Curricular content is provided through both formal and informal educational and/or clinical opportunities. Methods of curricular instruction include:

  • Physical Therapyclinical mentoring related to direct patient care,
  • didactic materials related to clinical practice,
  • review and critique of literature, participation in departmental journal club and educational meetings
  • preparation of a clinical case series project including question design, data collection and poster presentation
  • participation in doctoral PT student education through pediatric-related laboratory skill instruction, case studies
  • LEND leadership seminars, interdisciplinary clinics and community projects

While curricular content is uniquely tailored to specific areas of resident need, six core competency modules have been established in accordance with APTA Description of Pediatric Specialty Practice. These include:

  • Educationally related PT services (ages 3 – 21)
  • Early Intervention services (ages 0 – 5)
  • Out-patient services (persons with developmental disabilities, all ages)
  • Computerized, 3D Gait Analysis
  • Consultation in the NICU
  • Hospital based, acute care pediatrics (Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, NE)

A typical work week includes:

  • 4 hours of direct mentoring
  • 8 hours of LEND activities including clinical and leadership seminars, community outreach, clinical case study work, interdisciplinary interaction/observation
  • 20-24 hours of direct patient care
  • 4-8 hours of study related to curricular topics (NICU, Gait Analysis, etc.)

For more information
Sandra Willett, PT, MS, PCS
Phone: (402) 559-5719