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Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Delaware Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency focuses on the rehabilitation of complex patients in the acute care setting. The residency features intense learning, leadership and broad clinical exposure to medically complex patients across the continuum in a hospital. This residency accomplishes in a year what may otherwise take many years to achieve professionally. A one-of-a-kind collaborative clinical practice, concentrated didactics and classroom teaching opportunities will prepare you to practice at a high level in the acute care setting. It also prepares you for early candidacy and subsequent promotion along the clinical ladder beyond the level of peers without specialty residency experience.

Duration: 12 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: February 1, 2023
Interview decision: March
Interview: Mid-March
Program start: Late August/Early September
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: 8 graduates since 2015
First-time specialty exam pass rate: N/A
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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.

Program Features

  • Clinical rotations on all acute care rehabilitation services: 2-3 months in cardiac, general medicine, general surgery and trauma, neurosciences and oncology, plus shorter experiential rotations in critical care and wound care
  • 27-30 hours of direct patient care a week
  • 1:1 mentoring 3 hours a week, which includes co-treating patients
  • Didactic learning
  • Teaching assistant role at the University of Delaware during the fall semester and winter intersession
  • Research activities assisting primary investigators with increasing patient activity and mobility or other research projects 

Residency Program Director

Gabrielle Steinhorn, PT, DPT

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Current Resident

Lydia Vincent, PT, DPT | Class of 2023

Undergraduate school: Bob Jones University, bachelor's in health science
Graduate school: University of Indianapolis, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Professional interests: solid organ transplant, critical care, educating future therapists and patients effectively, clinical research
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose the Johns Hopkins acute care residency to further develop my skills as a clinician in patient care, mentorship and research in an environment known for excellent collaborative care with exceptional patient outcomes. I love the diverse patient population served at Hopkins and the opportunities for mentorship across the whole continuum of the acute care setting.
What I like about Baltimore: Food scene, being near the water, all the hiking/running places, super close to a lot of neat places to explore!
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Residency Alumni

  • Caitlin Gopie, PT, DPT | Class of 2022

    Undergraduate school: Oregon State University, bachelor's in kinesiology
    Graduate school: Columbia University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: New Port Richey, Florida
    Professional interests: cardiopulmonary, neurological and geriatric physical therapy
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose John Hopkins because I want to pursue the specific learning and knowledge opportunities this program offers in order to allow for me to grow as a clinician and make an impact on the field of physical therapy.
    What I like about Baltimore: I am moving to Baltimore for this program and am excited to explore the area!
    headshot of Caitlin Gopie
  • Robert Kupsho, PT, DPT | Class of 2021

    Undergraduate school: Lebanon Valley College, bachelor's in biology
    Graduate school: Lebanon Valley College, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Hazleton, Pennsylvania
    Professional interests: educating future therapists, performing clinical research, the role of cognitive behavioral therapy in treating chronic illness
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I wanted the opportunity to advance my professional career quickly in a fast-paced medical environment with mentorship from experienced clinicians, and to learn at an institution with a robust reputation for excellent patient care quality.
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  • Heather Littier, PT, DPT | Class of 2019

    Undergraduate school: Virginia Tech; bachelor's in animal and poultry sciences and master's in dairy sciences with focus on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic stewardship
    Graduate school: Marymount Univeristy; doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
    Professional interests: critical care, research, and educating future physical therapists
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with clinicians who practice at the highest level in the acute care setting, the diversity of the patient population, and the teaching and research components of the residency
    What I like about Baltimore: There’s always something to do and so many new places to explore – and it’s very dog friendly!
    portrait of Heather Littier
  • Stephanie Hiser, PT, DPT | Class of 2016

    Stephanie also completed our critical care fellowship. Read her Q&A about her experience with both programs.

    Undergraduate school: Lipscomb University; bachelor’s in exercise science
    Graduate school: University of Miami; doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Glasgow, Kentucky
    Professional interests: clinical research on critically ill patients 
    What I like about Baltimore: the variety of restaurants 

    portrait of Stephanie Hiser
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