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Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency


To develop and graduate practitioners, who by virtue of their critical thinking ability, clinical skills, diagnostic competence, and ethical standards are committed to promoting the optimum health and function of their clients, and who will serve the larger society and profession through teaching, administration and research.

Program Components


  • Didactic training and journal clubs provided through the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium.
    • Includes two four-day live courses, a 26-webinar weekly series, and participation in journal clubs
  • On-site learning experiences including specialty clinics, grand rounds presentations, neuroscience core curriculum provided by attending neurologists
  • Interdisciplinary observations including (but not limited to) swallowing evaluations, neurological surgeries, medical rounds with physician-led teams, and respiratory care practitioners
  • Neurodiagnostic and vascular imaging mentoring with experts in the field
  • Opportunity to attend conferences or workshops that support the objectives and mission of the residency including APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Emory Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course and North Carolina Physical Therapy Annual Conference
  • Access to online MedBridge curriculum to supplement apropos instruction of residency as well as preparation for clinical speciality examination

Teaching Opportunities

  • Adult Movement Matters Program
    • Provides supervisory guidance to a group of between four and six Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy students during their Movement Matters experience
    • Represents an opportunity for patients with neurological deficits to receive physical therapy services pro bono, under the guidance of a licensed clinician
    • Responsibilities include facilitating the learners to appropriately generate an evidence-based and patient-centered evaluation and treatment plan that will improve functional outcomes for the management of neurological dysfunction
    • Receive regular, timely feedback and will receive supervision while being evaluated as an educator by the course director

Specialty Clinics

  • Exposure to wide range of diagnoses included in the APTA Neurological Description of Specialty Practice
    • Stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Guillain-Barre, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis
  • Opportunities to observe specialty clinics within the Duke Health system
    • ALS, concussion, movement disorders, low vision, neuro-oncology, vestibular and dizziness, wheelchair fitting, orthotic and prosthetic, neuropsychology and EMG/NCV


  • Intensive 12-month program comprised of:
    • 6 months at Duke University Hospital Neuro ICU and Neuro Stepdown Units
    • 6 months at Lenox Baker for outpatient neuro
    • Observation opportunities at Duke Regional Institute Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Mentored Time

  • Receives greater than 150 hours of 1:1 patient-centered mentored time with residency faculty,
    • All faculty have the distinguished honor of ABPTS Neurologic Specialist (NCS) Certification
    • Structured mentoring time allows the resident and mentor to reflect on achievements made towards residents’ goals
      • Focus on professional growth and development and improvements in neurological examination, evaluation and plan of care

Mike Schmidt, PT, DPT, MHA
Director of Duke’s Resideny and Fellowship Programming
Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
919 668-1323

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For August 1, 2023-July 31, 2024 Residency

Our Outcomes
Since starting the neurology residency in 2017, our program has accepted five residents. Of these, all five have gone on to graduate and become board certified neurology specialists with the exception of our most recent graduate who is waiting to take the specialist exam.