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Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

Jan 11, 2021 update:

Thank you for your interest in The Northwestern University & Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. After following the deferment process described below, we filled our available residency slots for 2021-22 and thus will not be opening an application process for the 2021-2022 residency. We will continue to post updates here should anything change.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to with any further questions. We applaud your pursuit of specialty practice and should your timing of application to residency programs change, we hope you will consider applying to our program next year.

Thank you,
Jennifer Kahn

November 4, 2020

Thank you for your interest in The Northwestern University & Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. We are pleased that you are interested in furthering your education, accelerating your professional development, and enhancing your clinical reasoning skills. 

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unpredictable patient census, scheduling issues, a hiring freeze, and rehab hospital social distancing rules that limit the total number of staff and patients permitted in clinical spaces. Because of these challenging circumstances, we unfortunately had to cancel the orthopaedic and neurologic residency cohorts that were scheduled to start on Aug. 24, 2020 and end on Aug. 27, 2021

We are happy to report that we will reopen our application cycle in RFPTCAS on Jan. 15, 2020 for applicants to our orthopaedic and neurologic residency programs scheduled to resume on August 23, 2021. Please note that our usual application cycle starts on October 1 each year. For the coming year, however, we have pushed back the application opening date to Jan. 15, 2021 in response to the many uncertainties and disruptions caused by the pandemic. Specifically, we have offered a right of first refusal (until 1/15/21) for a residency position to the two neurologic and two orthopaedic candidates whose residencies were scheduled to start on 8/24/20 but had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Thus, by 1/15/21, we will know the exact number of resident slots remaining for current applicants.  After much deliberation, we believe this solution maximizes a balance between fairness to the 2020-21 canceled resident candidates, and transparency for new applicants for the coming 2021-22 cohorts.

Given that COVID-19 regional outbreaks are still occurring, we will replace our usual in-person Interview Day with a virtual, remote application process on Zoom, the details of which will be announced in January. 

We look forward to resuming our exceptional neurologic and orthopaedic residency training in August 2021!

The Northwestern University & Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in neurologic physical therapy.

We aim to:

  • Serve as a training ground and model for the specialized practice of neurologic physical therapy in the 21st century
  • Foster an ability-driven, outcomes-based professional culture committed to the integration of science-based clinical reasoning and clinical care
  • Spark a lifelong interest in learning and research

Please download the residency information packet (PDF) for more information. The packet is updated annually in September, just prior to the opening of the application cycle.

Applicants may start to submit the RF-PTCAS application as soon as it is available each cycle year.

Our outcomes:


For more information, contact Jennifer Kahn, DPT, at or 312-908-8239.

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