Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship educates and trains physical therapists with advanced clinical competency in neonatal physical therapy.

Kimberley Scott, PT, DPT, PCS
Program Director
(614) 722-6642

About the Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship

The mission of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship program is to educate and train physical therapists with advanced clinical competency in neonatal physical therapy. The Section on Pediatrics of the APTA and the American Board of PT Residency & Fellowship Education have recognized neonatal physical therapy as a specialty area of practice requiring advanced expertise.

This fellowship program is designed to contribute to the national pool of physical therapists who possess this advanced level of understanding and skill and who can: (1) contribute expertise to the comprehensive care of premature or medically fragile infants as a member of a NICU team; (2) participate in evidence-based practice and research; and (3) provide education to a diverse array of constituents including parents and other members of the health care team, including other physical therapists.

Nationwide Children’s is collaborating with West Virginia University (WVU) to provide curriculum for the fellowship program. The program is 12 months in length and includes on-line coursework through WVU, which allows fellows to remain on-site at Nationwide Children's to participate in clinical translation and mentorship during the didactic period of training. While the first trimester of the program is primarily focused on didactic experiences, the final two trimesters are focused on clinical application and research.

What you need to know

Application & Qualifications

According to recommendations made by the ABPTRFE, applicants for the Nationwide Children's Neonatal PT Fellowship Program are required to meet these minimum requirements:

  • 3 years of pediatric PT clinical practice experience OR completion of accredited Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program
  • Eligible to sit for Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) examination OR PCS certification

Application materials can be accessed through the PT-CAS system.

Questions regarding the application can be directed to:

Kimberley Scott PT, DPT, PCS
Phone: (614) 722-6642
Email: Kimberley.Scott@NationwideChildrens.org

Faculty

Program Director: Kimberley Scott, PT, DPT, PCS

Clinical Faculty: Jennifer Hofherr, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT, NIDCAP Trainer; Melissa Hanin, MOT/L; Maria D’Amore, PT

Educational Faculty: Ben Kovalcik, MD; MaryBeth Mandich, PT, PhD

Research Faculty: Jenn Gonya, PhD

Clinical Mentors: Roberta Thomas, MPT; Courtney Mackert, MOT, OTR/L; Suzanne Davlin, PT; Ann Matthews, OTD, OTR/L; Christine Alex, OTR/L; Kelly Susey, MPT; Biny Joseph, PT, DPT, C/NDT; Diana Hinton, OTR/L; Shellie Bolyard, OTR/L

Additional Resources
Contact

For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Kimberley Scott, PT, DPT, PCS
Program Director
Phone: (614) 722-6642
Email: Kimberley.Scott@NationwideChildrens.org

700 Children's Drive
C4973
Columbus, OH 43205

 

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000