The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) traineeship for physical therapy is a collaborative program between the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) and the Division of Physical Therapy Education at UNMC. Up to three second-year PT students are selected annually to participate. The traineeship extends over two years with the first year focusing on:
- interdisciplinary practicum,
- didactic/self study curriculum,
- a clinical research project,
- completion of a community outreach leadership project
The second year includes a full-time, pediatric clinical rotation at MMI and focuses on the home discipline practicum. A 300-hour trainee commitment for each of the two years is required.
- Participation in didactic interdisciplinary educational experiences to prepare trainees for leadership roles that require fact based decision making;
- Demonstration of proficient, culturally competent, family centered clinical skills (both within their home discipline and interdisciplinary) and the application of a variety of methods of effective partnering with other health care providers; and
- Understanding and demonstration of leadership skills by all long term trainees.
The trainee responsibilities can be grouped into five major categories of activities:
- Orientation (40 hours)
- Interdisciplinary Practicum Experience (100 hours)
- Didactic and Self-Study Curriculum (104 hours)
- Projects and Special Activities (202 hours)
- Exit Evaluation Activities (4 hours)