Virginia Commonwealth University Neurological Residency
    The residency is comprised of a network of community clinical partnerships that provide the resident with a wide variety of opportunities promoting enhanced clinical reasoning and exposing the resident to differing perspectives on care. The experiences are designed to achieve the vision of the program while preparing the resident for successful completion of the specialty exam.

    The one-year residency includes
    • Contributing to a clinical project that can be disseminated nationally (scholarship / research)
    • Contributing to an initiative aimed to improve the health of the community (service learning)
    • Promoting evidence based care (evidence based practice)
    • Learning through interprofessional collaboration and networking (interprofessional education)
    • Teaching in the entry level program or for professional development events (teaching)

    Although residents are expected to contribute to and learn from each component of the program, residents are encouraged to design an experience that both provides a foundation for their continued professional development and challenges their professional growth. The clinical mentors and residency faculty help guide the design of the resident’s individualized experience.

    Eligibility and Application Requirements
    Eligibility for Admission
    • Graduate from an accredited physical therapy program
    • Licensed as a physical therapist (or eligible) in the Commonwealth of Virginia
    • Member of APTA
    RF PTCAS Application Requirements
    • Complete RF-PTCAS application
    o Employment History
    o License and CEU’s
    o Professional Memberships and Involvement
    o Background Information
    o Clinical Experience and Internships
    o Personal statement / essays
    o Three letters of recommendation
    o Volunteer History
    • Official transcripts from every PT US college and university attended
    • RF-PTCAS application fee
Program Contact Information
Program Type Residency
Program Status Accredited
Specialty/Subspecialty Neurology
Program Directors Name Cheryl Ford-Smith, PT, DPT, MS
Address Line 1 1200 E. Broad Street
Address Line 2 MCV Campus
City, State Zip Richmond, Virginia 23298
Phone 804/828-0234
Fax 804/828-8111
Application Details
Application Deadline 1 12/30/2017
Admission Decision Date 1 04/02/2018
Program Start Date 1 07/30/2018
Interview Required Yes
Important Dates Not Applicable
Program Prerequisites
Courses Not Applicable
Certifications Not Applicable
Experience Not Applicable
Link to program’s prerequisite instructions Not Applicable
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental application fee required Yes
Supplemental application fee amount $100.00
Link to supplemental forms or instructions Not Applicable
Essay Questions
What do you wish to gain through participation in a neurological residency program?
Discuss aspects of your background and professional experience that particularly qualify you for participation in a neurological residency program.
What are your future plans as they relate to a specialty of neurological physical therapy?
Program requires a reference from the following individuals
    Letters of Recommendation (3)
    o Recommendations providing insight into clinical experience and qualifications for residency
    o Recent graduates (practicing less than 1 year) -– must include a recommendation from one of your clinical instructors and evidence of practice at “entry level” on the CPI
    o Practicing Clinicians – recommendations from professional colleagues are acceptable
Program Details
Multi-site program No
Part-time versus Full-time Full Time
      Tuition No
      Salary Yes
      Salary Type Annually
      Benefits Full-Time Employee
      Other Benefits Not Applicable
      Ability to earn higher degree No
      Higher degree available Not Applicable
      Program Length (in months) 12
      Anticipant number of clinical hours per week 30
      Maximum Number of Positions 2