All interested candidates for the Sports Physical Therapy Residency program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center must be eligible for physical therapy licensure in the states of OH and KY. The candidate must demonstrate efforts toward initiating this process by evidence of contact with the Board by the interview time. If the candidate does not meet this requirement they will no longer be eligible for consideration into the Residency program. All residents will maintain a valid permanent license to practice physical therapy in the state of OH and KY in accordance with all OH and KY state laws and rules and regulations of professional licensing. If a resident fails to maintain a valid license and/or becomes ineligible to practice physical therapy for any reason, immediate termination procedures will be initiated in accordance with Cincinnati Children's policy.

Application Policy and Procedures

Applications are to be completed and submitted through the RFPTCAS website with an application deadline of March 1st. These application materials are reviewed by an application committee, consisting of the Residency Director and at least two faculty members. The written applications are judged by relevant academic and clinical experience, alignment with Program’s mission, completeness of application, and quality of application. Qualified applicants are invited for an interview. During the interview, the applicant meets with the interview committee that is comprised of the current resident, the Resident Director, as well as several faculty members including previous sports residents and members of the physical therapy staff. It is expected that a potential Resident will demonstrate high levels of initiative, resilience, accountability, receptiveness to coaching, enthusiasm for the position, and leadership potential. The interviewing committee provides written feedback to the Resident Director, who makes the final decision regarding the candidate for the Sports Physical Therapy Residency.

Once selected, each resident will begin their residency year the week of July 1. Employment start date may vary based on the residents' availability and start of hospital orientation. Per Cincinnati Children's and Division of OT/PT policy, each resident will be hired as a Resident Physical Therapist and will be in a probationary period for the first 6 months. During this time, if the resident fails to meet the criteria of a Resident Physical Therapist, termination procedures will be initiated.

To be retained in the Program, the resident must also complete all components of the curriculum as scheduled. Quarterly modules must be completed within or very close to quarterly time frames, including examinations. Also, the resident must demonstrate agreed-upon quarterly progress on integration project work. In addition, the resident must also demonstrate sufficient initiative to self-manage their own progress. For example, the resident is expected to prepare content for patient-related discussions during the weekly mentoring meeting with the clinical mentor.