Pediatric Residency Overview
Jennifer Fernandez, PT, DPT, NCS, PCS
Pediatric Residency Coordinator
As a world-class organization on the cutting edge of evidence-based practice and professional development, the Brooks IHL Pediatric Residency program prepares its residents to educate and care for the pediatric population. This program is one year in length and consists of three components that include didactic/psychomotor classes, clinical mentoring and supervision, and directed learning activities. In addition, case study presentations prepare the resident for participation in professional conferences and potential submission for publication.
The Brooks Pediatric Residency program offers unique advantages and educational opportunities secondary to relationships with the University of North Florida (UNF), St. John’s County Schools, (SJC), Wolfson Children’s Hospital (WCH), and the University of Florida (UF). Residents from all of the Brooks IHL residency programs comprehensively participate in foundational courses, allowing for development of professional relationships with colleagues from various specialty practice areas. In addition, residents are provided the opportunity to preform clinical observations in other specialty areas of practice.
The Brooks Pediatric Residency is accredited for Physical Therapists by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).
The Pediatric Residency Program will prepare physical therapy residents to successfully pass the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certification exam in pediatrics (PCS).
- The residency will be founded on The Five Pillars.
- The residents will participate in combinations of traditional coursework, directed learning activities, and clinical mentoring.
- Residents will serve as Brooks Rehabilitation staff for the course of the training.
- Upon graduation, the residents will serve as clinical leaders and change agents for Brooks Rehabilitation and/or the profession.
Applicants to the Brooks Pediatric Residency Program must:
- Obtain Florida licensure or temporary licensure by the 2nd Friday in June
- Meet all eligibility requirements to be employed as a practicing clinician within Brooks Rehabilitation
- Demonstrate eligibility for membership within the APTA