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The Residency and Fellowship SIG seeks to foster the development and growth of geriatric residency and fellowship programs. The R/F SIG will allow greater participation among ALL parties interested in residency/fellowship education; including those engaged in existing programs (both faculty and participants) and those interested in developing new programs. Furthermore, students and others interested in becoming a resident should become members of the R/F SIG for networking purposes. The R/F SIG will allow for increased member participation and potentially have a much greater impact on the development of new and larger programs. There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved! To participate or learn more about current SIG activities and projects, contact the SIG chair.

Residency & Fellowship SIG News

posted: January 07, 2020

APTA Geriatrics will be sponsoring resident grants for physical therapists who are accepted into an accredited geriatric physical therapy residency program. Applications for the 2020 grant program will be posted on January 15, 2020 and applications will be accepted through March 2020. Interested students should watch this page for more information in January 2020.

posted: January 07, 2020

The Geriatric Residency and Fellowship SIG is hosting a meeting of students and directors of geriatric residency programs during the exhibit hours of CSM 2020. The purpose is to encourage post professional development for DPT students by exploring options of what is next after graduation. Interested students should come to the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Booth in the CSM 2020 Exhibit Hall. Students who talk to two residency directors and have passports validated by two residency directors will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.  

posted: July 22, 2019

The Journal Club will be on Tuesday, July 23rd at 8 PM Eastern Time and is hosted by the Residency and Fellowship SIG.

Article Discussed: Mantel A, Trapuzzano A, Chizmar S, Haffke L, Dawson N. An Investigation of the Predictors of Comfortable and Fast Gait Speed in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2019.

Special Guest: The author of the publication: Dr. Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS will be joining us!


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CSM 2020 Residency - We are planning on having a student contest to connect Geriatric Residency Directors with students. Residency Directors let me know if you will be attending CSM 2020?

GeriNotes Resident Corner - In 2020 GeriNotes is willing to publish resident articles that include case reports, new geriatric PT Programs and new geriatric PT tools. Literature reviews will not be accepted unless tied to case report. I hope to establish a working group/ sub committee to grow articles from residents.

Outstanding Geriatric PT Resident - The Outstanding Geriatric Physical Therapist Resident Award would honor a recent geriatric residency graduate in order to recognize the intrinsic value of the postprofessional training, and thereby promote and provide for the development and accreditation of geriatric residency education programs in physical therapy. The nomination packet must be received in the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy office by November 15.

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), the governing body for certification and recertification for clinical specialists in physical therapy, is accepting nominations from board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy to fill 1 position on the Geriatric Specialty Council. Appointments are for 4-year terms beginning January 1, 2020. The deadline to submit your application is on July 31, 2019. Interested individuals may apply at the APTA Engage website:


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