Curriculum

DPT students in lab

The Medstar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH)/The George Washington University (GW) will prepare residents to achieve our mission through a full-time, fifteen month program including:

Clinical Practice

Teaching

  • 3-8 hours teaching per week in neurologic courses in the GW’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, including neuroscience, clinical conference, and neurologic patient management courses. Hours vary depending on course demands.
  • 1-2 additional hours per week of mentored teaching with instruction in educational theory, assessment methods, and instructional design.

Didactic Coursework

Scholarly Project

  • 2-4 hours weekly “independent study” time to develop a scholarly project
  • Examples may include: clinical research, case report or paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, contribution to a book, health care quality improvement project, or other approved work
  • Past resident research projects have included quality improvement related to interdisciplinary training for early mobilization post-stroke; collaboration with the MS Society related to a falls prevention program*; development of fitness recommendations for individuals with chronic spinal cord injury; analysis of spatiotemporal gait changes in individuals with multiple sclerosis*; development of a clinical decision-making algorithm for individuals with disorders of consciousness.*

    *Several projects have been presented at regional and national professional conferences

Sample Weekly Schedule

Schedule will vary based on clinical rotation and teaching assignments

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
A.M. Patient Care at MedStar NRH Patient Care at MedStar NRH Patient Care at MedStar NRH Patient Care at MedStar NRH Patient Care at MedStar NRH
P.M. Patient Care at MedStar NRH with mentor session Teaching in entry-level DPT Program at GW Physician Clinics at MedStar NRH & Georgetown Teaching in entry-level DPT Program at GW Independent study time for scholarly project
    Didactic Webinars