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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there an application fee?
A. There is no application fee to apply to our program

Q. How do I apply?
A. You may apply via RF-PTCAS.

Q. Does the resident receive a salary?
A. Yes, the resident is paid a salary based upon experience.

Q. When is the application deadline?
A. December 1.

Q. Is there an interview? If so, when does it take place?
A. Yes. The interview process begins in January.

Q. Will I be prepared to take the Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) exam after graduation?
A. Yes. The Pediatric Residency Program is based on the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) that is required for the PCS exam and the goal of the program is to prepare the resident to sit for this exam.

Q. When does the residency begin?
A. Residency begins in August. The resident must have Tennessee licensure by the program start date to be eligible to begin the program.

Q. How many residents do you accept per year?
A. We accept one resident per year.

Q: What is the LEND program? How does it fit into the didactic curriculum?
A; The purpose of the Vanderbilt Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program (LEND) is to reduce and prevent NDRD (neurodevelopmental disabilities and related disabilities) in children and to increase access to family-centered, community-based, culturally competent, interdisciplinary services.

The program focuses on preparing health professionals to assume leadership roles and develop interdisciplinary team skills, advanced clinical skills, and research skills to meet the complex needs of children with NDRD.

The Vanderbilt LEND program includes faculty from Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, and the University of Tennessee, as well as affiliates from Family Voices of Tennessee. Vanderbilt LEND works closely with a variety of university, family, and state agency partners to provide workshops, conferences, and distance education at the community, state, regional, and national levels.  The Academic residency director serves as a LEND faculty member to ensure continuity between the didactic and clinical education portions of the residency program.

Q: Are there any community service opportunities?
A: There are many community service opportunities available including: AMBUCS, ABLE Youth, Go Baby Go, United Cerebral Palsy, Wheelchair sports teams, ramp building, Empower Me Day Camp, Saddle-UP, Take the Reigns, and international mission trips with Belmont University. Both Vanderbilt University and Belmont University have many other exciting service opportunities available. Service is a core value of both institutions.

Q: Are new graduates allowed to apply for the program?
A:  New graduates with a strong demonstrated interest in pediatrics are encouraged to apply.

Q: Which specific courses does the resident assist with in the Belmont University School of Physical Therapy?
A: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I (General assessment and treatment of persons with neurological pathologies); and Neuromusucular Physical Therapy II (Assessment and treatment of children with neurological pathologies)

Q: Is a benefits package included? If so, does it assist with continuing education?
A: As a Vanderbilt employee you are eligible for our standard benefits (health insurance, vision/dental insurance, liability insurance, etc.). The Pediatric Residency will cover the tuition for attending the Advanced Clinical Practice Course and one other continuing education course (up to $1,000) to be determined by resident and the residency directors.

Q: Is the residency accredited?
A: The program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in Pediatrics.

Last Edited: January 17, 2017
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