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Physical Therapy Residencies

Neurologic | Orthopaedic | Acute Care | Pediatric | Sports | Critical Care

Thank you for your interest in the physical therapy residency and fellowship programs at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Acceptance will be based on the candidate’s ability to provide exceptional patient-centered care and advanced critical thinking skills. Qualified applicants will have demonstrated professional investment and development through research exposure, evidence-based practice and leadership opportunities. Flexibility, time management and communication skills are highly valued, as is the ability to work in a fast-paced academic medical environment with a multidisciplinary team.

All program participants are considered full-time employees at Johns Hopkins and are eligible for all employee benefits.

How to Apply

All applications for these programs are processed through the American Physical Therapy Association’s accrediting body, the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Please visit the ABPTRFE website for instructions on how to submit your application.

If you have questions or need more information about any of the programs, please contact the program coordinator listed on the program’s flyer. Please note that we don’t sponsor visas for international applicants. In-person interviews are required for all programs.


Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

This 13.5-month program prepares residents to apply for the neurologic specialty certification and positions them for advancement along the clinical ladder.

The residency includes the following units:

  • Introduction and orientation to facilities
  • Acute care
  • Comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation unit
  • Outpatient neurorehabilitation experience
  • Specialized clinical management
  • Clinical education supervising
  • Academic teaching

Application deadline: February 1, 2017 | Admission decision date: April 1, 2017 | Program start date: September 1, 2017

For more information, view the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency flyer or visit ABPTRFE Program Profile.


Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

This 13-month program designed in collaboration with The George Washington University prepares residents to apply for the orthopaedic specialty certification and positions them for advancement along the clinical ladder.

The residency includes the following units:

  • Intensive classroom and independent study modules
  • Experience treating in an outpatient orthopaedic setting
  • One-on-one clinical mentoring by board-certified orthopaedic specialists
  • Opportunities to serve as an instructor in a local, entry-level physical therapy program

Application deadline: February 24, 2017 | Admission decision date: May 5, 2017 | Program start date: July 10, 2017

Considering this program? Read the Q&A with our 2015 resident Lindsey Plass and the Q&A with our 2016-2017 residents Heath Crist, Andrew Hammond and Holli Flippo.

For more information, view the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency flyer or visit ABPTRFE program profile.  


Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency

This 12-month program focuses on the rehabilitation of the complex medicine patient in the acute care setting. The residency features intense learning, leadership and broad clinical exposure to the medically complex patient across the continuum in hospital. This residency accomplishes in a year what may otherwise take many years to achieve professionally. A one-of-a-kind collaborative effort of clinical practice, concentrated didactics and classroom teaching opportunities will prepare the resident to practice at a high level of care in the acute care setting. It also prepares the resident for early candidacy and subsequent promotion along the clinical ladder beyond the level of peers without specialty residency experience.

The residency includes the following units:

  • Clinical rotations on all acute care rehabilitation services: cardiac, general medicine, general surgery and trauma, neurosciences, oncology, critical care units and wound care
  • Academic teaching
  • Research activities
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration, with a focus on patient-centered care

Application deadline: January 27, 2017 | Admission decision date: March 1, 2017 | Program start date: August 28, 2017

For more information, view the Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency flyer or visit ABPTRFE Program Profile.


Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the George Washington University pediatric residency begins in the acute care environment and progresses to pediatric rehabilitation, school system and early intervention, and outpatient service delivery. The goal is to build a strong foundation and gain clinical experience by following a specific patient through the continuum of care. Residents enjoy a personalized, didactic program and are expected to participate in research. Upon successful completion, a resident will become a clinical expert capable of providing comprehensive, world-class physical therapy for pediatric patients. Program graduates will have the foundation to positively impact the field of pediatric physical therapy throughout their career.

The residency includes the following units:

  • Leadership coursework
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Face-to-face academic teaching experience at the George Washington University in the spring semester
  • A variety of hospital-based multidisciplinary rounds and learning experiences
  • Opportunity to participate in the APTA Combined Sections Meeting
  • Opportunity to participate in community service projects/camps and observe pertinent state and federal legal processes impacting the field of physical therapy

Application deadline: March 1, 2017 | Admission decision date: April 15, 2017 | Program start date: August 14, 2017 

For more information, view the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency flyer or visit APBTRFE Program Profile.


Sports Physical Therapy Residency

The mission of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Sports Physical Therapy Residency is to provide a physical therapist with the clinical experience, mentorship and learning opportunities needed to become a well-rounded, board-certified sports physical therapist. The residency graduate will use a collaborative, evidence-based approach to deliver the highest quality of care to athletes and patients of all ages and competitive levels.

The residency include the following units:

  • One-on-one clinical and nonclinical mentoring on a weekly basis
  • Sports venue and training room coverage at the high school level
  • Over 60 hours of sports didactic education at the University of Southern California
  • Over 120 hours of orthopaedic manual physical therapy didactic education
  • Independent study modules
  • Physician shadowing and surgical observation
  • Clinical practice in a clinic with state-of-the-art technology and equipment

Application deadline: February 24, 2017 | Admission decision date: April 1, 2017 | Program start date: July 10, 2017

For more information, view the Sports Physical Therapy Residency flyer or visit ABPTRFE Program Profile.


Critical Care Fellowship for Physical Therapists

This 13-month program focuses on the management and rehabilitation of the critically ill patient in the ICU. The fellowship features intense learning, leadership and clinical exposure to the critically ill patient within the adult ICUs at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After successful completion of a final exam, the fellow will become a certified Johns Hopkins Hospital critical care fellow positioned for advancement along the clinical ladder.

The fellowship includes the following units:

  • Introduction and orientation to facilities
  • Clinical rotations on the medical, surgical, cardiac and neurologic ICUs
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Participation in ongoing and novel research activities
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration, with a focus on patient-centered care
  • One-on-one mentorship with certified physical therapy clinical specialists

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria: a minimum of two years of postgraduate clinical experience, completion of an accredited physical therapy residency program or certification as a clinical specialist.

Application deadline: June 1, 2017 | Admission decision date: July 31, 2017 | Program start date: September 1, 2017

For more information, view the Critical Care Fellowship in Physical Therapy flyer or visit ABPTRFE Program Profile.

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