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Is the Duke Pediatric 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 accept one pediatric 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. Typically, this includes 8 hours per week in the outpatient setting and 22 hours in acute care. There are approximately 10 hours per week of one-on-one mentorship with patients and 10 hours per week to complete didactic reading and projects.

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 month. This is in addition to their 50-hour week.

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

The resident provides TA opportunities in a couple pediatric labs and in small group sessions with a patient. They also present one lecture but could increase this 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 who had a long-term clinical experience in pediatrics.

Do you accept international applicants?

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

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

Are there opportunities for research activities?

The resident will have the opportunity to complete a case study and can submit that for publication (although publication would likely not occur during the residency year). There are occasional opportunities for the resident to participate in other research projects, but this is not typical nor guaranteed.