Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency

The Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency aims to provide educational and clinical experiences that foster the development of patient-centered clinicians and educators who utilize evidence-based practice and sound clinical and inter-professional communication to deliver outstanding care in women's health physical therapy. In this way, we are committed to increasing the number of highly skilled women's health physical therapy clinicians for the community, quality educators and mentors for the physical therapy profession and clinicians who are involved in scholarly activity and research within the field of women's health.

Duration: 13 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: December 29, 2023
Interview decision: January 5, 2024
Interviews: January 26, 2024
Program start: July 15, 2024
Clinic locations: Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Green Spring Station, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The George Washington University (non-clinical site; teaching experience)
Prerequisites: Applicant must be a graduate from an accredited physical therapy program, hold a valid Maryland physical therapist license or be eligible to obtain one. Please note the FSBPT licensure exam must be taken in April 2024 to be able to enter the 2024/2025 cohort.
Number of graduates: 6
Completion rate: 100%
First-time specialty exam pass rate: 100%
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Please click the pay application link to pay the supplementary $50 application fee. Application will not be processed until the fee is received and application is complete. All fees are non-refundable.

Program Features

The residency will provide exposure to various pelvic floor dysfunctions and treatment methods among several patient populations, including women, men, transgender individuals, pregnancy/postpartum patients, as well as oncology, neurology, and sports medicine/orthopaedic patient populations. Learning and professional development opportunities include:

  • Receiving more than 150 hours of one-on-one clinical mentorship with board-certified clinicians.
  • Obtaining 1,500 hours of clinical practice.
  • Attending the Academy of Pelvic Health Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) series that will be held at Johns Hopkins to enable submission for CAPP-Pelvic certification prior to completion of residency.
  • Attending orthopaedic continuing education modules offered at Johns Hopkins with focus on evaluation and manual treatment skills of the lumbar spine, pelvic girdle and hip.
  • Integrating with the Johns Hopkins orthopaedic and sports residency programs, including dedicated time with an orthopaedic residency mentor during the first trimester.
  • Training with lymphedema therapists.
  • Shadowing various procedures and surgeries with referring providers in urogynecology, gastroenterology, transgender clinics, etc.
  • Participating in research activities and clinical practice guideline development.
  • Serving as an instructor and lab assistant in an entry-level physical therapy program program and physical therapy assistant program.
  • Attending the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting.
  • Participating in community and interdepartmental engagement through journal clubs and in-service presentations.

Residency Program Director

Nora Arnold, PT, DPT, WCS

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Residency Coordinator 

Madeline Urban, PT, DPT, WCS

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Current Residents | Class of 2024

Kianna Stiffler, PT, DPT


Undergraduate school and degree: Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, bachelor’s in clinical health studies
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Professional interests: sexual dysfunction, gender-affirming Care, pre/post-partum care
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I like the orthopedic and pelvic focus to start, as I believe it’s important to be a good generalist in conjunction to being a good specialist. I also value the strong connection the residency program has to the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender and Gender Expansive Health, as this is one of my top professional interests. Lastly, once I had my interview, the PT staff atmosphere was immaculate, and I knew it was the best fit for me.
What I like about Baltimore: Living near the waterfront and being just a few minutes-worth of a walk to the best restaurants, parks, museums, and harbor views Baltimore has to offer! Every neighborhood has its own vibe, so it's fun immersing myself in each new neighborhood I explore.

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Janelle Oduro-Adjei, PT, DPT


Undergraduate school and degree: Northeastern University, bachelor's in rehabilitation science
Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts
Professional interests: black maternal health, equity in health care, postpartum care, mental health
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose this program because of the access to resources that would help illuminate the intersection of pelvic health and maternal health. This program provides a platform to support marginalized groups with quality care.
What I like about Baltimore: Two words: the food! I am drawn to cities like Baltimore that have an eclectic collection of food places. Along the inner harbor the urban yet suburban mix of residential spaces makes for a lovely stroll.

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Program Alumni