Applications should be submitted from October 2 - December 1 each year for consideration for the following year.

Yes. Students and new graduates are encouraged to apply; however, one must be licensed to practice physical therapy in Texas prior to the start of the residency.

Yes. Top candidates will be invited for an onsite review. Funding for travel, lodging and additional items are the responsibility of the candidate. Residency faculty and current residents are available to answer questions to ensure the best experience possible during the interview process.

Interviews will occur in January and February each year. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by March 1 each year. Candidates that are not accepted may be offered a position on the waiting list.

The program starts the 3rd Monday of August each year.

The residency program is 13 months. During the last month of the program, senior residents mentor the incoming residents to ensure a seamless transition from year to year.

The residency program does not charge residents a tuition fee. Residents are full-time, salaried employees with day one benefits including:

  • Comprehensive Medical and Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Account
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance

Sports residents work 28 clinical hours while orthopedic residents work 35 clinic hours. Three of those hours are dedicated to onsite one-on-one mentorship on your patients. The remainder of the week is filled with didactic, research, venue and training room coverage (sports), and physician collaboration.

Our curriculum is designed to be delivered in person and is delivered by a content expert as the module lead.  Additionally, the residents have a weekly video conference call that consists of a rotating schedule of Journal Club, 5x5 case presentations, surgical presentations, and human performance lectures. 

Our program is structured in a trimester format. The fall semester covers the topics of EMR/Acute injury management, research, imaging, and the lower quarter in body region module format. Spring covers nutrition, research, upper quarter body regions. Finally, summer covers human performance, leadership development, and clinical teaching where all of the residents become a clinical instructor to an entry level DPT student.

You will not need an EMR certification to apply, but will need either EMR/ERA certification or have their ATC before entering the program. Traditionally, Memorial Hermann offers an EMR/ERA course during the summer that incoming residents are welcome to attend.

Our residents each have a dedicated high school and/or college they will be designated to and will visit multiple times per week for coverage in both the training room and on the sidelines at practices and games. All high schools that we have our residents at are large public schools or private schools with well-established athletics programs. The colleges range from University of Houston (D1) to Houston Baptist University (D3).

Our program does have a significant focus on research through collaboration with our Director of Research. The residents will be assisted through the question development, data synthesis/analysis, and submission to a national conference / peer reviewed journal utilizing data from one of our large research databases.

Orthopedic residents have built in teaching opportunities through our collaboration with Texas Woman’s University’s DPT program. In addition, all residents will have exposure to clinical teaching by becoming a CI for an entry level DPT student during the summer.

We have had residents from both the orthopedic and sports program pursue fellowships, become clinic directors, residency faculty, NFL interns, coordinators of professional teams, staff at olympic training centers, and collegiate training room staff. We’ve also had residents pursue teaching roles at universities or within other residencies.

Applicants must be authorized to work for ANY employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.

Rockets Sports Medicine Institute Residency Programs