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Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency

In Collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Commitment to Clinical Excellence and Education

We are submitting for candidacy to the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in acute care. We offer a 54-week program which includes a wide range of clinical and didactic experiences across the lifespan within The Texas Medical Center and surrounding community hospitals. This collaborative program provides licensed physical therapists the ability to enhance their skills while working with clinical experts in the area of acute care physical therapy and academia of a major educational institution.

Our Mission

The mission of the Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide evidence-based, post-professional education for physical therapists based in the foundational sciences in order to develop expert clinicians that provide high quality services for medically complex adult and pediatric patients through cutting edge interventions, and interdisciplinary collaboration to achieve the best clinical outcomes and advance the health of those we serve.

Professional Growth and Development

As one of the nation's leading healthcare systems, the Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program offers the residents exposure across the patient lifespan in the practice of acute care physical therapy. This wide exposure allows the residents to enhance their clinical decision making skills and develop their confidence as expert clinicians.

Residents will rotate through the various settings within the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, including:

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

  • Medical/Oncology
  • Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit/Acute Care Neuro Unit/Stroke Unit
  • Ortho/Trauma/Burns
  • Cardiopulmonary & Advanced Heart Therapies
  • With an elective including either pediatric or ICU

Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital

  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Neurological
  • Cardiopulmonary

Throughout the clinical rotations, the resident will interact and collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team (ie, physicians, case managers, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, nurses, social workers, neuropsychologists).

Enriched Didactic Experiences

The didactic curriculum is offered through university-mediated courses and module instruction to provide the resident with a comprehensive educational experience.

University Mediated Didactic Curriculum

The university mediated didactic experiences will be offered through online and onsite formats at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. They are scheduled on an academic calendar, concurrent with the clinical experiences. The resident will be enrolled in one to two courses per residency year. It will progress from critical inquiry and evidence based practice and culminates in the completion of a research project.

The required courses include:

  • Special Topics in Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice (Fall)
  • Special Topics in Research/Guided Research (Spring) - enrollment in this course is dependent on the resident’s self-selected research mentor’s employment location

Module Series Curriculum

Learning modules will provide the resident with focused learning experiences in a variety of formats - lecture, lab, and mentored discussions. The interdisciplinary module instructors serve as experts in the curriculum content and in patient management. The goal of the module series is to provide a mechanism for knowledge acquisition and clinical application.

The majority of module educational content will occur as part of a lunch and learn series.

Dedicated Faculty and Mentors

While on each rotation, the resident will be provided with 1:1 mentorship in order to advance his/her clinical skills and patient management. This mentorship will be provided by clinical faculty, who are experts in their area of practice.

The resident will maintain a schedule of 40 hours per week with 30 of those hours as direct patient care and 10+ hours dedicated education time. The resident will receive a minimum of 3-hours of 1:1 faculty mentorship per week. This will allow the resident 150 hours of mentorship at minimum by the conclusion of the residency. Mentorship occurs during patient treatment sessions and during non-treatment time to allow for practice of new psychomotor skills and/or the discussion of theory, scientific evidence and the clinical application thereof.

Challenging and Rewarding Training Environment

Our residency training program strives for excellence in the areas of clinical practice, education and inquiry. In these areas, we seek to provide the residents with experiences that are challenging, yet rewarding, in order to enhance their professional growth and development.

Application Information

Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program will be using email for the application process during the 2020-2021 residency year.

Application deadline and interview information:

Complete application and application fee should be received by the deadline for consideration.

Interviews will be scheduled with the top applicants following application review by the Residency Advisory Council.

Supplemental materials required include:

  • Reference Letters
    • Three professional reference letters to be included with your application
      • New graduates must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a previous clinical instructor.
  • Description of Clinical Practice and Clinical Internships
    • Make sure to include the following information:
      • PT/PTA Clinical Experiences/Internships
      • Professional Employment History
      • Professional Memberships
      • Professional Licenses and CEUs
      • Certifications, Credentials, Residencies and Fellowships
      • Research, Awards, Teaching and Volunteer History
  • Memorial Hermann HR application
    • To access the application, visit Memorial Hermann's career opportunities.
    • Click on Search Jobs
    • Click on View All Jobs
    • Under the category Category, click on Therapy
    • Click on PHYS THERAPIST RESIDENT
    • Click on Apply Now
    • Create an account or sign in.
  • Application Fee
    • Application fee: $50.00
    • The residency director or coordinator will provide you a link to pay online. Please contact acutept@memorialhermann.org if you need assistance.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Minimum eligibility requirements for acceptance to Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program:

  • Be eligible for or hold a valid Texas Physical Therapy license
    • Eligibility requirements for new graduates:
      • You must have taken the Physical Therapy Licensure Exam on or before July test dates.
      • You must show proof of certificate of completion from the Physical Therapy Program Chair if your graduation date is past the start date of the Residency Program.
      • You must show proof of a temporary Physical Therapy license in Texas by the start date of the clinical training.
    • Please visit the Texas Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners website to review the licensing requirements.

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Kathryn Reeves, PT, DPT
Residency Coordinator
Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program

6410 Fannin St
Houston, Texas 77030
acutept@memorialhermann.org