Neurological Vision Rehabilitation Fellow Program
Good Shepherd developed a Neurological Vision Rehabilitation Fellowship Program in 2017 and was granted candidate status by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The program’s focus is to promote clinical excellence in neurological vision rehabilitation in an outpatient occupational therapy setting.
Our fellowship program provides an intensive, twelve month experience combining clinical and didactic learning opportunities. The program will offer fellows at least 340 hours of one on one clinical and didactic learning opportunity. This occurs concurrently with clinical practice as a treating therapist in the outpatient and inpatient settings. The fellow will attend specialty conferences, monthly physician-led rounds, special interest groups, in services and outside seminars.
The program combines clinical mentoring, the opportunity for advanced clinical practice, didactic information, and specialty learning.
- Fellowship program goals will be achieved through a combination of formal and informal educational methods and roles:
- Direct care provision as well as mentored clinical practice in outpatient vision program services of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation. Clinical mentors have specialty training and backgrounds in areas including vision rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, acquired and traumatic brain injury, Neuro IFRAH functional movement systems, cervicalgia, sports rehab, neuro optometry
- Didactic learning and structured mentoring sessions
- Participation in clinical research projects
- Participation and leadership in Neurologic special interest groups.
- Community outreach, endeavors project.
Fellowship Course Sequence
Mentorship is a crucial element of developing advanced clinical skills. Good Shepherd has highly advanced clinical practitioners in the follow specialty areas:
- Vision rehabilitation
- Parkinson’s Big and Loud program
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Brain injury rehabilitation
- Spinal cord rehabilitation
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Neuro-IFRAH technique
- Locomotor training
- Motor control
- Sports Rehab
- Interactive Metronome
- Functional Movement Systems (FMS)
- Adult Autism
- Clinical Research
The following are prerequisites for an individual to meet in order for them to enter the fellowship program:
1. Graduate of NBCOT accredited occupational therapy program
2. Proof of current AOTA membership
3. Submit a current resume
4. Applicants are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation
5. Demonstrate interest in further professional development as documented in the personal statement for admission
6. Successful completion of the program will require the fellow to complete approximately 12 months in length. This will encompass all clinical, didactic and mentoring components of the program. The total program consists of four weeks of neuro-optometric training with a licensed optometrist and eleven months full program of fellowship to follow.
7. Formal interview
8. Current Pennsylvania license by start of the fellowship date
a. Full licensure means passing board exam and currently in possession of a valid Pennsylvania state occupational therapy license. Good Shepherd reserves the right to withdraw an applicant’s offer if no proof of full licensure is made available.
b. Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to initiate their Pennsylvania licensure at the same time an application is made to the program.
Web Site: www.goodshepherdrehab.org
Mail: Jenna Sopp
Outpatient Neuro Rehab Supervisor
Neurological Vision Rehabilitation Fellowship Program
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
850 South Fifth Street
Health and Technology Center
Allentown, PA 18103
Fellowship Tuition 2020/2021
Residency Tuition $3,800 (includes specialty education with program directors and optometry, and web-based continuing education courses.)
Fellows are paid for 40 hours a week of clinical, teaching and education time. 2020/2021 salaries are not yet set and subject to change.
Each fellow is responsible for the purchase of personal textbooks, and additional supplies and educational material. Information on requirements will be given during orientation.
- Application Deadline: June 15, 2020
- Program acceptance notification will be given by July 20, 2020
- Program Start: Flexible start date within the month of September 2020
Good Shepherd is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal law.