Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency
The Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Delaware Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency focuses on the rehabilitation of complex patients in the acute care setting. The residency features intense learning, leadership and broad clinical exposure to medically complex patients across the continuum in a hospital. This residency accomplishes in a year what may otherwise take many years to achieve professionally. A one-of-a-kind collaborative clinical practice, concentrated didactics and classroom teaching opportunities will prepare you to practice at a high level in the acute care setting. It also prepares you for early candidacy and subsequent promotion along the clinical ladder beyond the level of peers without specialty residency experience.
Duration: 12 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: February 1, 2023
Interview decision: March
Program start: Late August/Early September
Prerequisites: applicant must be a graduate from an accredited physical therapy program (new graduates are accepted), hold a valid Maryland physical therapist license or be eligible to obtain one, and hold a current CPR certification through the American Heart Association.
Number of graduates: 8 graduates since 2015
Graduation Rate: 89%
First-time specialty exam pass rate: N/A
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- Clinical rotations on all acute care rehabilitation services: 2-3 months in cardiac, general medicine, general surgery and trauma, neurosciences and oncology, plus shorter experiential rotations in critical care and wound care
- 27-30 hours of direct patient care a week
- 1:1 mentoring 3 hours a week, which includes co-treating patients
- Didactic learning
- Teaching assistant role at the University of Delaware during the fall semester and winter intersession
- Research activities assisting primary investigators with increasing patient activity and mobility or other research projects
Residency Program Director
Kelsey Florian, PT, DPT | Class of 2024
Undergraduate school: Taylor University, bachelor's in exercise science
Graduate school: Grand Valley State University, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Baroda, Michigan
Professional interests: critical care, neurologic, clinical research
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: The Hopkins program offers an extensive mentorship program that strives to improve the resident's clinical decision-making skills. This program also includes a variety of teaching, functional-based research, and clinical experiences.
What I like about Baltimore: I have not lived in Baltimore before, but I am looking forward to exploring new hiking locations and running trails!
Lydia Vincent, PT, DPT
Undergraduate school: Bob Jones University, bachelor's in health science
Graduate school: University of Indianapolis, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Professional interests: solid organ transplant, critical care, educating future therapists and patients effectively, clinical research
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose the Johns Hopkins acute care residency to further develop my skills as a clinician in patient care, mentorship and research in an environment known for excellent collaborative care with exceptional patient outcomes. I love the diverse patient population served at Hopkins and the opportunities for mentorship across the whole continuum of the acute care setting.
What I like about Baltimore: Food scene, being near the water, all the hiking/running places, super close to a lot of neat places to explore!
Caitlin Gopie, PT, DPT
Undergraduate school: Oregon State University, bachelor's in kinesiology
Graduate school: Columbia University, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: New Port Richey, Florida
Professional interests: cardiopulmonary, neurological and geriatric physical therapy
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose John Hopkins because I want to pursue the specific learning and knowledge opportunities this program offers in order to allow for me to grow as a clinician and make an impact on the field of physical therapy.
What I like about Baltimore: I am moving to Baltimore for this program and am excited to explore the area!
Robert Kupsho, PT, DPT
Undergraduate school: Lebanon Valley College, bachelor's in biology
Graduate school: Lebanon Valley College, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Professional interests: educating future therapists, performing clinical research, the role of cognitive behavioral therapy in treating chronic illness
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I wanted the opportunity to advance my professional career quickly in a fast-paced medical environment with mentorship from experienced clinicians, and to learn at an institution with a robust reputation for excellent patient care quality.
Heather Littier, PT, DPT
Undergraduate school: Virginia Tech; bachelor's in animal and poultry sciences and master's in dairy sciences with a focus on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic stewardship
Graduate school: Marymount University; doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
Professional interests: critical care, research, and educating future physical therapists
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with clinicians who practice at the highest level in the acute care setting, the diversity of the patient population, and the teaching and research components of the residency
What I like about Baltimore: There’s always something to do and so many new places to explore – and it’s very dog friendly!
Stephanie Hiser, PT, DPT
Stephanie also completed our critical care fellowship. Read her Q&A about her experience with both programs.
Undergraduate school: Lipscomb University; bachelor’s in exercise science
Graduate school: University of Miami; doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Glasgow, Kentucky
Professional interests: clinical research on critically ill patients
What I like about Baltimore: the variety of restaurants