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Physical Therapy Fellow

Job Ref: 26823

Talent Area: PT/OT

Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: PT/OT-IP

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: varied

Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research.  Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

Job Summary


The fellow performs patient management services including evaluation, treatment, and referral, supervises support personnel, and performs related duties such as participation in rounds, clinics, departmental performance improvement, and clinical education in accordance with state practice act, applicable regulations, and departmental policy, procedures and practices.  Demonstrates competence to accommodate to the unique physical, psychosocial, cultural, safety and other developmental needs of patients served by the department.

Completes planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education provided by TMH for physical therapists that is designed to significantly advance the physical therapist fellow’s preparation as a provider of patient care services in a specific area of specialty clinical practice (Critical Care).The fellowship program combines opportunities for ongoing clinical supervision and mentoring with a theoretical basis for advanced practice and scientific inquiry. 


Adolescence (12-18 years), Young Adult (19-40 years), Middle Adult (40-65 years), and Mature Adult (65 years and older)


1.Examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions in accordance with physical therapy practice act and in collaboration with referring providers.

2.Documents patient evaluations, treatment notes, re-assessments, discharges, and charges appropriately in the computer system.

3.Performs patient and family education on home exercise, safety, self-care, etc. and distributes appropriate hand-outs.

4.Collaborates and coordinates patient care needs, such as referrals, consults, equipment, clinical appointments, home care with other departments or agencies during treatment and at discharge.

  1. Presents relevant special topics in professional literature at unit meetings, grand rounds, conferences, and meetings as delegated or requested by the faculty.

6.Assist in the organization and direction of specific activities of the department as delegated by the Fellowship Coordinator, Rehab Services Manager or Director. Such activities may include research projects, departmental improvement projects, or other special tasks.

  1. Participates in clinical education programs as approved by the Faculty Advisor.

8.Remains current on professional issues and clinical skills by attendance at appropriate CEUs and involvement with professional organizations.

9.Adheres to all applicable organization, departmental, and personnel policies, procedures, practices, state practice act, and regulations. 

  1. Delegates appropriate patient care, supervises, and communicates pertinent information to the physical therapist assistant and physical medicine technicians, in accordance with the state practice act, departmental, and hospital policies.

11.Complies with the TMHS ICARE Values and Service pride standards. EF

12.Follows all safety rules on the job. EF

13.Perform other job duties as assigned. EF


Graduate of an accredited school of Physical Therapy approved by the Council of Medical Education in collaboration with the American Physical Therapy Association.


2 years PT experience required. Prefer a minimum of 3 years experience in acute care with experience of one year working with patients in critical care.  


Current licensure with the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Current CPR Certification


  • Demonstrates good communication and interpersonal skills.           
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Demonstrates good time management skills. 
  • Has specialized knowledge and skill in area of acute care physical therapy, including ICU experiences.
  • Demonstrates good computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Work and Excel programs.
  • Must complete PT/OT Competency Assessment upon hire and on annual basis.


  • Includes inpatient units within the hospital setting and office areas.
  • The clinical settings might include exposure to hazardous chemicals, blood borne pathogens, blood and bodily fluids, contaminated open wounds, sharp instrumentation, adhesives and electrical equipment.
  • Adherence to universal precautions is required.
  • Patient lifting is required. (see Physical Requirements)
  • Flexible work schedule

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

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