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Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency

The one year residency in women’s health at Duke University is designed to prepare a Physical Therapist to provide competent clinical care for the following medical problems:
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Prenatal and postpartum concerns
  • Oncologic issues/Lymphedema
  • Complex osteoporosis
The Resident will be employed as a staff Physical Therapist in the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Duke University, and will provide clinical service coverage for 30 hours per week. This may include women’s health care coverage, but is non-mentored time. The Resident will spend 16-20 hours per week in mentored time with one or more of the faculty of the residency program. The structure of the schedule will depend upon both the current clinical needs as well as the mentoring experiences available. The Resident will be able to spend mentoring time with each of the faculty, and gain knowledge from their varied specialty areas.
Resident Learning Activities/Expectations:
  • Patient care in women’s health – e.g. musculoskeletal pain in pregnancy/postpartum; urinary incontinence in women and men; pelvic pain; post-mastectomy lymphedema; postural faults and pain in patients with osteoporosis
  • Education/Teaching – e.g. participation in the Duke DPT Women’s Health Elective course; teaching community lectures on women’s health; leading a postpartum exercise class; attendance of Duke Women’s Health lecture series; observation of OB/GYN clinical practice and surgical interventions; participation in APTA Combined Sections Meeting
  • Research – participation in ongoing women’s health research at Duke University
Admission Requirements:
  • The applicant should be a licensed Physical Therapist. Some clinical exposure to Women’s Health Physical Therapy is encouraged. Completion of a Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation course (Level 1 at minimum) is required.


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 Fellowship

Year Admitted Graduated Board Certified following year
2005-06 1 1 yes
2006-07 1 1 yes
2007-08 2 2 Yes for both
2008-09 1 1 yes
2009-10 2 2 Yes for   both
2010-11 1 1 yes
2011-12 1 1 yes
2012-13 1 1 yes
2013-14 1 1 yes
2014-15 1 1 yes
2015-16 1 1 yes
2016-17 1 1 yes
2017-18 1 1 yes
2018-19 1 1 yes
2019-20 1 1 In process