Alumni Residency and Fellowship Programs

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 Rehabilitation Services offers several residency and fellowship 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 Rehab residency and fellowship programs.

Duke Health Residencies

  • Physical Therapy Faculty Development: This program, run by DPT, helps develop the next generation of PT faculty.

  • Women’s HealthStarted 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.
  • CardiopulmonaryDuke'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 TherapyThe 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 TherapistThis Duke residency offers an in-depth experience in the management of orthopedics.
  • Oncologic Physical TherapyThe Resident will be employed as a staff Physical Therapist in the Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, and will provide clinical service coverage 30 hours per week in the Duke PT and OT Oncologic Division.
  • Neurologic Physical Therapy: The resident will receive didactic training, have opportunities to teach, and be exposed to specialty clinics, including ALS, concussion, movement disorders, low vision, neuro-oncology, vestibular and dizziness, wheelchair fitting, orthotic and prosthetic, neuropsychology and EMG/NCV.

Duke DPT alumni

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 TherapyDuke's Manual PT Fellowship develops and graduates practitioners who are committed to promoting optimal health and function of their clients through teaching, administration, and research.

Residency and fellowship programs

Graduates of Duke DPT have also gone on to these residency and fellowship programs at: