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Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

Our Mission

Our mission at Duke’s Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency is to provide an in-depth experience in the management of pediatrics across the continuum of care.

What Makes Our Program Unique

Duke Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center with a Level IV NICU. As part of this hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked #1 in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report. Duke Children’s Hospital consists of 128 acute care/ICU beds, 67 NICU beds and multiple specialty outpatient clinics.

Duke’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department has three outpatient pediatric clinics serving children throughout the region. The Duke Pediatric Residency emphasizes one-on-one, hands-on mentorship and routinely exceeds the minimum number of required mentorship hours by the ABPTRFE.

Highlights of Our Program

The resident will receive mentorship in the acute care and outpatient settings throughout the entire year.  We partner with area facilities to provide 1–3-week mentorship opportunities in the school system, early intervention and inpatient rehab.

The resident will receive hands-on mentorship for patient evaluation and treatment in each setting as well as additional exposure to casting/splinting, equipment evaluations, teaching, administration responsibilities and the NICU. Additional learning opportunities will include journal article reviews, lecturing to DPT students, online didactic education, presentations to staff, attending pediatric grand rounds, and observing surgery.

How to Apply

Anyone with a strong desire to work in pediatric physical therapy should apply. It is strongly encouraged that all applicants have had at least one prior clinical affiliation in a pediatric setting.

Applications open October 1st, 2023. Interested individuals can fill out an application via RF-PTCAS to apply.  All applications for the 2024 – 2025 residency are due by December 1, 2023.

Financial Information

Click here to see the ABPTRFE Program Financial Fact Sheet for this program. 

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