Pediatric Residency

The UIW School of Physical Therapy aims to educate pediatric physical therapists who, through skilled, reflective, holistic and evidence-based patient-centered practice, help optimize movement, wellness and active lifestyles for the common good of society and contribute to the pediatric physical therapy body of knowledge.

Residents will be expected to be self-learners in the educational strategies included in the CANVAS electronic platform. In addition, residents will quickly immerse themselves in combined experiential clinical experiences at Methodist Hospital and Team Ability. This will be accomplished by following a 6-month/6-month model. In this model, one resident will begin the program at Methodist while the other begins at Team Ability. After the first six months the resident will switch institutions. In this manner, the time at Methodist will help fulfill the requirements for acute and inpatient rehabilitation while the time at Team Ability will help fulfill the early child intervention, outpatient and school system location requirements.


Goals and Outcomes

Applications will be accepted starting in the fall of every year through RF-PTCAS.

The School of Physical Therapy (SoPT) at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), in its commitment to further develop the next generation of physical therapists, is excited to announce the development of its second residency program in pediatric physical therapy. The pediatric residency program strives to develop pediatric physical therapists who will:

  1. Be recognized as experts and providers of choice in a variety of practice settings related to advanced pediatric practice.
  2. Make relevant and impactful contributions to the body of knowledge, driving evidence-informed practice in advanced pediatric practice.
  3. Consistently demonstrate clinical reasoning skills necessary for exemplary clinical practice related to advanced pediatric practice.
  4. Collaborate effectively with patients, peers and students.
  5. Demonstrate skills of advocacy, leadership or service at the local, state or national level to optimally serve children and their families.

The University of the Incarnate Word-Methodist-Team Ability Pediatric Residency Program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in pediatric physical therapy.

Application Requirements:

To apply to the UIW Pediatrics Residency program, the prospective resident must:

  1. Have graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a physical therapy license in the state of Texas.
  3. Provide an intent letter.
  4. Include a curriculum vitae or resumé.
  5. Comply with all immunizations:
    1. Meningitis (if under 22 years of age)
    2. Hepatitis B series
    3. Tdap and MMR
    4. TB baseline skin test
    5. Varicella-zoster
    6. Negative drug screen
  6. Have a current basic life support for healthcare providers certification.
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a clinical instructor in a pediatric setting.
  8. Submit transcript from PT program.

Our pediatric residency faculty provide extensive breadth and depth to our residency program in all aspects of pediatric physical therapy.

Susan Smith, PT, DPT, PCS

Associate Professor


See Dr. Smith's Full Bio

The ABPTRFE Financial Fact Sheet provides program-level information and allows potential applicants the ability to input their own information:

ABPTRFE Financial Fact Sheet

Graduation rate: 100%

Specialist exam pass rate: to be updated once 2024 test results are published.