Physical Therapy Residency Program

Accelerate your professional development by participating in the Stanford Health Care Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program. Be part of our innovative and dynamic team in an outstanding multi-site medical center with state-of-the-art equipment and world-class medical care. We are looking for passionate, hardworking physical therapists with the desire for superior clinical knowledge and advanced clinical expertise.

This is a developing program, and we are seeking initial Accreditation through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education

Residency Program Facts 
The Stanford Health Care Acute Care Residency Program's curriculum is designed around world renowned clinical practice, using the resources of our academic medical institution. Each clinical rotation is designed to seamlessly progress through each specialty area of practice within the continuum of Acute Care supplemented with advanced theoretical and didactic coursework.

During the week, residents will receive mentorship from faculty content experts, will facilitate monthly journal clubs and case study presentations, will complete self-guided learning and observation activities, and will engage in clinical teaching opportunities. The residency year will culminate in a comprehensive, evidenced-based capstone project.

Program Basics

Duration August to August
Location Stanford Health Care Hospitals (300P & 500P)
Schedule Each resident is scheduled for a minimum of 40 hours per week.  The schedule will vary based on the specialty areas, and may consist of days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
Cohort Size One to three residents.

Recruiting Information

The Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program at Stanford Health Care is looking for physical therapists with energy and passion for their profession, ready to move to the next level of clinical practice. Applicants do not have to have a minimum amount of practice in the field.

Eligibility requirements for residency:
  • Graduate from a CAPTE accredited PT program or demonstrated substantial international equivalency (See FAQ)
  • Be a current licensed Physical Therapist in the State of California or a current Licensed Applicant who has passed the California licensure examination.
  • American Heart Association BLS Certification for Healthcare Workers.
  • Meet all necessary requirements of Stanford Health Care per review of SHC Human resources to be hired as an employee including passing of background check and pre-employment physical, including TB test.
  • Demonstrate competency in technical skills and clinical reasoning during the interview with the Residency committee.

Application Components

  • Formal application completion
  • Two Professional letters of recommendation
    • ​​​​​​​Your letter should be from people who can best attest to you as a person, and make an excellent case for why you are the best applicant for this position. We do encourage prior clinical instructors and/or scholastic professors.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume
Application Timeline
For the 2024-2025 cohort, we will not be applying through RF-PTCAS due to the initial accreditation process. We will utilize the job posting through our career site.

  • March 13, 2024:  Applications Open
  • May 1, 2024:  Applications Close
  • April-May 2024: Initial phone screens with Residency Program Director 
  • May 2024: All applicants will be notifed by this date if selected for an interview. 
  • July 1, 2024: Acceptance into 2024-2025 cohort will be sent via e-mail on or before this date. 
  • Early August: Residency begins
Onboarding Process
Before the residency starts, selected candidates must pass the onboarding process.  This includes verification of:
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
  • Background check
  • Occupational health clearance (includes drug test, tuberculosis testing, blood test, and physical evaluation)

​​​​​Watch our Informational Webinar about the PT Residency Program. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Us

For more information about our residency or for any questions, please e-mail: 
Residency Program Email:

Residency Program Director: Lauren Stoll, PT, DPT –