DPT Faculty Development Residency

Our Faculty Development Residency program is the first of its kind and one of only four in the nation accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

The Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy Division Faculty Development Residency begins every year in August.  The application will open on Oct. 15, 2023, for residents matriculating in August 2024. 

Our program has a long history of leadership and expertise in both didactic and clinical education and is a national leader in credentialed residency and fellowship programs. A wide range of resources within the Duke University Health System, the Duke School of Medicine, and partner institutions enhance the development of educators. 

Our Faculty Development Residency program has been accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). 

For more information about the residency and the application process, please contact Dr. Kyle Covington at kyle.covington@duke.edu


Applications for the DPT Faculty Development Residency must be submitted through the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS). Learn more about the application process.

Key dates 

October 15: RF-PTCAS Application opens

December 31: Application deadline

Criteria for residency selection

  • Participate in a competitive nationwide application pool that will matriculate candidates chosen based on their experiences, qualifications, and interests

  • A Doctor of Physical Therapy degree 

  • Eligible for licensure in the state of North Carolina

  • Minimum of four years of practice experience at the time of application

  • Demonstrated experience in teaching physical therapy

  • Two professional letters of recommendation submitted through RF-PTCAS
  • A focused area of clinical experience, though not required, will be viewed favorably

  • Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview

  • New faculty residents will enter each year from July–August

Expected effort and compensation

  • 24-month residency

  • 0.8 FTE in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program

  • A minimum of 30 hours per week of instructional preparation, classroom, and laboratory teaching, and student assessment

  • 0.2 FTE in clinical practice with a local health system or private clinic is recommended

Required resident mentoring

  • Each resident will have regular mentoring sessions with the residency director(s), Initially, once a week, progressing to twice a month

  • Twice monthly mentoring sessions with the DPT Faculty mentor

  • Identification of an external mentor with quarterly mentoring sessions

  • Regular mentoring sessions with other DPT faculty and residency partners at other campuses.

Residency curriculum

  • 24 didactic modules covering topics including, classroom management, test writing, academic advising, higher education structure, educational assessment, accreditation, and team-based learning

  • Matriculated residents will be assigned to teach in focus areas of their interest, including but not limited to: clinical education, musculoskeletal PT, neuromuscular PT, or other components of the standard DPT curriculum

  • One capstone educational project

Supervised didactic teaching

  • Each resident will be assigned to manage didactic content in a focus area.

  • Each resident will be assigned other didactic content as needed.

  • Residents will regularly undergo 360-degree evaluations of their classroom management, teaching, and student assessment.

  • In the case of a resident interested in clinical education, supervised teaching may be replaced by clinical education administration

Additional educational opportunities

  • Teaching and committee opportunities across the health system that focus on interprofessional education

  • American Physical Therapy Association conferences: Educational Leadership Conference, Combined Sections Meeting, Carolina Clinical Education Consortium Spring/Fall meetings

  • Medical Education Grand Rounds

  • Duke AHEAD events

  • Duke Teaching for Equity Fellowship

Residency Outcomes

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