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
Apply through RF-PTCAS 
Application deadline: February 1, 2023
Interview decision: March
Interview: Mid-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
Completion Rate: 89%
First-time specialty exam pass rate: N/A
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Please click the pay application link to pay the supplementary application fee. Application will not be processed until the fee is received and application is complete. All fees are non-refundable.

Program Features

  • 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

Gabrielle Steinhorn, PT, DPT

Email: [email protected]

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Current Resident

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!

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Residency Alumni