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 knowledge needed to become a well-rounded, board-certified sports clinical specialist. 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.

Duration: 13 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: December 29, 2023
Interview decision: January 5, 2024
Interview: January 26, 2024
Program start: July 15, 2024
Clinic locations: Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center - White Marsh, Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Green Spring Station, Musculoskeletal Center at Columbia, IMG Academy; training room and on-field coverage performed at local high school and IMG Academy facilities
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, and have one of the following: (a) approved Emergency Responder Certification, (b) Athletic Training Certification, or (c) EMT license. Please note, the FSBPT licensure exam must be taken in April 2024 to be able to enter the 2024/2025 cohort.
Number of graduates: 9 graduates since 2017
Completion rate: 90%
First-time specialty exam pass rate: 100%
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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.

The sports residency has made me a much better therapist. The part that I find distinguishes this residency from others is the emphasis on orthopedic population alongside the sports focus. Taking orthopedic courses and training to treat these diagnoses has set my level of care apart from others.

Patrick Griffin, class of 2017

Program Features

The residency includes the following units:

  • Over 150 hours of one-on-one clinical mentorship
  • Over 200 hours of sports venue and athletic training room coverage at the high school level
  • Over 100 hours of sports and orthopedic didactic education at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 1,500 hours of clinical practice
  • Clinical environment, including gait and motion analysis, antigravity treadmills and state-of-the-art modalities
  • Conference attendance at Combined Sections Meetings
  • Teaching and outreach opportunities

Residency Program Director

Nate McClain, PT, DPT, SCS

Email: [email protected]

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Residency Program Coordinator

Keelin Godsey, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, FAAOMPT

Email: [email protected]

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Program Faculty

Our program faculty can be found at our Maryland clinics in White Marsh, Green Spring Station and Columbia and at the IMG Academy in Florida.

Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center - White Marsh

Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Green Spring Station

Musculoskeletal Center at Columbia

Johns Hopkins All Children’s at IMG Academy

Current Residents | Class of 2024

Randy Cornejo, PT, DPT, CSCS

Undergraduate school: Texas A&M University, bachelor's of science in kinesiology with a concentration in motor behavior with a minor in neuroscience
Graduate school: The University of North Texas Health Science Center, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Conroe, Texas
Professional interests: ACL rehab, treating tendinopathies, optimizing performance, treating high level football athletes
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: What attracted me to Johns Hopkins was the opportunity to learn from so many great clinicians to help establish my foundation as a sports physical therapist. As well as the combination of the orthopedic and sports didactic curriculums, which made Hopkins unique. Another factor that influenced my decision was the 3 month rotation at IMG Academy and having the opportunity to learn from great providers in Florida, as well as treating high level youth athletes.

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Maxwell Ji, PT, DPT, CSCS

Undergraduate school: University of Washington, bachelor's of science in biochemistry
Graduate school: Emory University, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Redmond, Washington
Professional interests: ACLR rehabilitation, return-to-sport/performance training, collegiate & professional sports
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: This program offers a comprehensive learning experience, not only with in-depth orthopaedic and sports modules, but also with pelvic health and other courses that play a significant role in athletics. The affiliation and experience working with a top 5 high school football program/the high caliber athletes at IMG Academy also brought my interest to this program. Lastly, this program creates a personalized residency for each resident depending on their interests.

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Brittni Thompson, PT, DPT, MS

Undergraduate school: University of Tampa, bachelor's of science in allied health with a concentration in physical therapy services with a minor in psychology
Graduate school: University of Delaware, doctorate in physical therapy and master's in clinical health sciences
Hometown: Trinidad and Tobago
Professional interests: general sports performance, soccer, end-stage rehab
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: One of the main factors that attracted me to Johns Hopkins is its exceptional mentoring program which I believe is key, especially for new graduates. Additionally, the hospitals standing relationship with schools covering a wide range of sport including soccer which is significant for me. Lastly, Johns Hopkins' affiliation with IMG Academy further solidified my decision.

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Program Alumni