The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The James Comprehensive Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, are proud to offer a clinical residency program for physical therapists interested in pursuing a career in women's health physical therapy.  The residency program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). 

The program spans 15 months beginning each year in July or August, and offers high quality clinical, educational, and research opportunities to prepare physical therapists to become board certified women's health specialists. The mission of the program is to graduate practitioners with advanced knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors that will shape the future of women's health physical therapy through research, education and patient care.

Residents have the unique opportunity to treat patients with diverse and complex pelvic health diagnoses in both outpatient and oncologic rehabilitation settings. The didactic curriculum includes two to three conferences and one journal club per month, presented by a variety of experts in the field.  Additionally, residents are encouraged to attend relevant conferences presented by the other Ohio State residency and fellowship programs.  Residents attend grand rounds and observe with other disciplines including physician specialty clinics within the Wexner Medical Center and at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Residents attend the Norton Complete Decongestive Therapy course, with tuition support from the residency program.  Lastly, the resident teaches the entry-level pelvic health laboratories and lectures in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physical Therapy, and may participate in research and community outreach projects. Residents are provided opportunities to have personal input regarding learning experiences based on their interests.

Compensation and Benefits

Residents are employed full time by the OSUMC, including a benefits package. Salary is commensurate with revenue-generating clinic time. Residents do not pay tuition for any aspect of the program, including the required Norton course. Enrollment in academic courses at Ohio State is free for the resident.

Eligibility

  • Must be eligible for physical therapy licensure in the state of Ohio by our program start date (new graduates must sit for April board exam)
  • Must be eligible for full time employment within the OSUWMC Outpatient Rehabilitation services 
  • Must meet application deadlines with complete materials (see link to RF-PTCAS application below)
  • APTA membership required throughout the program duration 
  • Must provide proof of registration or completion of a CEU course for “Basic” Pelvic Floor Level I including internal vaginal pelvic floor examination or equivalent formal education and training (examples include courses through the Academy of Pelvic Health or Herman & Wallace).  

Application

Applications will be accepted from October 1st until December 31 (due date subject to change, see RF-PTCAS for current deadline). Top candidates will be interviewed on the Ohio State campus during January and February.  The application should be completed through APTA's centralized application system (RF-PTCAS)

Curricular Map

Women's Health Curricular Map

Contact Us

Maggie Abrams, PT, DPT, WCS 
The Ohio State University Women's Health PT Residency
Program Director 
Outpatient Rehabilitation 
2050 Kenny Road, Suite 2134 
Columbus, Ohio 43221 
614-293-4523 
Maggie.Abrams@osumc.edu

Outcomes

100% FIRST TIME pass rate from prior resident graduates on Board Certification Specialist Exam in Women’s Health Physical Therapy

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