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The Sports Physical Therapy Residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals gives physical therapy graduates and clinicians the specialized skills and hands-on experience to provide high-quality physical therapy to athletes in a clinical setting and on the field.

The Sports Physical Therapy Residency is a unique opportunity to learn from respected specialists at UCSF Benioff’s Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes, many of whom are internationally recognized for their contributions to education, research, and practice management.

Sports Physical Therapy Residents receive a rich curriculum that includes rigorous course-work and training in physical therapy for athletes and guidance from experienced mentors. The residents will be exposed to a patient load that is sports-related in higher than 80% of cases. Patient ages range from 5-25 years. The clinical environment includes gait and motion analysis, antigravity treadmills and state-of-the-art modalities.

The residents will provide athletic event coverage at local high schools in the Bay Area. Each resident will be assigned a primary-mentor and a content-mentor during the residency. Our collaboration with UCSF Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency and Los Gatos Orthopedic Sports Therapy Sports Residency Program provides ample exposure to regional and nationally recognized experts in sports physical therapy.

The mission of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Sports Physical Therapy Residency is to provide a comprehensive post-professional didactic and clinical training to physical therapists who seek to develop advanced clinical decision making, manual, and diagnostic skills in sports physical therapy.

  • Program Length: 12 months

  • Program Start: August 1st each year

  • Application Deadline: December 31

We accept 1 resident every year. 

Requirements for successful graduation include completing all the hour requirements laid out by the ABPTRFE, including passing a written exam, completing two live patient exams, and completing two Critically Appraised Topics.

Curriculum

The curriculum will:

  • Train residents to provide advanced patient-centered and evidence-based care to better serve both the community and the profession, in the clinic and on a sports-field

  • Prepare residents to meet the criteria for Specialist Certification in Sports set by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists

Coursework

The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Sports PT Residency Program is a full-time, 12 months long program. A sports resident’s typical week will include:

  • 26 hours of patient care
  • 7 hours of on-field experience in athletic settings
  • 4 hours of 1:1 clinical mentoring
  • 3 hours of instructional hours and meetings.
  • Intermittent weekend work schedule and coursework

Costs

Residents will receive a salary and benefits during the residency program, which will be according to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Policy and Procedures.

Annual tuition for the program is $2,500, due at the start of the residency program.

Admissions Requirements

Qualifications for the UCSF Benioff Sports Physical Therapy Residency program include:

  • Graduate of CAPTE accredited physical therapy program and/or have achieved a graduate degree from a U.S.-based regionally accredited program. Alternatively, you may have a “Certificate of Professional Degree Equivalency” from evaluating agencies approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California
  • Proof of California physical therapy licensure prior to the residency start date
  • One of the following designations for emergency response prior to beginning the residency. Such designation(s) must be obtained by the candidate at their own cost
  • Certified athletic trainer (ATC)
  • Certified emergency response for athlete course (ERA) through Cogent Steps, which is an approved provider by ABPTS
  • Licensed emergency medical technician (EMT)
  • Meet all eligibility requirements to be employed as a practicing physical therapist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals

Application Process

Applications must be completed as directed by the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS).

RF-PTCAS Application Requirements:

  • Submit a current CV, which includes all continuing education completed, both formal and informal.
  • Submit a personal statement, no longer than 500 words, which includes your interest in furthering professional development related to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals’ Sports Physical Therapy Residency program.
  • Submit letters of recommendation from two physical therapists.

Application Deadline: December 31st of the previous year

This application deadline may be extended at the discretion of the program faculty under the approval of the Program Director.

Applications will be reviewed by the Residency Program Director and member(s) of Sports Physical Therapy Residency Advisory Committee within 4 weeks of the application deadline date.

Potential candidates will be invited for an over-the-phone interview, dependent on availability and convenience. These interviews will occur during January/February of every year. Selected candidates will be invited for an in-person interview in February/March of every year. The members of the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Advisory Committee, in addition to other program mentors and faculty, will conduct the interviews.

Final notification of acceptance to the program will be made within 30 days of in-person interview.

Applicant who is accepted in the UCSF BCHO Sports Residency Program will be required to complete the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals employment application.

Accreditation

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Sports PT Residency Program has obtained candidate status from American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABTRFE). Though achievement of candidate status signified satisfactory progress towards accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be accredited. We recently had the honor of undergoing a virtual site visit, conducted by the representatives of ABPTRFE. We are eagerly awaiting their response and will update this page when additional information is available.

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