Residency Programs


Our residency programs focus on cultivating highly skilled and efficient healthcare professionals.

Specialized Residencies

Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s offers three specialized residencies—Neurologic, Orthopedic, and Pediatric. Our targeted training makes our graduates adept in their chosen fields who deliver more efficient and effective care, combining specialized expertise with enhanced marketability and confidence in their practice.

Our alumni consistently report increased confidence in patient treatment, translating into higher salaries in their professional endeavors.

All residencies include weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions, providing a supportive learning environment.

Specialized Residency Training



Orthopedic Residency

Why St. Luke’s? 

  • More efficient and effective care – our residency graduates are significantly more efficient and effective at resolving their patients’ problems than those without residency training
  • Weekly one-on-one mentoring
  • Offer a competitive salary and benefits package
  • Improved marketability to potential employers
  • Improved confidence in patient treatment
    • Our graduates all report higher salaries as a result of graduating from our residency

Our Mission:

To promote and enhance the profession of orthopedic physical therapy to deliver the highest quality, patient-centered care to help patients live more productive lives and be the provider of choice in the communities we serve.

Facilities:

Residents perform rotations throughout the St. Luke’s University Health Network, a regional medical health network. Outpatient, longitudinal care is provided at one of the Physical Therapy at St Luke’s clinics throughout the Lehigh Valley. Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s uses EPIC electronic health record and FOTO software for patient outcomes. Academic lectures and labs are held every Thursday morning. The impressive medical library has research and small group study rooms and access to a vast number of online and physical resources.

Program Outline:

  • 1 year starting in January or July
  • 45 Hours per week (avg) of structured time
  • 36 hours of patient care including 5 hours of 1:1 hands-on mentoring
  • 4 Hours of classroom/lab
  • 5 Hours of experiential learning, research and interprofessional collaboration

Program Stats:

  • 100% ABPTS Board Certification in Orthopedics pass rate (1st time pass rate- 97%)
  • 98% Program completion rate
  • 100% Program retention rate
  • 39 Graduates took ABPTS Board Certification Exam in Orthopedics
  • 93% of all Graduates have chosen to stay at St. Luke’s after graduation
  • 80% of all Graduates are in leadership role
Neurologic Residency

Why St. Luke’s? 

  • Experiential learning consisting of diverse observational and interactive learning experiences throughout the St. Luke’s University Health Network and the Lehigh Valley community
  • Consistent site and schedule throughout the full year of residency
  • 1:1 mentoring with experienced neurologic physical therapists
  • Opportunities to participate in research, teaching, and mentoring at local universities
  • Full time benefits and competitive salary

Our Mission:

The mission of St. Luke’s University Health Network Neurologic Residency program is to develop experts in the field of neurologic physical therapy to ensure patients within our community have access to the highest quality, patient-centered care to achieve their best level of community participation and functional mobility.

Facilities:

St. Luke’s University Health Network is a regional medical health network. Within the health system there are several outpatient neurologic rehab specialty sites in which residents will practice. Additionally, there are acute rehabilitation hospital locations connected to the larger acute hospitals in which residents will complete their inpatient practice. As part of the interprofessional experiential learning activities, residents will have the opportunity to observe through the continuum of care in a variety of specialties within the health network. The impressive medical library has research and small group study rooms, and access to a vast number of online and physical resources.

Program Outline:

  • 12 months beginning in June
  • Access to Neurologic consortium for curriculum and onsite faculty led classes
  • Patient care time: 25% outpatient, 25% inpatient, and 50% elective
  • Full time benefits and competitive salary
  • Weekly interprofessional experiential learning activities
  • Weekly 1:1 mentoring
  • Full residency tuition reimbursement available

Program Stats:

  • 100% Completion rate
  • 100% Program retention rate
  • 100% of all Graduates took ABPTS Board Certification Exam in Neurology
  • 100% of all Graduates have chosen to stay at St. Luke’s after graduation

Our Faculty:

How to Apply:

Applications can be completed on the RF-PT CAS website. Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth McCormick. Applications are accepted as a rolling admission but will be due for review for the upcoming academic year by January 31st.

Contact Us

Elizabeth McCormick, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Elizabeth.McCormick@sluhn.org

Pediatric Residency

Why St. Luke’s?

  • Experiential learning consisting of diverse observational and interactive learning experiences throughout the St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley community
  • Evidence-based, personalized approach to a variety of pediatric diagnoses in small multidisciplinary outpatient clinics
  • 1:1 Mentoring with experienced pediatric physical therapists
  • Opportunities to participate in research, teaching, and mentoring at local universities
  • Involvement in advocacy, leadership, and community activities
  • Full time benefits and competitive salary
  • Access to outdoor activities and vibrant night life that the Lehigh Valley offers

Our Mission:

To promote and enhance the profession of pediatric physical therapy by producing pediatric specialists that deliver the highest quality, family-centered care to help patients and families live more fulfilling lives and become the providers of choice in the communities we serve.​

Facilities:

  • 8 Pediatric Outpatient Clinics
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Early Intervention
  • Inpatient, NICU, and local school experiences

Program Outline:

  • 12 months in duration
  • Access to Academy of Pediatrics Residency Consortium and onsite faculty led classes for educational curriculum
  • Weekly interprofessional experiential learning activities and exposure to pediatric practice settings
  • Weekly 1:1 mentoring
  • Full time benefits and competitive salary
  • Full residency tuition reimbursement available

Program Goals:

  • Provide residents with high quality experiences and exposure to a wide variety of pediatric conditions
  • Prepare residents to be ambassadors for physical therapy through 1:1 mentoring, teaching, marketing, and professional collaboration across the continuum of care
  • Educate residents to use evidence-based approaches to pediatric physical therapy Include residents as valuable members of our interdisciplinary teams
  • Prepare residents to take the ABPTS Pediatric Specialty Exam

Explore our Facilities

St. Luke’s University Health Network is a regional medical health network. Within the health system there are several outpatient neurologic rehab speciality sites in which residents will practice.

Additionally there are acute rehabilitation hospital locations connected to the larger acute hospitals in which residents will complete their inpatient practice. As part of the professional experiential learning activities, residents will have the opportunity to observe through the continuum of care in a variety of specialties within the health network.

The impressive medical library has research and small group study rooms, and access to a vast number of online and physical resources.