Post-Professional Residency Programs

As leaders in the profession with a diverse staff of clinical experts and extraordinary resources, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services has expanded the opportunities for licensed physical therapists to include post-professional residency programs. UPMC Centers for Rehab Services has become only the second organization in the U.S. to offer accredited residency training programs across five sub-specialties: Sports, Orthopaedics, Neurological, Women’s Health, and Geriatrics. 

The programs are funded by UPMC Centers for Rehab Services and collaborate with the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy. 

Each program has unique experiences and a specific curriculum, however, they all remain dedicated to the same mission: Advancing the competent physical therapist through education, research, and professional service into a board certified clinical specialist.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services offers the following American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) credentialed post-professional residency programs:

  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Neurological Physical Therapy
  • Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Women's Rehab Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy

The duration of each program is 15 months and includes mentored clinical experience with ABPTS board-certified physical therapists, board-certified surgeons, primary care providers, and leading specialists with clinical expertise in the respective subspecialty.

There are structured learning opportunities such as didactic coursework, teaching conferences, journal clubs, and case presentations incorporated into each residency plan of study. Residents are employed by UPMC Centers for Rehab Services and receive a stipend salary, educational benefits, and a full-time employee benefit package.

Interested in learning more about our residency programs?

Contact us at dscrshr@upmc.edu for more information.

Applications are accepted September 1 through January 31, for August enrollment. Physical therapists licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply. Potential candidates will be interviewed in March and notified of the status of their application by May. All candidates must be licensed in Pennsylvania by July 30 for an August enrollment.

We are accepting applications for one of our credentialed programs through RF-PTCAS, an online application system, through January 31. Please submit applications for residency programs to the appropriate director listed below.

More information and the link to apply through RF-PTCAS visit the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education home page.

In addition, all applicants (including Geriatric Program applicants) are required to apply for the following UPMC position:

  • PT Resident (Job ID#: 2061577) through the UPMC Careers page. This is a necessary step to complete the application process and for potential employment by UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. 

All applicants must apply for the position by January 31 to be eligible to participate in the interview process.

For questions or for more information about our programs or the application process, contact the program directors listed below.

Residency Program Directors

Sports Physical Therapy
Tara M. Ridge, MS, PT, SCS
Center for Sports Medicine
3200 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
ridgetm@upmc.edu 

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Keelan Enseki, MS, PT, SCS, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Center for Sports Medicine
3200 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
ensekr@upmc.edu

Women's Rehab Physical Therapy
Colleen Schomburg, MPT, WCS, CLT-LANA
UPMC CRS McCandless Office
9365 McKnight Road, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
schomburgcm@upmc.edu

Neurologic Physical Therapy
Chris Venus, PT, NCS, Director
UPMC Mercy South Side
2000 Mary St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
venusc@upmc.edu

Geriatric Physical Therapy
Missy Criss, PT, DPT, GCS
UPMC Seneca Place
5360 Saltsburg Road
Verona, PA 15147
crissm@upmc.edu

 

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