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The Department of Physical Therapy’s Neonatology Fellowship Program is a post-professional clinical and didactic educational program, designed to significantly advance therapist preparation as experts in the field of newborn and infant physical therapy in the intensive care setting. The program combines opportunities for ongoing clinical mentoring with a scientific basis for advanced practice. At the conclusion of the experience, therapists will have the skills necessary to advocate for efficient, cost effective, and evidence-based physical therapy programs for infants requiring intensive care and their families. Graduated fellows will have the tools needed to successfully collaborate as essential members of the healthcare team caring for critically-ill newborns and infants with their families across the continuum of care.
The CHOP PT Neonatology Fellowship for newborns and infants requiring intensive care is based on the principles of developmental and family-centered care. Developmental care is a method of care delivery where all infant care (medical, nursing, ancillary) is prioritized and provided in a way that supports the baby’s neurobehavioral development. Critical thinking — as well as collaboration among the healthcare team and the family — is integral to the successful provision of developmental care.
In family-centered healthcare the importance of the family as the constant in the baby’s life is recognized by collaborating with the family in the decision-making of all aspects of health services including treatment choices, aggressive treatment, pain management and follow up.
The healthcare team prioritizes working collaboratively to support and empower families to fulfill parenting roles. In addition, healthcare team members proactively encourage and assist families to assume parenting roles while their babies are critically ill, as well as across the continuum of care.
The CHOP PT Neonatology Fellowship is dedicated to supporting the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Vision of transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience across the lifespan and the CHOP mission of advancing healthcare for children. This fellowship will provide the academic and clinical education necessary to graduate experts in the practice of evidence-based family-centered and developmental physical therapy for newborns and infants who require intensive care.
Graduated fellows, informed by a broad understanding of the needs and vulnerabilities of critically ill infants and their families, will have the skills necessary to advocate for efficient, cost effective, and evidence-based PT programs for infants requiring intensive care and their families.
Graduated fellows will lead, teach, and mentor others in the practice of family-centered developmental care as well as collaborate with other health care providers in the developmental follow-up of infants. Graduated fellows will be consumers of as well as contributors to the evidence base, and will exemplify professional behavior, critical thinking, self-reflection, empathy, lifelong learning, and self-development.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Physical Therapy Neonatology fellowship will prepare physical therapists to fulfill the mission of CHOP to advance healthcare for children, and to fulfill the APTA vision of “transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience across the lifespan.”Additionally, graduates will be expert providers in the specialty practice of developmental, family-centered, and evidence-based neonatal physical therapy.
The fellowship program will develop clinicians who are skilled at advocating for physical therapy programs for critically ill infants and their families, leading, teaching and mentoring others in the practice of developmental and family-centered care and who critically appraise and contribute to the scientific literature. The program will cultivate professionals to be empathic and reflective practitioners, critical thinkers, and to embrace lifelong learning and self-development.
By the end of the Neonatology Fellowship fellows will:
In addition to the required didactic and mentoring sessions, the CHOP Neonatology Fellowship will provide physical therapy clinicians with many unique learning opportunities available in the CHOP N/IICU. These opportunities include:
Effective Oct. 2, 2017, applications must be submitted through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education centralized application system.
For more information, please contact Diane Versaw-Barnes PT, DPT, PCS, at 267-426-5002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.
Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.