Therapy Specialists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Physiatrists, Certified Rehabilitation Nurses, Neuro-psychologist, Pharmacists, Department of Rehab specialists and offers innovative programs to assist the Neurological population including adapted driver’s training, cognitive recovery day program, RTI bike program, Exo-skeleton gait training program, hand program, upper extremity recovery program, cancer rehab program, pelvic floor program, bowel and bladder program, pain management program, concussion program, vestibular program, aquatic program, physician clinics and variety of diagnosis-specific support groups. St. Jude Medical Center is dedicated to serving the community in mind, body and spirit. To learn more, read About St. Jude Medical Center.

Residency Mission and Goals

St Jude Medical Center extends the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sister of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of the life of people in the communities we serve. The mission of the program is to develop highly-skilled caregivers that practice and live by our core values of Dignity, Excellence, Compassion, Justice and Integrity. Program goals include:

  • Develop and encourage more ABPTS Neurological Certified Specialist
  • Preparation for more academic educators and researchers in the surrounding physical therapy programs.
  • Stimulate interest in participation in clinical research.
  • Cultivate ongoing evidence based practitioners

Application Information

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Maintain a valid California Physical Therapy License or have a PT licensure completed by Sep 30, 2019.
  2. Maintain a current American Heart Association CPR and First Aide certification.
  3. Completed at least 6 months of clinical practice in a neurologic setting in the last year or one clinical affiliation as a student in a neurologic setting (is a recent graduate)
  4. Comply with all St. Jude Medical Center employment requirements.

Completed applications will consist of the following:

  1. Cover letter with specific skill you possess that make you and ideal candidate for a residency program.
  2. Resume
  3. Three Letters of recommendations, two from clinical instructors or present/former physical therapy employer. Letters should be included with your application.

To apply for the St Jude Neurological Physical Therapy Residency, please submit a completed application electronically to: Sue Potts, PT, Program Director, Neurologic Residency Program, Sue.potts@stjoe.org, (714) 578-8706

St. Jude Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness: 2767 E. Imperial Highway, Brea, CA 92821

Important Dates:

May 1, 2019: Application due to CRW
May 15, 2019: Top candidates selected for in-person interview with Neuro-residency panel.
June 1, 2019: Contacted to confirm your availability for interview at CRW
June 2-20, 2019: Interviews held at CRW
June 20, 2019: Final Selection of the CRW resident
June 2019: Neuro Consortium Webinars
Aug. 2019: Neuro Consortium Module (4-day course in Santa Monica, CA)
Sept. 1,2019: California PT License and HR onboarding paperwork due
Oct. 1, 2019: Residency begins at CRW
Dec. 2019: Neuro Consortium Module (4-day course in Santa Monica, CA)
Jan. 2020: Chapman University Teaching assistant begins
Sept. 2020: Final project completed
Oct. 2020: Graduation from St. Jude Residency
March 2021: NCS Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are resident-directed activities?
The resident and mentor will establish activities within the first few months of residency tailored to learning needs and preferences. Activities could be case studies presentations, leading journal club, program development, and/ or research. Resident will have the opportunity to participate in specialty clinics; wheelchair seating and positioning, rehab medicine clinic, and orthotic clinic. The resident will be expected to complete two live patient exams, four case study presentations, two in-services, lead six journal club, complete a final project, pass final exam and Neuro Consortium final exam with 80 percent or better.

When does the program begin?
Resident will be expected to have all on-boarding paperwork completed by Oct. 1, 2019 and expected to start the clinical portion of the Residency on this day.

When does the Neuro Consortium begin?
Resident will participate in the webinar series with the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium (www.ptneuroconsortium.org) as part of their didactic requirement. Webinar modules take place in June and August, 2019. Objectives of the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium include preparing the participants for specialization in neurologic PT with a focus on clinical reasoning and evidence practice. Consortium includes 26 webinars and journal clubs in Los Angeles, California.

Are residents paid during the program?
Residents are compensated hourly for all clinical care hours (32 hours/ week). Resident will be compensated per hour for assisting with teaching at Chapman University Neurological and Geriatric patient Management Courses to begin in January 2020.

What is a typical schedule for a resident?
During a typical week, the resident works three days in clinical practice including four hours of mentor session. The remainder of the week is spent completing resident directed activities as determined by the resident and program faculty, participating in the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium, continuing education and assist with teaching at Chapman University DPT program (Irvine, California).

Where do the residents practice during the program?
St. Jude Medical Center Inpatient Rehab and Acute Rehab (Fullerton, California) and St Jude Medical Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness Outpatient Services (Brea, California)

What is required of applicants to apply to the program?

  • Provide 3 references 2 must be from past clinical instructors or employers
  • Applicants must have graduated from APTA accredited physical therapy education program
  • Valid license to practice in the State of California by August
  • Valid CPR
  • Cover letter

Are residents expected and qualified to take the NCS exam?
Residents are expected to take the NCS exam within 1-2 years of graduating from the residency program. St. Jude Medical Center is a developing program awaiting accreditation by the ABPTRFE and is designed to incorporate the concepts included in the description of specialty practice guidelines for neurologic PT. The Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium component of the program also emphasizes concepts addressed in the NCS exam. Graduation from an ABPTRFE accredited program automatically allows one to take the exam.

How much does the residency cost me?

  • Tuition: $1000.00 payable to St Jude Medical Center by October 1, 2019
  • Neuro Consortium: Approximately $ 2600 (Subject to change) for 26 Webinars, 6 Journal clubs and 2 four day modules
  • On-site Continue education courses 4 x $25.00-50.00
  • Outside practical continue education course: To be determined with Mentor and Resident
  • Equipment vendor courses: wheelchair, seating and positioning, orthotic prescription
  • Living expenses
  • Transportation expenses
  • License cost
  • APTA dues

Is an interview required for applicants? June 2019
Yes. A panel Interview will be held on site at the CRW. Select applicants will be invited to interview following review of all applications.

When will the candidate be selected? June 20, 2019
All candidates will be notified by July 1, 2019 by email on the results of the interview and selection. The candidate selected for St. Jude Medical Center Neurological Residency will be contacted by phone and email by July 1, 2019. Admission into the residency is subject to the sole discretion of the Residency Admission Committee and Residency Director.

Who are the program faculty and mentors?
Mentors are selected based on specialized field of practice and years of service in that particular area of practice. Each resident will have 4-10 mentors throughout their experience in order to have a broad experience in Neurological physical therapy.

What are my initial responsibilities upon accepting the Residency?

  • Send $ 1000.00 non-refundable registration tuition deposit to Residency Director by October 1, 2019
  • Sign the St Jude Medical Center Neurological Residency letter of Agreement
  • Complete all on-boarding paperwork and requirements If for any reason, at any time, the candidate is deemed by St Jude Medical Center to be ineligible for employment, participation in the residency will be automatically denied or terminated.
  • Accepts all terms of employment agreement.
  • Accept the residency financial agreement as to salary, benefits, tuition and additional costs (Neuro Consortium, additional Continue Education)
  • Neuro consortium payment of $2600
  • Arrange for housing