Congratulations to the SLU-SSM Physical Therapy Women’s Health Residency Program for earning accreditation from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). The SLU-SSM Physical Therapy Women’s Health Residency Program is only one of 15 accredited physical therapist post licensure residencies to be recognized with this distinction in the United States.
Established in 2021, the SLU-SSM Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program is a partnership between the SLU Program in Physical Therapy and SSM Physical Therapy for a post-professional residency program in women’s and pelvic health physical therapy. The 16-month residency prepares licensed physical therapists to specialize in evaluating, treating and managing patients who have women’s health, gender health, and/or pelvic health conditions. Brea Rhein, PT, DPT and Alex Lanty, PT, DPT are the members of the inaugural cohort and are on track to graduate in December, 2022. Bri Mulhearn, PT, DPT and Laura Erb, PT, DPT started the program in August 2022 with anticipated graduation in December 2023.
“The SLU-SSM Physical Therapy Women’s Health physical therapy residency advances the practice of physical therapy through specialized training of licensed physical therapists, preparing them for board certification in women’s health physical therapy.” says Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS Associate Professor of physical therapy at SLU, and Director of Residency Education at SLU Program in Physical Therapy.
“The education is intense, accelerating the development of clinical skills through reflective and evidence-based reasoning. The program focuses on mentoring by advanced clinicians and engaging in the care of diverse patient population within SSM Physical Therapy and pro bono care in community outreach clinics.”
Unique to the SLU-SSM Physical Therapy residency programs, the residents serve as lab instructors for entry-level physical therapy courses at SLU. The residents of the women’s health residency also directly interact with the orthopedic residents during common didactic programming on certain regions of the body, clinical case discussions and leadership topics.
The program consists of direct clinical mentoring, non-mentored patient care, clinical observation, lab instruction and teaching responsibilities, independent mentorship and providing pro bono services in the St. Louis community.
“The SLU SSM Health residency programs develop strong clinicians who are skilled in efficient and effective patient care, achieve strong interprofessional relationships, and become leaders within our profession,” added SSM Physical Therapy’s Jill Eveker, PT, DPT, OCS, Program Director of the Women’s Health Residency.
“It serves as a means to recruit exemplary clinicians and continue to provide a high level of care for patients. Our partnership with Saint Louis University is significant in creating a diverse educational program with a culture of academic excellence.”