Women's Health Residency Overview
Stephanie Bush, DPT, WCS, MEd Women's Health Residency Coordinator
The Brooks Women’s Health Residency Program integrates a comprehensive focus on women’s health physical therapy practice with a strong musculoskeletal/orthopaedic foundation, for a total of 356 hours of didactic and psychomotor educational training. In addition to clinical mentoring, strategic and diverse 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. 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 Neuromusculoskeletal Health Across the Lifespan
The Brooks Women's Health Residency is accredited for Physical Therapists by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). The program was originally credentialed in 2013 and received a 10 year accreditation in 2018.
The Brooks Women's Health Residency Program will prepare physical therapy residents to successfully pass the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certification exam in women's health (WCS).
- 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.
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