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UD Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association

Dec 19, 2007-- The American Physical Therapy Association announced that the University of Delaware Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency is now credientialed, making it the 2nd Credentialed Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency in the Nation. "We are thrilled to be leading the way in Residency Training of Physical Therapists who aspire to become leaders in the field." said Tara Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, Director of the Physical Therapy Clinic and Assisstant Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.

The Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency is a planned program of postprofessional clinical and didactic education that is designed to advance significantly the physical therapist's preparation as a provider of patient care services in a defined area of clinical practice. Manal noted that "The Geriatric Residency is only the 2nd in the nation and we are the only Physical Therapy Program with 3 credentialed Residency programs." UD credentialed residencies include a Sports Residency, an Othropaedic Residency and the newly credentialed Geriatric Residency.

For a Residency to be credentialed, the clinical faculty must possess the following qualifications in order to effectively conduct all of the necessary activities of a residency or fellowship program: (1) advanced clinical skills, with at least one faculty member who is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) in the content area; (2) expertise in teaching; and (3) involvement in scholarly and professional activities. At UD, all clinical faculty are ABPTS-certified clinical specialists and provide outstanding mentorship to the PT Residents as well as DPT students.


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