Throughout the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, students are challenged to think beyond the traditional applications for physical therapy. While many students head straight into practicing physical therapy after graduation, others opt for continued training.
Duke PT and OT offer several residency opportunities through the Duke University Health System. Duke faculty serve as mentors in these programs, and the Duke PT fellows and residents often assist in teaching classes and electives in the Duke DPT curriculum. We are proud to say that we have had at least one alum graduate from each of the Duke PT and OT residency programs.
Duke Health residencies
Physical Therapy Faculty Development: This program, run by DPT, helps develop the next generation of PT faculty.
Women’s Health: Started by Professor Carol Figuers, this program was the first of its kind in the nation, and the first PT residency at Duke. It provides an in-depth experience in the management of women’s health and wellness, including pelvic floor dysfunction, prenatal and postpartum concerns, oncologic issues, and complex osteoporosis.
Cardiopulmonary: Duke's Cardiopulmonary PT residency offers an in-depth experience in the management of complex cardiac and pulmonary conditions.
Pediatrics: Duke's Pediatric Physical Therapy residency provides an in-depth experience in the management of pediatrics across the continuum of care.
Sports Physical Therapy: The mission of the Duke Sports Physical Therapist residency is 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.
Orthopedic Physical Therapist: This Duke residency offers an in-depth experience in the management of orthopedics.
Duke PT and OT offer several fellowship opportunities, and more are planned.
Anyone who graduates from the DPT program can apply for a fellowship. Those who wish to specialize or advance their career in the field of physical therapy should consider applying for fellowships.
Duke Health fellowships
Sports Medicine: Duke's PT Sports Fellowship provides an in-depth experience in the management of complex knee and shoulder problems for recreational athletes, with a defined subspecialty in the management of Division I Athletes.
Orthopedic Manual Therapy: Duke's Manual PT Fellowship develops and graduates practitioners who are committed to promoting optimum health and function of their clients and through teaching, administration and research.
Residency and fellowship programs
Graduates of Duke DPT have also gone on to residency and fellowship programs at: