Academic Programs : University of Miami & Affiliated Residencies

Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program

The University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy – Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program is fully accredited. This 12-month program will offer physical therapists the ability to gain a variety of structured experiences in the sports and outpatient settings. Residents will complete didactic training at the University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy on the Coral Gables campus. Clinical mentoring takes place within the University of Miami’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and outpatient UHealth physical therapy clinics and will be led by experienced and board certified sports and orthopaedic specialists. There will be no tuition and residents will earn a salary with benefits. Residency graduates will be qualified to sit for the ABPTS SCS exam. We have a 100% graduation rate, 100% first time passing rate for the ABPTS Board Certification exam, and recently accepted our third cohort of residents.

The application deadline is December 1, 2019 for the 2020-2021 year.

Applications must be submitted through RF-PTCAS at

Residency Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Miami Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program is to immerse practicing clinicians into advanced sports didactic and clinical instruction in order to develop clinicians who provide exceptional patient care, promote the core values of the American Physical Therapy Association, and are equipped to be leaders, mentors, and educators for the public and within the health care community.
University of Miami Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program Goals

The goals and objectives of the Program are to:

1. Goal: Develop clinicians that have advanced sports proficiency and expertise and that are prepared to pursue American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certification

  • Provide a comprehensive didactic curriculum that encompasses all facets of the Sports Description of Specialty Practice
  • Provide instruction and testing of psychomotor skills and the clinical application of these skills
  • Assist residents with integrating knowledge and skills into clinical practice through 1:1 mentorship during patient care
    2. Goal: Promote the advancement of evidence-based practice through engagement in research activities
  • Participate in data collection for departmental research projects
  • Provide education on the skills necessary to critically appraise research literature and how to appropriately integrate current evidence into clinical practice
    3. Goal: Exemplify the professional core values of the APTA
  • Provide a curriculum focused on patient centered care that emphasizes compassion, integrity, professional duty, accountability, social responsibility, and the pursuit of excellence as integral components of physical therapy
    4. Goal: Educate the public and health care community on the physical therapy profession and pertinent health care topics
  • Provide grand round lectures
  • Provide guest lectures for other health care departments and for community outreach programs

General Information

Length of Study: 12 months.

Program Entrance Date: Residents will enter the program in August and complete all requirements by the end of August the following year.

Tuition: While enrolled as a resident in the UM Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program, there will be no tuition fees.

Salary: Residents will be employed full time by the University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy and receive an adjusted salary. Salaries are somewhat lower than those for new graduate PT’s. (Residents do not carry a full-time case load in order to allow time for didactic coursework, research, presentations and projects.)

Benefits: Residents will be eligible for benefits through the University of Miami during their participation in the Residency Program. This includes employer supported health and dental insurance, and paid time off (vacation, sick time, and six holidays).

Overview: The program will be designed to provide residents with a year-long intensive study of sports physical therapy, preparing them to sit for (and pass) the Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist Exam offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Clinical time during the residency, which includes structured one-on-one mentoring, comprises 80-90% of a typical week. The remainder of time will be spent completing didactic training, research, projects and presentations related to the overall curriculum of the residency program.
Didactic Curriculum
Residents will receive didactic training on numerous topics related to sports physical therapy, including all of the expected knowledge areas published in the current Description of Specialty Practice for Sports Physical Therapy. The content will be taught by expert faculty and clinicians from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and expert clinicians in the community. The sports resident(s) will share didactic learning experiences with other residents from our Orthopaedics and Pediatrics physical therapy residency programs. In addition, the Orthopaedic Residency faculty will play a major role in didactic instruction and clinical mentoring during modules related to the peripheral joints. Modules or units will be taught weekly throughout the year. Residents will also be expected to lead and participate in Rounds, Case Presentations, and Journal Clubs.

Learning Modules or Unit Topics include:

• Interpreting and using clinical research
• Models of Physical Therapy practice and clinical reasoning
• Principles of Primary Care
• Radiology and imaging
• Pharmacology
• Pain science, neurophysiology, and principles of manual therapy
• General and sport specific nutritional considerations
• Strength and performance training/conditioning
• Peripheral joints (cervical spine, shoulder, thoracic spine, elbow, wrist and hand, lumbar spine and pelvis, hip, knee and ankle)
• Temporomandibular joint and craniofacial pain
• Vestibular rehabilitation and balance
• Concussion
• Gait and movement analysis
• Psychological contributions to sports injuries
• Emergency medical response
• Prevention and return to play considerations
• Protective equipment and environmental considerations in athletics
• Pre-participation evaluation and screening in athletics
• Dermatological considerations in the athletic population
• Blood-Borne pathogens and other hematological considerations


Core Faculty

• Luis A. Feigenbaum, PT, DPT, SCS, LAT, ATC, CSCS (Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program Director)
• Michele Raya, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC (Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program Coordinator)
• Shawn E. Hunt, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC
• Alexyz Milian PT, DPT, OCS
• Chelsea Miller PT, DPT OCS
• Joseph M. Mirando, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
• Marlon Pereira PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, MTC, CSCS (Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program Coordinator)
• Jeffrey Ruiz, PT, DPT, CSCS, USA-W
• Marlon Wong PT, DPT, OCS (Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program Director)

Adjunct Faculty

• Jessica Bolanos PT, DPT
• Lawrence Cahalin PhD, PT, CCS
• Meryl Cohen, PT, DPT, CCS
• Teresa Glynn, PT, DPT
• Neva Kirk – Sanchez, PhD, PT
• Richard Mancini PT, MSPT, OCS
• Dave Mandel, PhD, PT
• James Moore, PhD, PT, PCS (Vice chair for Residency Programs, Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program Director)
• Kathy Roach, PT, PhD

Contact Information

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department of Physical Therapy
5915 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 5th Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Luis A Feigenbaum, PT, DPT, SCS, LAT, ATC, CSCS (Sports Physical Therapy Program Director)
305-284-4535 Office
305-284-6128 Fax
Learn More About Clinical Residency & Fellowship Credentialing
• American Physical Therapy Association Clinical Residency Information