Physical Therapy Resident - Full Time - Days -Inpatient

Location: Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
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Talent Area:
Physical Therapy
Job Shift:
1st - Day
Job Type:
Posted Date:
April 28, 2023


At Houston Methodist, the Physical Therapy (PT) Resident position completes the planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education provided by Houston Methodist (HM) for physical therapists, designed to significantly advance the physical therapist resident’s preparation as a provider of patient care services in a specific area of specialty clinical practice (acute care, orthopedics and or sports). For this position, opportunities are combined for ongoing clinical supervision and mentoring with a theoretical basis for advanced practice and scientific inquiry. The PT Resident position performs patient management services including evaluation, treatment, and referral, supervises support personnel, and performs related duties such as participation in patient rounds, clinics, department performance improvement initiatives, and clinical education in accordance with state practice act, applicable regulations, and department policy, procedures and practices. This position demonstrates competence to adapt to work and customer service to accommodate the unique physical, psychosocial, cultural, safety and other developmental needs of patients served by the department.



Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Collaborates and coordinates patient care needs, such as referrals, consults, equipment, clinical appointments, home care, etc. with other departments or agencies during treatment and at discharge. (EF)
  2. Delegates appropriate patients, supervises, and communicates pertinent information to the physical therapist assistant and physical therapy technicians in accordance with the state practice act and department and hospital policies. (EF)
  3. Effectively communicates with the patient, family, physician. In sports/orthopedics, communicates with coach regarding the patient’s ability to return to practice and/or competition. (EF)
  4. Provides contributions towards improvement of department scores for employee engagement, i.e. peer-to-peer accountability. (EF)


  1. Performs patient and family education on home exercise, safety, self-care, etc. and distributes appropriate hand-outs. (EF)
  2. Delegates appropriate patient care duties to, communicate with, and supervise the performance of support personnel. (EF)
  3. Works in an integrated manner with the interprofessional health care team in the provision of exercise and treatment modalities. (EF)
  4. Contributes to meeting/exceeding department and organization targets for patient satisfaction. (EF)


  1. Documents patient evaluations, treatment notes, re-evaluations/re-assessments, discharges, and charges appropriately in the computer system in a timely manner. (EF)
  2. Performs examinations, evaluations, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions in accordance with physical therapy practice act and in collaboration with referring providers. (EF)
  3. Identifies and escalates issues and opportunities for improvement. Follows up on action items to ensure completion of assignments. Contributes towards improving department/practice quality and safety scores. (EF)


  1. Uses resources efficiently and effectively. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively, minimizing incidental overtime, and prioritize daily tasks. (EF)
  2. Maintains accurate and complete documentation of patient education and procedures performed in a timely manner in the patient record which includes appropriate billing codes and enters changes for services provided. (EF)


  1. Participates in clinical education programs as approved by the Faculty Advisor. Remains current on professional issues and clinical skills by attendance of appropriate clinical education programs, CEUs and involvement with professional organizations. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. (EF)
  2. Assist in the organization and direction of specific activities of the department as delegated by the Program or department leadership which may include research projects, department improvement projects, or other special tasks. Presents relevant special topics in professional literature at clinic meetings, grand rounds, conferences, and meetings as delegated or requested by the faculty. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



o Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section.


o One year of experience preferred.

o Clinical setting/internship experience in applicable area (i.e. sports, acute care) preferred


o Texas Physical Therapy License or be a Graduate of an APTA Accredited Entry-Level Physical Therapy School eligible to sit for PT License Exam with Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Must obtain permanent Texas PT licensure within 30 days of employment or Compact Privileges granted by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

o American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Ability to complete the Residency Program and demonstrate competencies within the program’s planned curriculum and within the prescribed program timelines to remain a participant

o Demonstrates good communication and interpersonal skills

o Ability to work as a team member

o Has specialized knowledge and exceptional skills in areas of acute care, orthopedic and sports related injuries, as applicable

o Demonstrates good computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Work and Excel programs


Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform Yes

Scrubs Yes

Business professional No

Other (dept approved) Yes

On-Call* No

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (i.e. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc.) regardless of selection above


May require travel within Yes

Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: _________________________

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. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital to its prestigious Honor Roll for the sixth time. Also, in this year’s rankings, Houston Methodist Hospital was named the No. 1 hospital in Texas for the 11th year in a row. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 946 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and nearly 8,500 employees, Houston Methodist Hospital offers complete care for patients from around the world.

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