In Collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Commitment to Clinical Excellence and Education

We are accredited by 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 facilitate advanced clinical development to provide high quality rehabilitation of patients with a broad spectrum of medical complexity in the acute care setting through cutting edge interventions, compassion, 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 health care 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
  • Pediatrics
  • Adult Intensive Care Unit throughout each rotation, in addition to focused 3-4 week ICU experience at the end of the residency year

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 two courses per residency year.

The required courses include:

  • Special Topics in Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice (Fall)
  • Special Topics in Research/Guided Research (Spring)

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.

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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.

Program Outcomes for Current Accreditation Cycle
Year Number Admitted Number Graduated Program Retention Upon Graduation
2022-2023 1 1 1
2021-2022 2 2 1
2020-2021 2 2 1

Application Information

Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program will be using the APTA’s RF-PTCAS for the admission process. Please note the material required by RF-PTCAS that will be submitted through the APTA RF- PTCAS website.

Supplemental Materials Required

  • 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: may not be available on the website until January
    • Click on Search Jobs. This will take you to a new page.
    • Click on VIEW ALL JOBS.
    • Under Category, click on Rehabilitation Services.
    • Under Facility/Division, click on TMC/Children's Hospital.
    • Under Results Found, click on the Physical Therapist Residentposition. This will take you to te next page.
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  • Application Fee
    • Application fee: $50.00
    • The residency director or coordinator will provide you a link to pay online. Please contact 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:

Darby Smith, PT, DPT
Residency Coordinator
Memorial Hermann Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program

6410 Fannin St
Houston, Texas 77030

For Physical and Occupational Therapists