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Is the Duke Oncologic Physical Therapy Residency affiliated with Duke University or Duke Hospital?

The residency program is a clinical residency through Duke Hospital.

How many people are usually accepted into the program each year?

We currently 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.

What does a typical workweek look like?

The resident works 30 hours (three 10-hour days) per week as a salaried employee and receives approximately 12-16 hours per week of one-on-one mentorship in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The resident is responsible for completing didactic readings and projects outside of clinic hours.  

Is the didactic coursework in a classroom format?

No, the resident is responsible for reading didactic content independently. A weekly curriculum is provided, and mentors are available during the week to answer questions.

Do residents work weekends?

Yes, the resident will work one weekend day (either Saturday or Sunday) every five weeks.

Does the residency program affiliate with the Duke DPT school, and does it require teaching in the university setting?  

The resident will have an opportunity to TA for the Duke DPT Oncology elective course. Additional teaching opportunities may be available if there is a strong interest in teaching.

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.

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 oncologic physical therapy and be a self-directed learner. Ideally, candidates will have some experience working with cancer survivors as well as continuing education that indicates interest in cancer rehabilitation. Beyond these expectations, we look for applicants who are curious and show intellectual and cultural humility.

Do you accept international applicants?

No, unfortunately we are unable to sponsor international applicants in their bid for licensure or residency and fellowship education.