Neurological Residency Program

Our Mission

The mission of residency programs between the UNC Division of Physical Therapy and UNC Hospitals is to provide a superior, comprehensive specialist training to licensed physical therapists to meet the needs of North Carolina and beyond.

Resident Program Philosophy

The faculty and staff of the Division of Physical Therapy and UNC Hospitals are committed to developing residents who are recognized leaders within neurologic physical therapy. Residents will develop excellence in examination, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, teaching and the integration of best evidence into the patient care they provide. They will develop as a resource for the community in neurology and will contribute to the profession through entry level and clinical teaching, writing, and leadership. Graduates of the residency program will be prepared to sit for the ABPTS Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS) examination.

Program Structure

The program’s curriculum is designed in modules that address all areas of the Neurology Description of Specialty Practice (DSP). The modules include one-on-one academic mentorship in the topics of clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, teaching and learning, and one-on-one clinical mentorship in acute care (12 weeks), outpatient settings (12 weeks), and inpatient acute rehabilitation settings (12 weeks). Additional mentored time is devoted to teaching and other areas of interest (service, research, etc.) as agreed upon by resident and his/her mentors. Didactic work is a combination of online study, small group modules with residents in other areas, and individualized face-to-face instruction by module mentors. Ongoing assignments and module-specific mentor assessments provide the resident with regular benchmarks to ensure their learning progresses throughout the year. There are two written exams and two live patient exams administered at approximately the middle and end of the program. The resident is responsible for 30 hours a week of clinical work during the residency program, in addition to didactic, teaching and service responsibilities.

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Additional helpful resources:

Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Fact Sheet

Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy

MedBridge Neurologic Specialist Course Preparation series

Academic Faculty:

Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, MS, NCS

Vicki Mercer, PT, PhD

Clinical Faculty:

Tricia Agnoli, PT, MS, NCS

Susan Gisler, PT, DPT

Deidre Bennett, PT

Audrey Osinsky, PT, DPT

April Xayavong, PT, DPT

Diane Meyer, PT, MSCS

Dietra Buxton, PT, DPT

Catherine Jacobs, PT, DPT, MSCS

Courtney Matrunick, PT, DPT

ABPTRFE Accreditation Status:

UNC-Chapel Hill's Neurologic Residency Program will apply for accreditation by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in neurology in the spring of 2018, with accreditation site review expected during the tenure of the first resident experience in 2018-2019.