Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Education
Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Education
The Rehabilitation Program currently accepts students from accredited, US-based Doctor of Physical Therapy programs or internationally equivalent physical therapy/physiotherapy programs.
Students may choose four-, six-, or eight-week rotations based upon individual program needs and Hillside's availability of rotation slots. Clinical rotations at Hillside are confirmed one year in advance (beginning in the spring) through Hillside's Director of Rehabilitation in cooperation with the Directors of Clinical Education (DCE) partner Physical Therapy program.
For more information about rotations, please have your DCE contact our Director of Rehabilitation at:
If you are a student, please ensure that your DCE and the Hillside Rehab Director have been in direct contact before making contact yourself.
Once communication has been established between Hillside’s Rehab Director and the relevant DCE, the student application may be accessed and completed here: Rehab Student Application.
Hillside students gain exposure to a unique interdisciplinary environment, with various practice settings including outpatient, home health, and mobile clinics to more outlying villages, as well as assisting with community/school-based educational programming in collaboration with local health and education
specialists. Along with colleagues from other disciplines (including, pharmacy, nursing, and public health), students will treat a broad range of demographics and diagnoses.
The Hillside Rehab program strives to operate according to principles of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), which focuses on inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities in the community as opposed to a top-down, medically focused care model. We strongly believe in this model as the most conducive to meeting the needs of people with disabilities while respecting and collaborating with local expertise and innovation. Students will be expected to acquire a working knowledge of CBR principles and to foster a collaborative practice approach during this rotation experience. Community outreach, collaboration and mutual exchange with various local specialists and stakeholders (community health workers/technicians, teachers, parent advocacy groups, etc) comprise a vital part of CBR practice, and DPT students may find this rotation to have less direct patient treatment time--and more community outreach opportunities--than they may have encountered in a more traditionally-based rehab model.
The Toledo District is a richly diverse region that is home to many demographic groups, including Mayan, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, and other cultural groups. Limited resources, differing cultural practices and language barriers pose unique challenges to effective and culturally competent collaboration and patient care. During this rotation, students will broaden their understanding of and respect for cultural differences and improve their ability to provide appropriate evaluation, treatments, and interpersonal collaboration in a humble and authentic way while respecting local colleagues and customs.