The Physical Therapy Department supports two post-professional Physical Therapist Residency programs (Neurologic and Orthopedic); including continuing professional education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, internships for students in entry-level PT and PTA programs, and tours and customized training for visiting international physical therapists. Educational materials related to observational gait analysis are available for purchase through our partner organization, Rancho Research Institute, at http://ranchoresearch.org/education/materials/
Post-graduate Clinical Residencies
Rancho is committed to fostering professional development within our profession. We offer post-professional opportunities through our Clinical Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy and by serving as a clinical site for the University of Southern California Clinical Residency Program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Both Residency Programs are credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Residency experiences provide opportunities for ongoing mentoring and didactic coursework designed to provide a theoretical basis for advanced practice. The primary purpose is to provide vision and leadership in neurologic and orthopedic physical therapy practice.
Clinical Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy
The University of Southern California/Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (USC/RLANRC) Clinical Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy combines the academic resources of a premier physical therapy education and research institution with the storied history and clinical and research expertise of one of the nation's leading rehabilitation centers. Our joint purpose is to provide vision and leadership in neurologic physical therapy practice.
The mission of the USC/RLANRC Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy is to prepare movement dysfunction specialists in neurologic physical therapy who exhibit professionalism through:
- Evidence-based practice
- Patient-centered practice
- Commitment to scholarship and advancement of the field of Neurologic Physical Therapy.
Movement dysfunction specialists in neurologic physical therapy will possess a foundation for practice in the theoretical underpinnings of neurologic PT practice, including neuroscience, motor control and learning, and motivation and behavior change, and build upon that through evidence-based practice. Program graduates will demonstrate knowledge and skill in physical therapy differential diagnosis, prognostic and etiologic insights, and an orientation toward outcomes assessment that lead to efficient and effective physical therapy interventions and optimal patient outcomes, including enhanced quality of life and mitigation of disability.
Residency graduates will demonstrate skill in the assessment and treatment of adults with neurologic dysfunction at any level along the neuraxis (peripheral nerve to cortex) with a stable or degenerative condition between the acute or chronic stages of the disease process.
Residency program goals will be achieved through a combination of formal and informal educational methods and roles:
Direct care provision as well as mentored clinical practice on the inpatient and outpatient services of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center or USC Physical Therapy Associates/Keck Hospital of USC. Clinical mentors include USC neurologic PT faculty as well as Rancho Neurologic Clinical Specialists.
Mentoring by USC physician neurologists via care provision in specialty clinics of the Department of Neurology at USC.
Participation as teaching assistants in courses addressing neurologic content and skills in USC's entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Enrollment in coursework via the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium: http://ptneuroconsortium.org/
Preparation of a case report or scholarly paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
The Residency begins in early August and runs for a period of one year.
Graduates of APTA-accredited entry-level programs in Physical Therapy may apply for the program. Residents must be eligible for and obtain licensure as a Physical Therapist in the State of California at or near the beginning of their residency program. Recent graduates as well as experienced clinicians are encouraged to apply.
Application and Further Information
The University of Southern California and Rancho Clinical Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy combines the academic resources and superior physical therapy education and research capacities of USC with the clinical expertise and prominence of Rancho as a leading national rehabilitation center. For more information, visit USC's neurologic residency site.
Beth Fisher, PT, Ph.D.
Telephone: (323) 442-2796
Telephone: (562) 385-7061
Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Rancho offers a newly established clinical site option for the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at USC. The USC Orthopedic PT resident at Rancho gains the unique experience in orthopedic PT management of neurologically involved patients. For more information, visit USC's orthopedic residency site.
Contact Program Director:
Michael O’Donnell, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Jason Cozby, DPT, OCS
Graduates of APTA-accredited program in physical therapy may apply to the programs. Residents must be eligible for and obtain licensure as a physical therapist in the State of California.
Graduate Medical and Professional Physical Therapists
The Physical Therapy Department supports two post-professional Physical Therapist Residency programs in Neurologic and Orthopedic physical therapy, continuing professional education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistant professionals, internships for students in entry-level PT and PTA programs, and tours and customized training for visiting international physical therapists. Educational materials related to observational gait analysis are available for purchase through our partner organization (Rancho Research Institute, http://ranchoresearch.org/).
Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy (post-professional)
The University of Southern California/Rancho Clinical Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy combines the academic resources and superior physical therapy education and research capacities of USC with the clinical expertise and prominence of Rancho as a leading national rehabilitation center. For more information, please click here or visit USC's neurologic residency site.
Contact Program Director: Beth Fisher, PhD, (323) 442-2796 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Rancho) Shenette Davis at email@example.com
Residency Program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (post-professional)
Rancho offers a newly established clinical site option for the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at USC. The USC Orthopedic PT resident at Rancho gains the unique experience in orthopedic PT management of neurologically involved patients. For more information, visit USC's orthopedic residency site. For more information, please click here or visit USC's orthopedic residency site.
