Clinical Rotations? Specialization?

Rick Posts

DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: I am in an acute setting for a large university hospital in the midwest. Currently our management staff prefers we rotate on an average of 4 month schedule around the hospital, with all Level 1 Trauma areas such as Cardiac, Neuro, Ortho/trauma, Oncology, Renal, Transplant, Burn, and ICU. Are there any other hospitals out there that work in a similar function? I have been looking at other area hospitals and they seem to keep their therapists in areas of preference rather than a rotation that allows little room for specialization. Thanks for your input.

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One Response to Clinical Rotations? Specialization?

  1. Britney says:

    I know Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, TX does (or at least did) the same thing, but I believe it may have been on a 6 month rotation. It is the city’s county hospital, is also a University Medical Center, is a teaching hospital, and is a Level 1 Trauma Center. As far as I know, it is the only hospital in the city that operates on a rotation like that with the exception that all therapists at our children’s hospital start in the inpatient setting for a short time (90 days, maybe) before they can transfer to outpatient therapy services. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that it is a teaching hospital? I never worked there, so I can’t say for sure. Hope that is helpful.

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