Pediatric Residency Program

Our Mission

The mission of the Residency Programs within 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 pediatric 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 pediatrics and will contribute to the profession through teaching, writing, and leadership. Graduates of the residency program will be prepared to sit for the ABPTS Pediatric Certified Specialist (PCS) examination.

Program Structure

The program’s curriculum is designed in modules that address all areas of the pediatric 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), school-based PT (8 weeks), early intervention (8 weeks), and outpatient (12 weeks) settingsThe resident will also participate in the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Didactic work is a combination of online study, individualized face-to-face instruction by module mentors, and two interdisciplinary problem-based learning courses through LEND. Weekly 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 two to three independent work days a week during the residency program. 

Additional helpful resources:

Pediatric Physical Therapy Fact Sheet
ABPTRFE Application page 
Residential Services, Inc.
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
UNC Children’s Hospital
American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties  
CIDD Clinical Services 

Academic Faculty:

Dana McCarty, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT
Laurie Ray, PT, MPT, PhD
Deborah Thorpe, PT, PhD

Clinical Faculty:

Cathy Howes, PT, DPT, MS, PCS
Jennifer Newman, MSPT
Kerry Blazek, PT, DPT, PCS
Karen Tartick, PT
Brian Trabulsi, PT, MPT, COMT, ATC
Randah Whitley, PT

ABPTRFE Accreditation Status:

UNC-Chapel Hill's Pediatric Residency Program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in pediatrics.

 


UNC-Chapel Hill’s Physical Therapy Pediatric Residency recently received accreditation from the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in pediatrics.