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NeuroRehab Physical Therapy Residency


The NeuroRehab Physical Therapy Residency is designed to provide residents with a year-long intensive study of neurologic physical therapy, preparing them to sit for the Neurologic Clinical Specialist Exam offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. The resident is expected to work 40-45 hours/week and time will be split between acute, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation rotations. Approximately 70% of the time (30 hours) is spent providing patient care to a neurologic rehabilitation population and 30% of the time is reserved for educational experiences. Residents will receive training on numerous topics related to neurologic physical therapy which are in accordance with the current Description of Residency Practice for Neurologic Physical Therapy. The content is taught and/or directed by the expert faculty of UR Medicine's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department as well as supplemental learning through an online portal, Medbridge Education. The curriculum includes didactic coursework, skills training, journal clubs, neurology rounds, clinical observation, independent study and research. Residents are also exposed to teaching and instruction to doctor of physical therapy students at Nazareth College of Rochester, a collaborative partner of the residency program.

Background Information

The University of Rochester Medical Center was founded in 1921 by Abraham Flexner, Rush Rhees, and George Eastman with the affirmation that the Medical Center would practice "Medicine of the Highest Order." A few years later in 1925, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry opened with the support of Rush Rhees to make the school "unquestionably of the first class." Although the Medical Center and School of Medicine and Dentistry were founded many years ago, the original principles have endured and continue to influence the individuals who work at the University today.

The University of Rochester Medical Center's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program is sponsored by Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH)—a 886-bed, Level I trauma center that serves as URMC's main teaching hospital. The hospital is a tertiary and quaternary care referral center for upstate New York, as well as a bone marrow, cardiac, liver, and renal transplant center. It is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCH) and has been named one of America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

At SMH, our 20-bed rehabilitation unit is comprised of single and double rooms, and updated therapeutic facilities and equipment for both adult and pediatric patients. Our facility is the only CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities)—accredited Spinal Cord System of Care in the upstate New York region.

Mission of the NeuroRehab Physical Therapy Residency

Develop Board-Certified Clinical Specialists in Neurologic Physical Therapy who excel as members of a collaborative healthcare team, demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning and effective teaching strategies for the population in their community.

The goals of the NeuroRehab Physical Therapy Residency are to educate physical therapists to:

  • Meet the needs of their community by becoming advanced practitioners of neurologic physical therapy.
  • Utilize critical inquiry and evidence-based practice to incorporate appropriate advanced techniques and knowledge into practice.
  • Become competent instructors of neurologic physical therapy practice.
  • Utilize clinical and practical reasoning skills to effectively manage the care of individuals following neurologic injury.
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism and ethical practice.
  • Employ foundational and clinical sciences in the development of plans of care.

NeuroRehab Physical Therapy Residency Information

Credentialing: The residency program is currently seeking accreditation by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Program Dates:
Length of Study: 12 Months
Start Date: January 1st
End Date: December 31st

UR Medicine Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York

Salary: Residents will receive a salary reflective of their time spent performing independent patient care (70% of full time salary). Residents do not maintain a full case load secondary to time being allocated for didactic coursework, research, presentations, projects and teaching opportunities.

Benefits: Residents are eligible for benefits through the University of Rochester Medical Center. This includes employer supported health and dental insurance, long-term disability, pension plan, life insurance and paid time off. This benefit list is not all-inclusive, and applicants are directed to the human resources department at URMC for a complete description of benefits.


The applicant must be a graduate of a CAPTE (Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education) accredited physical therapy program and hold a current license to practice physical therapy in the state of New York.

A complete application must be received by the program director.

Acceptance will be based on interest, ability and aptitude for a career as a physical therapist in a rehabilitative medicine setting.

The strongest applicants may possess the following:

  • Completion of an extended internship or externship under the direct supervision of a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with data collection, analysis and publication
  • Strong understanding of the principles of clinical reasoning
  • Strong understanding of the examination and treatment procedures related to the practice of neurologic physical therapy
  • Exhibit high standards of professional behavior

Residents will be selected by the Admissions Committee and their decision will be final. The superior candidates will be given an interview, which is conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. Candidates will be assessed in the areas of commitment, knowledge of the purpose of the program, interests and personality. Good candidates will possess the qualities of flexibility, team building, leadership, professionalism and desire to learn.

Disability Requirements

A candidate requesting disability accommodations must request the required accommodation(s) in writing to the program director.

Typical Weekly Schedule

Application Process

Application Deadline: Rolling admission

In applying for admission, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Letter of interest
  • Application with essays
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume with a summary of career goals, employment history, and extracurricular activities

Please submit all application materials to Julie Streeter at the address listed below.

UR Medicine's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the University of Rochester reserves the right not to process any application that is incomplete.

Acceptance into the neurologic residency program is provisional pending the candidate meeting all the conditions of employment of the University of Rochester.

Julie Streeter, PT, DPT, NCS
NeuroRehab Physical Therapy Residency Director
UR Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Rochester Medical Center
4901 Lac DeVille Boulevard, Suite 250, Building D
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone: (585) 341-9102
Fax Number: (585) 340-5955