The Mozaic Senior Life Clinical Residency is a yearlong program that includes mentored clinical practice in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, long-term care, home health care and outpatient. Acute care observations with a Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist will also be provided and scheduled. Structured didactic instruction includes distance learning through Sacred Heart University and on-site seminars in geriatric physical therapy. Mentoring is provided by experienced and/or Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialists across settings. The Mozaic Senior Life Geriatric Residency effectively incorporates the positive attributes of academic and clinical based residencies into a unique program, which includes teaching opportunities, research opportunities and advanced clinical practice. This experience is designed to prepare the resident to take the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination in geriatric physical therapy.
The American Physical Therapy Association defines a residency as a “planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education that is designed to advance significantly the physical therapists’ preparation as a provider of patient care services in a defined area of practice.”
Mozaic Senior Life strives to provide a program that will provide quality
post-professional didactic education and clinical mentoring for residents seeking to attain an advanced level of clinical practice and scholarly pursuits in geriatric physical therapy, utilizing specially trained and certified physical therapists who employ an evidence-based, patient-centered approach in meeting the unique health care and functional needs of aging adults.
The goals of the Clinical Residency Program in Geriatrics are to:
Residents will be provided with a multitude of diverse experiences including:
Residents will receive credentialing through the American Physical Therapy Association as a Clinical Instructor and will supervise a DPT student during their final rotation.
Residents will participate in a residency program which emphasizes evidence-based delivery of quality patient care for the geriatric population and exemplifies the commitment and progressive approach of Mozaic Senior Life to addressing the unique needs of older adults.
The program starts in the fall and runs for 12 months. Flexibility may be provided in start time for applicants who require adaptation.
The Mozaic Senior Life Geriatric Residency Program received accreditation from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) in 2009.
All residents have completed the program with a 100% graduation rate. There is a 100% pass rate for the Geriatric Clinical Specialty board examination.
Upon successful completion of the residency, residents are eligible to sit for the APTA Geriatric Clinical Specialty board examination and will receive a certificate of completion from the Mozaic Senior Life.
Residents will be employed full-time by Mozaic Senior Life and receive an adjusted salary. Residents do not carry a full-time case load in order to allow time for didactic coursework, research, presentations and projects. Residents are eligible for benefits through Mozaic Senior Life during their employment period. There are no tuition requirements for this experience. Didactic work completed as a requirement of the residency will be reimbursed by the Mozaic Senior Life after successful completion of the course.
Online learning is conducted through Sacred Heart University using Blackboard as and electronic delivery system. Residents will have access to Sacred Heart University’s library and multiple research databases.
Parkinson’s Evaluation and Intervention
Acute Care Management of Older Adults
Ethics and Moral Issues in Geriatric Health Cognition in Older Adults
For additional information, please contact:
Suzanne Rodriguez, PT, DPT, MS
Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Geriatric Trained and Certified Clinical Specialist
Geriatric Residency Director
Mozaic Senior Life
4200 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
All applicants who are eligible for physical therapy licensure in the state of Connecticut are welcome to apply.
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Superior applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee consisting of the Residency Director, Mozaic Senior Life Administrators, Rehabilitation Services director, and faculty.