The Women’s Health Residency Program provides practicing physical therapists with advanced training in pelvic and abdominal health, oncology, and lymphedema management, including:
The program also places an emphasis on using current research and literature to maintain practice within the scope of evidence-based physical therapy.
UPMC Rehabilitation Institute funds the Women’s Health PT Residency Program, housed within several outpatient clinics.
Clinics where residents may provide patient care include our locations in:
Licensed physical therapists that have already completed an entry-level program who want to:
As part of the Didactic Plan of Study, you will take part in a planned Women’s Health Residency Program curriculum as well as musculoskeletal coursework to provide comprehensive patient care within the specialty.
The didactic coursework includes the following live and self-study modules:
You will also enroll in part of the Advanced Clinical Practice — Musculoskeletal Sequence, sponsored by outpatient rehabilitation services at UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. These courses promote advanced decision-making and manual therapy skills for assessing and treating musculoskeletal disorders of the:
You will complete in-person labs for cadaver dissection. The “Advanced Dissection” course is provided through the University of Pittsburgh’s Physical Therapy Program.
You will also complete a lymphedema certification course through Klose Training Klose Training to earn your Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) credential.
You will earn continuing education units (CEUs) for this didactic part of the program.
Along with advanced coursework, you will attend and/or present at the following events to strengthen your professional skillset in this specialty:
Women’s Health PT Residency faculty will provide mentorship as you prepare your case reflection for the WCS examination application. They will also guide you to develop a case study to submit to a peer-reviewed journal, and/or presentation at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, utilizing your case reflection.
Kristyn Sprague, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT
Women’s Health Residency Director
To learn more, email Kristyn Sprague, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT, Women's Health PT Residency Program Director.