The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the George Washington University pediatric residency begins in the acute care environment and progresses to pediatric rehabilitation, school system and early intervention, and outpatient service delivery. The goal is to build a strong foundation and gain clinical experience within the pediatric continuum of care. Residents enjoy a personalized, didactic program and are expected to participate in scholarly activities. Upon successful completion, a resident will become a clinical expert capable of providing comprehensive, world-class physical therapy for pediatric patients. Program graduates will have the foundation to positively impact the field of pediatric physical therapy throughout their career.
Duration: 13.5 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: February 1, 2022
Admission decision: Mid-March
Program start: Mid-August
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: 6 graduates since 2016
Specialty exam pass rate: 100%
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This was the best decision of my career! It is a year of hard work, and more hard work, but most definitely it’s worth it. You will grow and be pushed to be the best clinician and one who is respected in your field. I was nervous about moving across the country to do a residency, but I would do it again!
- One-on-one mentoring
- Face-to-face academic teaching experience at the George Washington University in the spring semester
- A variety of hospital-based multidisciplinary rounds and learning experiences
- Choice of pursuing a research or quality improvement project
- Opportunity to participate in the APTA Combined Sections Meeting
- Opportunity to participate in community service projects/camps and observe pertinent state and federal legal processes impacting the field of physical therapy
Residency Program Director
Daniel McKee, PT, DPT | Class of 2022Undergraduate school: University of Maryland College Park, bachelor's in kinesiology with a minor in neuroscience
Graduate school: Marymount University, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Bel Air, Maryland
Professional interests: cerebral palsy, complex movement disorders, NICU/ PICU, adaptive fitness, multidisciplinary clinics
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of the complexity of patients seen from all over the world, multidisciplinary approach to care, research opportunities, teaching at GWU and expertise of mentors in a variety of settings and patient populations.
What I like about Baltimore: The pride and culture, not to mention the Old Bay-covered crabs and excitement in the city around game days!
Julie Miller, PT, DPT | Class of 2021Undergraduate school: University of Maryland College Park, bachelor's in kinesiology with a minor in human development
Graduate school: Drexel University, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Catonsville, Maryland
Professional interests: neurological impairments, spinal muscular atrophy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, pediatric cardiac care, medically complex infants
- Primary clinical investigator in drug and gene therapy studies for spinal muscular atrophy and Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Lead investigator in a quality improvement study entitled "Positioning of Infants in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Project"
- Participated as a novice SMA clinician evaluator in the research study "The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Letter Phenotype Scale: a Retrospective Review"
Megan Drews, PT, DPT, PCS | Class of 2020Undergraduate school: University of Washington, bachelor’s in biology-physiology with a minor in music
Graduate school: Washington University in St. Louis, program in physical therapy
Hometown: Kirkland, Washington
Professional interests: pediatric chronic pain, pediatric sport rehabilitation and performance, concussions, headache/migraine, vestibular rehabilitation, splinting and bracing
- Physical therapist in the Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Presenter at the Johns Hopkins Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference: "Use of the Human Movement System to Guide the Physical Therapy Treatment of the Complex Critically Ill Pediatric Patient after Cardiac Surgery: A Case Report"
- Clinical evaluator in a research study on vestibular function in patients with cystic fibrosis
- Credentialed Clinical Instructor
Jennifer Resetar, PT, DPT, PCS | Class of 2019Undergraduate school: Wake Forest University, bachelor’s in health and exercise science
Graduate school: University of Illinois at Chicago, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Lake Forest, Illinois
Professional interests: prematurity, torticollis, early intervention services, academic and clinical teaching
- Co-authored Chapter 13, Physical Therapy for Pediatric Conditions in the 6th edition of the textbook "Introduction to Physical Therapy"
- Adjunct Faculty at the Virginia Commonwealth University DPT program
- Co-presenter of “A Healthy Day: Promoting Health in Early Childhood” at the 2021 APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference
- Pediatric Therapy Team Member of the Year Award 2020 at SOAR365
Katherine Denlinger, PT, DPT, PCS | Class of 2018Undergraduate school: Luther College, B.A. in biology
Graduate school: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota
Professional interests: neurologic impairments, neurodevelopment, chronic and complex critical illness, vestibular rehabilitation, headache/migraine management, cystic fibrosis
- Lead investigator in research titled "Psychometric Testing of the Activity Measure for Post Acute Care (AM-PAC) in Pediatric Acute Care" which has been published in the July 2021 edition of the APTA Pediatric Physical Therapy journal
- Presenter of research on the AM-PAC on the Pediatric Physical Therapy podcast
Alex Parra, PT, DPT, PCS | Class of 2017Read Q&A with Alex about her experience in the program.
Undergraduate school: California State University San Marcos; pre-physical therapy
Graduate school: University of Southern California; doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: San Diego, California
Professional interests: medically complex infants, connective tissues disorders, torticollis and plagiocephaly, developmental delay, toe walking, temporomandibular joint disorders, adaptive tryke building with Charm City Trykers
- Established outpatient pediatric clinic
- President and co-founder of Charm City Trykers, Inc., a local non-profit division of AMBUCS that provides adaptive trykes for children with disabilities
- Assisted with initiation of Go Baby Go program in the Washington, D.C. area
Jessica Raspen, PT, DPT, PCS | Class of 2016Undergraduate school: New York Institute of Technology; life sciences
Graduate school: New York Institute of Technology; doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Williston Park, New York
Professional interests: infant development, torticollis, post-NICU care, adaptive equipment
- Assists with the Pediatric coursework at the University of Kentucky
- Created video that is included in the text: "Meeting The Physical Therapy Needs of Children" by Susan Effgan
- Serves as part of the residency panel at University of Kentucky
- Credentialed Clinical Instructor