Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency

The Johns Hopkins Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program offers educational and clinical experiences aimed at training patient-centered clinicians who deliver compassionate and exceptional care in outpatient geriatric physical therapy. To achieve this, our robust curriculum teaches evidence-informed practice, sound clinical decision making and effective communication across disciplines. The program is also committed to cultivating a clinical environment that strives for excellence, embraces diversity, encourages innovation and fosters creativity. Through these efforts, we aim to increase the number of highly skilled and competent geriatric physical therapists, preparing them to serve the community as clinical specialists, advocates, mentors, scholars and investigators in the field of geriatrics.

Duration: 13 months
Accreditation: Developing (applying for candidacy status)
Apply through RF-PTCAS
Application deadline
: May 31, 2024
Selection for interview: Early June 2024
Interviews: June 2024
Admission decision
: End of June 2024
Program start: July 15, 2024
Clinic locations: The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Observation sites: Johns Hopkins Care at Home and Renaissance Skilled Nursing Facility at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Prerequisites: an applicant must be a graduate of an accredited physical therapy program and have a valid Maryland physical therapist license.  Please note, the FSBPT licensure exam must be taken in April 2024 to be able to enter the 2024/2025 cohort.
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Program Features

The residency provides exposure to various geriatric conditions, diagnoses and treatment methods across a wide range of clinical settings, including acute care, home, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient care. The curriculum covers all core competencies needed to prepare for and pass the APTA examination to become a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist.

  • Patient Care
    • Over 1,500 hours of clinical practice
    • Shadowing of various procedures and surgeries with referring providers including total joint replacement procedures
  • Mentorship
    • More than 150 hours of one-on-one clinical mentoring with board-certified clinicians
  • Instruction
    • Multi-disciplinary didactic curriculum consisting of synchronized and asynchronized content
    • Virtual and in-person classroom experiences
    • Attendance of the Johns Hopkins orthopaedic continuing education modules that focus on evaluation and manual treatment skills of the hip, knee, ankle, cervicothoracic, shoulder, elbow, hands and lumbopelvic regions
    • Option of taking one of two courses: Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults OR the Johns Hopkins University Clinical Vestibular Competency Course
    • Earn credits towards a masters, doctorate or post-doctorate degree including Masters of Public Health through enrollment in a three credit course on the Epidemiology of Aging at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • Research and Conferences
    • Participation in research activities and quality improvement initiatives
    • Attending the APTA CSM meeting
  • Interdisciplinary and Cross-Department Work
    • Collaboration with Johns Hopkins orthopaedic, neurologic and women’s health residency programs including dedicated time with an orthopaedic residency mentor.
    • Collaboration with faculty and other students with varying backgrounds (gerontologists, geriatricians, epidemiologists and biostatisticians) to learn how to conduct the multidisciplinary research needed to define models of healthy, productive aging and to explore prevention and intervention strategies to accomplish this goal.
    • Participation in community and interdepartmental engagement through journal clubs, in-service presentations and outreach programs.

Residency Program Director

Spencer Gonzaga, P.T., D.P.T., G.C.S.

Email: [email protected]

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