Neurologic Residency Overview
Pamela Spigel, PT, MHA, NCS
Neurologic Residency Coordinator
Julie Watson, PhD, OTR/L
Neurologic OT Residency Lead
As a world-class organization on the cutting edge of evidence-based practice and professional development, the Brooks IHL is proud to offer the first multidisciplinary Neurologic Residency Program in the nation! Eligible practitioners include Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists. This program is in collaboration with several external partners, including the University of Florida and the University of St. Augustine. The faculty is comprised of a mix of strong clinicians and academic leaders from across the country.
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. During the program each resident rotates through 5 Brooks departments: Inpatient Brain Injury, Neuro Recovery Center, Outpatient Health Care Plaza, Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury, and Inpatient CVA.
The Brooks Neurologic Residency is accredited for Physical Therapists by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), and is currently undergoing the accreditation process by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Physical Therapy Board Certification
The Neurologic Residency Program will prepare physical therapists to successfully pass the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certification exam in neurology (NCS).
Occupational Therapy Board Certification
The Neurologic Residency Program will prepare occupational therapists to apply for the American Occupational Therapy Association Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation.
The program curriculum covers everything from advanced neurology practice and clinical problem solving to management and educational theory.
- 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.
Please see the following documents for more information about the Brooks Neurologic Residency:
Applicants to the Brooks Neurologic 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
To view a directory of past residents, click here.