MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Program Overview for Physical Therapy Students Currently Enrolled in DPT Programs
Physical therapy students and academic coordinators: See below for detailed information on the three different clinical affiliation programs currently offered by MedStar NRH.
MedStar National Rehabilitation Network consists of inpatient care and outpatient services at our flagship hospital, as well as services offered at our many outpatient facilities in Washington, DC, the surrounding Maryland suburbs and northern Virginia. MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is a 137-bed rehabilitation hospital located in the heart of Washington, DC, on a medical campus which includes MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Children's National Medical Center and the Veteran's Administration Hospital.
Inpatient Rehabilitation at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
The inpatient service is organized into six units: Stroke, Spinal Cord, Brain Injury, General Medicine, Pediatric, and Cardiac. As a specialty hospital, we generally work with students in their final affiliation. The length of most affiliations is 10-14 weeks. We also offer opportunities for 16 or 20-week affiliations. Students are assigned to an inpatient unit at the main hospital. We are not able to inform students of their inpatient unit until approximately one month before the beginning of the affiliation.
Our structured student program allows for progressive levels of independence in patient care and opportunities to work with other rehabilitation specialists. Many of our experienced clinicians are NDT trained, recognized as ABPTS Neurological Clinical Specialists or APTA Clinical Instructors. Some have completed advanced courses in manual therapy or PNF. Educational opportunities at MedStar NRH include: medical grand rounds, physical therapy in-services and clinical service unit or program presentations. Quarterly courses on specialty topics have included: casting, manual therapy, the neurological shoulder and seating and mobility systems. Good communication skills, time management/organizational skills and a strong professional identity are stressed in this active interdisciplinary environment.
To learn more, please visit the Student Information Center
The hospital address is: 102 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Phone: 202-877-1000
Acute Care Rehabilitation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926 bed not-for-profit acute care hospital. It is the largest private teaching hospital in Washington DC and a Level 1 Trauma Center. The hospital has a Stroke Center, Cancer Institute, various transplant programs and a Burn Center. (Note that the Burn Center student program is separate from the MedStar NRH program and MedStar Washington Hospital Center.)
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine department at MedStar Washington Hospital Center includes PT, OT and Physiatry. There are 17 PTs, 14 OTs and 4 Acute Therapy Aides. The patient population includes orthopedics, trauma, neurological, general medicine, oncology, cardiovascular, geriatrics, surgical and wound care. Therapists are divided into teams based on different diagnosis and location of the patients within the hospital. Click here for more detailed information about the program.
The student program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center allows students the opportunity to evaluate and treat patients in a fast-paced acute care hospital. Students will become proficient in recognizing the impact of acute medical conditions, medications, lab values, tubes and wires in the treatment of patients. Different affiliation lengths are available depending on the academic program needs.
General Information about our Clinical Education Program
Orientation will occur during your first week and will include information regarding pertinent department policies, documentation, billing, and other basic information about the hospital setting. A schedule for this orientation process will be given to you on your first day.
You and your clinical instructor will work together to progress from observation of tasks to mastery of skills and goals. Both informal and formal feedback will be given throughout the process and you and your clinical instructor will meet once a week to discuss your goals and progress. Additionally, summative feedback will be given at the midpoint and completion of your clinical experience. You may be asked to complete a self evaluation at these times as well. The midterm and final summative feedback will be relayed to your school.
Each Thursday, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department hosts an in-service on various topics related to the “Education Topic of the Month.” In-services are given both by our staff as well as other hospital staff who present on topics related to their area of expertise. Additionally, the Journal Club meets once a month to discuss a current, relevant article, related to the “Education Topic of the Month.”
Students, with their clinical instructor’s approval, may also attend various medical education programs at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. These include case study presentations and lectures given by various doctors and other staff.
There is also the opportunity to observe a surgery in the area of orthopedics, neurosurgery, or cardiothoracic surgery.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department has its own library of books related to physical therapy and occupational therapy. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department also owns the software VHI, a computerized exercise database which allows therapists to create and print out individualized exercise programs for patients.
Additionally, MedStar Washington Hospital Center has its own medical library with extensive access to most medical journals. Librarians are available during the day to assist with literature searches. Employees and students can request interlibrary loans of articles and books not in the library.
To learn more, please visit the Student Information Center
The hospital address is: MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Phone: 202-877-7000 http://www.whcenter.org/
MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network
The outpatient satellite facilities in the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network address the needs of a variety of patient populations. Work Hardening, chronic pain management, sports medicine, women’s health and treatment of repetitive motion disorders are only a few of the many services that are provided. Clinics are located in Washington DC, Maryland and the Northern Virginia areas. Click here for more detailed information on the network.
The outpatient area provides services for a broad range of diagnostic categories. Patients are treated by physical therapists individually, in groups and through a number of interdisciplinary clinics. These include: seating clinic, wound clinic, post-polio clinic, MS clinic, amputee clinic, oncology clinic, vestibular clinic and orthotics clinic.
The outpatient satellite facilities in the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network address the needs of a variety of patient populations. Work hardening, chronic pain management, sports medicine, women’s health and treatment of repetitive motion disorders are only a few of the many services that are provided.To learn more, please visit the Student Information Center