Neurologic Residency Program Curriculum

Program Year

  • The Residency Program is approximately 12 months in length, beginning in mid-August and concluding the following year in mid-August.


  • The residency program consists of rotations to 3 different practice settings. The residency begins with a 9-week rotation in acute care, followed by a 24-week rotation in inpatient rehabilitation, and concludes with a 20-week rotation in outpatient rehabilitation. This is subject to change. Travel is minimal with all clinical sites located within a few miles of each other.

A Typical Week

  • Residents engage in approximately 36 hours of direct patient care each week with a focus on the evaluation, examination and treatment of individuals with neurologic diagnoses as outlined in the Neurologic Description of Residency Practice.Of these 36 hours, a minimum of four hours are formally mentored. During this time, residents will collaborate 1:1 with an expert clinician to facilitate professional growth, clinical decision-making and skill development. The remaining hours are split between didactic work, research, community service and teaching in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at the University of Evansville.

Didactic Work

  • The residency program has partnered with The Institute for Knowledge Translation (iKT) for the didactic portion of the curriculum. The format of delivery is a hybrid model with over 100 hours of asynchronous educational modules, weekly synchronous online group mentoring and occasional in-person weekend workshops in Indianapolis. The content is delivered by experts across the nation in the field of neurologic physical therapy with a differentiating focus on knowledge translation, measurement, leadership development, integration of research, statistics and clinical inquiry. The iKT shares our mission in fostering the development of an advanced clinician who will be prepared to lead as a “change agent” upon residency completion. Additionally, the resident will engage multiple times per year with resident peers in the acute care, sports and orthopedic residency programs associated with the University of Evansville.

Teaching Expectation

  • The resident will serve as a lab instructor/lecturer to Doctoral Physical Therapy students at the University of Evansville in the basic and advanced neurologic rehabilitation courses.

Community Service

  • The resident will serve as a mentor and weekly clinical supervisor to the pro bono student-led community-based exercise program “ACErcise”. This program targets survivors of neurologic events or individuals living with neurologic conditions in an effort to promote socialization, optimal health and overall wellness in a structured and supervised environment.

Research Opportunities

  • The resident is expected to complete clinical research, which is defined as a meaningful contribution to a current research study or knowledge translation project in addition to the completion of a case study or case series. Once the resident determines a specific and salient research direction, this project plan is formally submitted and approved by members of the residency faculty. The remainder of the residency year is spent fulfilling these responsibilities as clearly identified in the project plan.

Salary and Benefits

  • The resident position is salaried and competitive at 80% of an experience-matched non-resident physical therapist. We offer a comprehensive benefits package. A small stipend will be offered for the adjunct faculty position at the University of Evansville.

Sample Spring Schedule*

Patient care = 36 hours

Sample Weekly Schedule
Time Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
7:00 a.m. Patient Care
8:00 a.m. Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care Teaching
Patient Care
9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:45 p.m. Patient Care Mentored Patient Care Mentored Patient Care Didactic work and/or research Mentored Patient Care Didactic work and prep for iKT Monday night mentoring session
1:30 p.m.
2:15 p.m. Patient Care Patient Care Patient Care
3:00 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. ACErcise
6:00 p.m. iKT group mentoring Didactic work and/or research
7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.

* Subject to change to best meet resident and facility needs.
** Runs according to the University of Evansville calendar.