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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Duke PT Orthopaedic Residency Alumni Reflections


To offer an in-depth experience in the management of orthopedics across the continuum.


One year program from August 1st through July 31st.

Work Hours

The resident will be involved with direct patient care for 30 hours per week. In addition, focused didactic (educational) activities and one-on-one mentoring are performed for a combined total of 20 hours per week.

Job Responsibilities

The setting for employment at Duke will vary depending on the needs of the department and the learning needs of the resident. Employment in the inpatient department focuses on the spine, trauma, and joint replacement units; within the outpatient departments patients are seen in multiple ambulatory clinics to allow for a mix of patient populations. Residents will be expected to do six months in the inpatient setting and six months in outpatient as a requirement of our program.

Mentorship Activities

The resident will receive mentorship in acute care, outpatient ambulatory, and sports physical therapy. Mentorship will include hands on patient evaluation and treatment in each setting as well as teaching, administration, and potentially research. Learning opportunities will include one on-one-mentorship; journal article review; lecturing; academic teaching assistant to entry-level physical therapy students; attending sports and orthopedic grand rounds; observing surgery; interaction with sports and manual therapy fellows and residents; and various other learning experiences.
Mentorship Hours :  Minimum of 150 hours of one-on-one mentoring throughout the residency, averaging 3+ hours/week.

Requirements for admission

The therapist must have graduated from an accredited physical therapy program and be licensed in the state of North Carolina by the start of the residency.

Requirements for successful completion of residency program

The resident will have successfully demonstrated clinical and didactic orthopedic physical therapy competencies consistent with the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Description of Advanced Clinical Practice of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties by achieving an overall cumulative grade point average of 80% or higher on written and practical exams in the acute care and outpatient settings prior to completion of the residency.

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

We will be transitioning to RFPTCAS for applications shortly.

A link will be made available to apply to our program at that time.


For August 1, 2023-July 31, 2024 Residency

Orthopedic Residency
Year of Program # Admitted # Graduated Board certified the following year
2012-2013 1 1 1
2013-2014 1 0 1
2014-2015 2 2 2
2015-2016 2 2 2
2016-2017 1 1 1
2017-2018 1 1 0
2018-2019 1 1 1
2019-2020 1 1 In Process
2020-2021 1 In Process In Process