Women’s Health

Overview:

The Brooks Women’s Health Residency Program integrates a comprehensive focus on women’s health physical therapy practice with a strong musculoskeletal/orthopaedic foundation. A combination of didactic and psychomotor training, clinical mentoring, and strategic directed learning activities provide the Women’s Health residents with exposure and access to interdisciplinary partners in women’s health care. Case study presentations prepare the resident for participation in professional conferences and potential submission for publication. Additionally, residents from all of the Brooks IHL residency programs comprehensively participate in foundational courses, allowing for development of professional relationships with colleagues of various specialty practice areas.

The one-year Women’s Health Residency, the first of its kind in the state of Florida, is designed to provide specialized training in the following areas:

– Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation (urinary incontinence, functional bowel disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain)

– Obstetric and Postpartum Physical Therapy

– Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema

– The Female Athlete

– Conditions More Prevalent in Female Patients such as Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis

– Women’s Neuro-musculoskeletal Health Across the Lifespan

Program Highlights:

– 150 hours of 1:1 on site clinical mentoring
– Full salary and benefits with Brooks Rehabilitation
– Shared experience with our 9 Residency and Fellowship Programs
– No tuition
– Enjoy opportunities to collaborate with 80 graduates practicing in the Brooks System
– Experiential learning opportunities in multiple settings throughout the Brooks Rehabilitation System of Care

Accreditation

The Brooks Women’s Health Residency is accredited for Physical Therapists by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

Board Certification

The Women’s Health Residency Program will prepare physical therapists with the knowledge and skills needed to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certification exam in women’s health (WCS).

Women’s Health Board Certification Pass Rate for First Time Takers

2020 Non-Residency Graduates
2020 Women’s Health Residency Graduates
Brooks IHL Women’s Health Residency Graduates – 5 Year Average
83.0%
100.0%
100.0%

Program Coordinator:

Stephanie Bush
PT, DPT, WCS, MEd
Stephanie.Bush@brooksrehab.org

Program Details

Curriculum

  • The Women’s Health Residency Program will meet all aspects of the Women’s Health Description of Specialist Practice.
  • 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 staff physical therapists 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Women’s Health Residency Program:

  • Must graduate from a CAPTE accredited PT program
  • Must obtain a FL PT license or temporary license by the 2nd Friday in June
  • Must meet all eligibility requirements to be employed as a practicing Physical Therapist within Brooks Rehabilitation
  • Must demonstrate eligibility for membership within the APTA
  • Must have completed a “ Basic” or “Level 1” Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation course on topics of urinary incontinence treatment and including internal vaginal pelvic floor examination or equivalent formal education and training
  • Are encouraged to have completed a “Basic”, “Foundational” or “Level 1 Obstetric Physical Therapy course or equivalent formal education and training
  • Applications open from October 1, 2021 – January 21, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET