American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Residency Program, Pediatrics

Goals

  • Provide evidence-based practice(s) in all areas of pediatric physical therapy.
  • Provide exposure to research and contribute to the body of knowledge in pediatric physical therapy by participating in clinical research.
  • Provide setting to complete physical therapy advanced competencies.
  • Provide education regarding community resources and other nonmedical therapy settings, including school-based and early intervention environments.
  • Provide exposure and learning opportunities to teach all points of the pediatric description of specialty practice (DSP).
  • Meet the needs of the community by developing advanced practitioners of pediatric physical therapy.
  • Become competent instructors and mentors in the field of pediatric physical therapy.

Curriculum

Children’s residency is a clinically focused program with the following rotations in clinical environments within Children’s:

  • Acute care at Children’s at Egleston and Children’s at Scottish Rite hospitals
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation and Day Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • School-based and early intervention experiences
  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Administrative and Research

The resident rotates through each of these settings for various amounts of time.

General information

Didactic time and related university lectures and presentations are embedded throughout the program.

The Children’s Pediatric Residency Program received its accreditation in May 2010. The 12-month residency begins in August of each year with reviews of applications and interviews starting in February. The position is a contractual agreement between Children’s and the resident. 

Application

One year of pediatric physical therapy experience is preferred. Interested physical therapists and rising physical therapy graduates having clinical pediatric internships are encouraged to contact Colleen Coulter or Andrea Byrne for more information about Children’s and application to Residency Program. Eligibility for Georgia Physical Therapy licensure is required.

Contact

Colleen Coulter P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D., P.C.S.
Clinical Coordinator, Children’s APTA Residency Program
404-785-5684
colleen.coulter@choa.org

Andrea Byrne
Recruiter
andrea.byrne@choa.org