How many people are usually accepted into the program each year?
We accept one resident per year.
As a full-time employee at the hospital, how is the resident compensated?
The residency position is a full-time salaried position paid at 30 hours per week with benefits. You may also be able to defer your student loans during the year of your residency.
What does a typical workweek look like?
The resident works 30 hours per week as a salaried employee with a minimum of three additional hours per week of one-on-one time with a clinical mentor. There are eight hours each week set aside for additional clinical and/or didactic learning. We anticipate the resident will average 50 hours per week on residency-related work.
Is the didactic coursework in a classroom format?
Didactic content is provided through the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium. This includes eight days of on-site coursework (in Los Angeles), participation in 27 weekly evening webinars from June to November and an online journal club from January through May.
Does the residency program affiliate with the Duke DPT school, and does it require teaching in the university setting?
The resident serves as a teaching assistant, along with DPT program faculty, to mentor students in the classroom as they work in small groups to provide care to community members who have a variety of neurologic diagnoses.
How long is the program?
The program is 12 months long.
Do you accept new graduates into your program?
Yes, we will consider new graduates who have clinical experience with neurologic populations.
Do you accept international applicants?
Yes, provided they are licensed to practice in North Carolina. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor international applicants in their bid for licensure.
What characteristics does an ideal candidate possess?
To be successful in the application process, an applicant should demonstrate a strong academic background, excellent work ethic, commitment to deepening their understanding of neurologic physical therapy, and be a self-directed learner. Ideally, candidates will have some experience working with patients who have neurologic conditions as well as continuing education that indicates interest in neurologic rehabilitation. Beyond these expectations, we look for applicants who are curious and show intellectual and cultural humility.
Are there opportunities for research activities?
Application of evidence in practice to justify evaluation and intervention choices for patients is a foundational skill of this residency. Residents are able to pursue self-directed learning activities during the residency year which may involve the development of an evidence-based department resource or other such opportunities.