Contact Program Director: Michael O’Donnell, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Rancho) Jason Cozby, DPT, OCS at email@example.com
Residents must be graduates of APTA-accredited programs in physical therapy to enroll in residency programs. Residents must be eligible for and obtain licensure as a physical therapist in the State of California.
Clinical Education (for students already enrolled in accredited PT or PTA programs)
Rancho Los Amigos accepts approximately 35 physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students each year for clinical education internships. Students may achieve internships through several routes, including: selection by their academic program if their program is a regularly affiliating institution with Rancho/Los Angeles County or selection on the basis of their personal accomplishments relevant to the Leadership for Effective Intercultural Competence Program (LEIP), with a one-time inter-institutional agreement between Rancho/County of Los Angeles and their academic program. Specialty research internships may also be available to students. Please (click here) for more information about our clinical education program.
“Rancho has a very strong clinical education program. Instructors are all extremely dedicated to student learning and non-instructors are also eager to provide insight. The site provides students with diversity, challenge, professionalism, and skills to encourage excellence in our services to patients.
“Unanimous, throughout all staff, I witnessed sensitive and appropriate interactions between staff and patients all the time. Difficult patients were treated with the same respect and those attitudes were promoted among all staff to students.
[Recent PT student interns]
Restoring health, rebuilding life, and revitalizing hope for persons with life changing illness, injury or disability.
Student interns at Rancho Los Amigos have a unique opportunity to develop skills in critical analysis, professional leadership, and intercultural practice, while serving the needs of a socioeconomically diverse clientele. Student placements at our Los Angeles County hospital are offered in acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and medical-surgical services for adult and pediatric patients with various neurological, musculoskeletal, and medical diagnoses. A high premium is placed on students’ early and responsible independence, resourcefulness, and initiative in clinical and professional activities. We generally accept students only on their final or near-final clinical experiences.
For interested students, there are two primary ways to achieve a clinical education placement at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center: (a) students utilize previously established regular affiliation arrangements between their academic institution and Rancho Los Amigos (County of Los Angeles) and are selected by their PT/PTA program to fill one of those program-allotted slots or (b) students, with the assistance of their academic program, apply through the Leadership for Intercultural Competence (LEIP) program and are awarded a personal slot after Rancho and their academic programs execute a one-time affiliation agreement.
Leadership for Intercultural Competence (LEIP) Program
If you are a capable PT or PTA student with long-standing evidence of commitment, skills, and leadership for intercultural practice/competence, the Leadership for Intercultural Competence (LEIP) Program at Rancho may be for you. We award several slots for these exceptional individuals over and above those we allot annually to strong academic programs. Once selected, the opportunities and expectations for students in the LEIP program are identical to those of other student affiliates. Program participation by students from majority as well as minority cultural groups is welcome. Culture is broadly defined, encompassing various sociocultural dimensions and includes, but is not limited to, age, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, language, life experience, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background.
Application for regular or LEIP slots are available only in the Spring of each year (usually we have an early April filing deadline) for internships in the following calendar year. For further information, please contact your school’s DCE or Rancho’s Clinical Education Administrative Assistant, Dearlise Sowell, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 385-7065.
Ortho Diabetic Amputation Program
Residents rotate from the Department of Orthopedics, USC Keck School of Medicine
Resident level PGY I, rotation period 5 weeks at Rancho
Contact the Department of Orthopedics, USC Keck School of Medicine
Surgical Arthritis Program
Residents rotate at Rancho from the Department of Orthopedics, USC Keck School of Medicine
Resident level PGY 4 or PGY 5, rotation period 5 weeks
Contact the Department of Orthopedics, USC Keck School of Medicine
Specialized program to deal with complicated urological problems in spinal cord injury patients. Residents rotate from the Department of Urology, USC Keck School of Medicine
Resident Level PGY 3, rotation period 4 months
Postgraduate fellowship level offered at Rancho
Contact Dr. David Ginsberg
Pressure Ulcer Management Program
The Rancho plastic reconstructive program focuses on all types of pressure ulcers, hip infection, and heterotopic ossification in spinal cord injury patients and other disabled patients. Residents rotate to Rancho from the Division of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at USC Keck School of Medicine, and Division of Plastic Surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
Rotation period 2 months and 1 month
Resident level PGY 5
Fellowship offered at Rancho
Contact Salah Rubayi, M.D.
This program deals with the neuro-surgical needs of Rancho patients with spinal cord injury, epileptic patients, and A.B.I., such as cranioplasty.
Fellows rotate from Neurosurgery Department, USC Keck School of Medicine.