Ochsner Health is committed to our mission: We Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate, and Innovate.
To provide a high-level of physical therapy treatment to the community, Ochsner Health is pleased to host a post-graduate residency program to develop advanced practitioners in the field of neurologic physical therapy. The program will focus on presenting the most current, evidence-based curriculum possible, while providing mentorship by highly trained, board-certified therapist, and collaborating with some of the most well-respected physicians in our region.
The Ochsner Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency is developing according to standards set by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), making it one of the only neurologic physical therapy residency programs in the Gulf South region.
Admissions & Application
- Compensation and Benefits: Our neurologic residents are full-time, salaried employees with a benefit package. Our Program does not have any tuition.
- Eligibility: Candidates must be eligible for physical therapy licensure in the state of Louisiana by direct licensure or via compact licensure.
- Application: Next available cohort begins September 2022.
- Location: Greater New Orleans Area, Louisiana
- Program Length: 13 Months
- Mentorship: All residents will receive at least 150 hours of one-on-one mentorship with board certified clinicians and content experts.
Residency Program Mission
The mission of the program is to enhance and elevate neurologic physical therapy practice by providing comprehensive education to promote clinical excellence, collaboration and innovation and provide evidence-based neurologic physical therapy services to clients in the Gulf South Region.
Residency Program Goals
The Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program goals support our overall intent of graduating physical therapists that can be autonomous in the neurologic field. A list of our specific program goals are as follows:
- Goal One: To support the mission, vision, and values of Ochsner Health by elevating the practice of physical therapists serving the residents of the Gulf South Region.
- Goal Two: To provide the members of the communities of the Gulf South Region with residency-trained physical therapists who excel in neurologic practice, across all ages and levels of activity.
- Goal Three: To obtain and maintain APTA accreditation as a neurologic physical therapy residency program.
- Goal Four: To be nationally recognized as a leader in residency training in neurologic physical therapy.
- Goal Five: To graduate residents who contribute to the profession of physical therapy, and the larger healthcare community, through leadership, evidence-based practice, teaching, and service.
- Goal Six: To graduate residents who will pursue board-certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) upon graduation.
Didactic learning is offered primarily through weekly residency lectures and labs. A comprehensive curriculum covering all aspects of treatment of neurologic patients will be provided. Guided research activity is threaded throughout the program with the residents choosing a project based on their interests and available resources.
The program's comprehensive curriculum is developed from and addresses the most recent version of the Description of Residency Practice (DRP). All curriculum components complement each other to enhance the participant's learning. The organization of the program's curriculum ensures congruency between didactic and clinical components. The curriculum provides a structure for the designation of types, lengths and sequencing of learning experiences that ensures the achievement of the program's outcomes.
Patient Care Settings
- 4 weeks Neuro-ICU rotation
- 12 weeks In-Patient Rehab
- 4 out-patient rotations
A Week in the Life of an Ochsner Neurologic PT Resident
- Clinical Practice
- One-on-one Mentoring: 3 hours
- Patient Care: 28 hours
- Lecture and Labs: 5 hours
- Journal club: 30 minutes
- Physician Collaboration: Clinic shadowing and surgery observation
- Research: All residents will participate in the critical inquiry process with opportunities to develop research project designs that can be submitted for IRB approval.
Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Director
Mark Gutierrez, PT, DPT
Board Certified in Sports
Board Certified in Orthopedics
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy Physical Therapy
Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Coordinator
Megan Gautreau PT, DPT
Board Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy
National Board Certification Examination Passing Rates for First-Time Test Takers 2020 (Source)