The Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Delaware Neurologic Residency prepares residents to apply for the neurologic specialty certification and positions them for advancement along the clinical ladder.
Duration: 12.5 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: January 31, 2022
Interviews: February 22 - March 4, 2022 (in-person vs. virtual TBD)
Program start: September 6, 2022
Prerequisites: Applicant must be a graduate from an accredited physical therapy program, have a valid Maryland and Delaware physical therapist licenses or be eligible to take the licensing exam by the time of the interview. Please note that we do not sponsor visas for international applicants.
Number of graduates: 15 graduates since 2011
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.
While it may seem like a big commitment, it was a wonderful learning experience filled with great people and countless opportunities. The residency helped me find focus for my career as far as rehabilitation setting, patient population, research and teaching interests.
The residency includes the following units:
- Introduction and orientation to facilities
- Acute care
- Comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation unit
- Outpatient neurorehabilitation experience
- Specialized clinical management
- Clinical education supervising
- Academic teaching
Residency Program Coordinator
Amit Grewal, PT, DPT | Class of 2021Undergraduate school: University of South Florida, bachelor's in integrative animal biology
Graduate school: Emory University, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Professional interests: gait training in neurological populations, vestibular rehabilitation, acute rehabilitation
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: Something I personally look for in a program is a collaborative and inclusive team environment. Johns Hopkins truly values an interdisciplinary approach to treatment for each patient population, which allows them to think outside the box and be creative and inventive with evidence-based interventions.
What I like about Baltimore: Living near the Inner Harbor, I really enjoy the views and local shops and parks, as well as the city atmosphere.
Alison Herrera, PT, DPT, LSVT-BIG | Class of 2021Undergraduate school: University of South Carolina, bachelor's in exercise science
Graduate school: Emory University, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Professional interests: neurodegenerative diseases, vestibular rehabilitation, high-intensity training post-stroke
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of the research-driven aspect to patient care. I also wanted to experience working in a large teaching hospital with an emphasis on interdisciplinary care with the medical and rehabilitation team members. I also preferred the hands-on clinical instructor aspect working with the University of Delaware.
What I like about Baltimore: I enjoy the views from the harbor and the public parks.
Marielle Handley, PT, DPT, CSCS | Class of 2020Undergraduate school: University of Massachusetts Lowell, bachelor's in exercise physiology
Graduate school: University of Connecticut, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Durham, Connecticut
Professional interests: high-intensity locomotor training after stroke, motor learning theory
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of the hospital’s robust tradition of patient advocacy through discovery and innovation, which offered me a unique opportunity to advance my professional and service goals for individuals with neurologic conditions.
What I like about Baltimore: The people! Baltimore is a unique and lively city. Working in the city provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with leading professionals in the healthcare field while also giving back to the city’s community members.
Casey Houlihan, PT, DPT | Class of 2020Undergraduate school: Marquette University, bachelor's in exercise physiology
Graduate school: Marquette University, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Tinley Park, Illinois
Professional interests: neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injuries, community reintegration
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for the opportunity to work in a large teaching hospital system that emphasizes research-driven care. I preferred the self-driven nature of this residency’s didactic sessions and the hands-on teaching experience at University of Delaware.
What I like about Baltimore: I love the views at the harbor, the salsa dancing scene and the unique shopping in Hampden.
Rachael Arabian, PT, DPT | Class of 2019Undergraduate school: University of Nevada in Reno, bachelor's in political science and military science (Commissioned U.S. Army Officer)
Graduate school: Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Professional interests: specializing in neurological rehabilitation and collaborating with current and future leaders in the field and providing excellent evidence-based care
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins to develop my ability to work in a fast-paced academic medical environment with distinct leaders and innovators in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
What I like about Baltimore: large and diverse fellowship, resident and medical student population
Julia Falkenklous, PT, DPT | Class of 2019Undergraduate school: Fairmont State University, bachelor's in exercise science
Graduate school: Shenandoah University, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Reisterstown, Maryland
Professional interests: early mobility, Parkinson’s Disease, Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: to get the best education in neurologic physical therapy
What I like about Baltimore: ravens!
Nicole Biltz, PT, DPT | Class of 2018Undergraduate school: University of Michigan, bachelor's in cellular and molecular biology
Graduate school: Washington University in St. Louis, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Midland, Michigan
Professional interests: neurology, research, academia
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: opportunity to collaborate with leading professionals in my field of interest and exposure to interesting patient diagnoses
What I like about Baltimore: many young professionals in the area leading to opportunities for finding people with similar interests (sports, breweries, hiking, etc.)
Megan Ziegler, PT, DPT | Class of 2018Undergraduate school: University of Delaware, bachelor's in Spanish
Graduate school: University of Delaware, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Professional interests: working with the neurologic patient population and involvement in clinical education
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose to work at Johns Hopkins so that I could work with and learn from passionate individuals dedicated to providing the best care to each patient.
What I like about Baltimore: rooftop decks and Sunday brunch by the water.
Rachel Reoli, PT, DPT, NCS | Class of 2016Read a Q&A with Rachel about her experience in the program.
Undergraduate school: Allegheny College, bachelor's in neuroscience and psychology
Graduate school: The George Washington University in Washington, DC; doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Perryopolis, Pennsylvania
Professional interests: cerebellar ataxia