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Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency


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


One year program from August 1st through July 31st

Work Hours

The resident will work 30 hours per week and one weekend day a month as a salaried Duke employee (benefits included). The hours will likely include time in both the acute and outpatient settings.

Mentorship Activities

The resident will receive mentorship in the acute care and outpatient settings.  However, there are also opportunities for mentorship in school, early intervention, and inpatient rehab settings.  The resident will receive mentorship with hands on patient evaluation and treatment in each setting as well as casting/splinting, equipment evaluation, teaching, administration, and potentially research. Learning opportunities will include one on one mentorship; journal article review; lecturing; presentations for staff; attending pediatric grand rounds; observing surgery; various other learning experiences.
 Mentorship Hours:  20 hours per 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. The therapist must also have a strong desire to work in the area of pediatric physical therapy.

Requirements for successful completion of residency program

The resident will have successfully demonstrated clinical and didactic pediatric physical therapy competencies consistent with the Pediatric 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.

Mail together completed application, essays, transcripts, recommendations and twenty-five dollar application fee made out to the Duke Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy in one envelope to the following address:

Mike Schmidt, PT, DPT, GCS, OCS, FAAOMPT
Pediatric Residency Program
Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Duke University Medical Center
Box 3965, Durham NC 27710
919 668-1389


For August 1, 2022-July 31, 2023 Residency

2020 Pediatric Program Outcomes

Program Year # of Residents # Graduated Board Certified
2008-2009 1 1 Yes
2009-2010 1 1 Yes
2010-2011 1 1 Yes
2011-2012 1 1 Yes
2012-2013 1 1 Yes
2013-2014 1 1 Yes
2014-2015 1 1 Yes
2015-2016 1 1 Yes
2016-2017 1 1 Yes
2017-2018 1 1 Yes
2018-2019 1 1 Yes
2019-2020 1 1 In process
2020-2021 1 In Process In process