Fox Rehabilitation Becomes the First Private Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation to Offer APTA-Accredited, Post-Graduate Training Program in Geriatrics

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Its mission: To develop physical therapy professionals to be expert clinicians and national leaders in geriatrics

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – June 10, 2010 – The American Physical Therapy Association has accredited Fox Rehabilitation to offer a new, post-graduate residency training program exclusively in geriatrics. Fox Rehabilitation is the only private physical therapy practice in the nation to receive this prestigious designation.

“As the first private practice to achieve this distinction in geriatric physical therapy, Fox Rehabilitation has demonstrated their commitment to promote a high level of service to their patients and to help advance the practice of physical therapy.”

Participants will provide patient care, receive one-on-one clinical mentoring with Fox Rehabilitation professionals, and spend time on a variety of active learning experiences with faculty from Thomas Jefferson University and Temple University, both in Philadelphia.

To provide exceptionally rich, varied and interdisciplinary learning, including such fields as orthotics, prosthetics, wound care, and advanced seating and positioning, Fox has also partnered with Allied Orthotics & Prosthetics, Wound Healing Solutions and Mid-Atlantic Medical.

The goal is to create expert clinicians, vigorous leaders, contributors and advocates for the physical therapy profession in geriatrics. “I want geriatric physical therapy practice to gain the momentum and recognition that orthopedic and sports physical therapy practice has done in the past,” says Fox Rehabilitation CEO Dr. Tim Fox.

Participants will learn from Temple University experts on balance and cardio-pulmonary disorders and visit the university’s Virtual Environment and Postural Orientation Laboratory. They’ll also spend time with Thomas Jefferson University faculty in neurology and orthopedics and explore the university’s Human Performance Laboratory and the Dissection Lab.

The program lasts 12 to 15 months, depending on each clinician’s prior experience.

The residency has met the high standards and rigor required of an advanced training program for physical therapists in geriatrics, says J. Scott Straker of APTA. “As the first private practice to achieve this distinction in geriatric physical therapy, Fox Rehabilitation has demonstrated their commitment to promote a high level of service to their patients and to help advance the practice of physical therapy.”

To learn more about this program, or to apply, please contact william.dieter@foxrehab.org.