Academic Programs : University of Miami & Affiliated Residencies

University of Miami - Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Residency Program

The University of Miami and Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital jointly form the UM-JRH Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Residency Program. This year long program offers licensed physical therapists the opportunity to gain structured educational and clinical experiences in a variety of settings including critical care, acute care, and outpatient programs. The academic component of the program is completed in the University of Miami Department of Physical Therapy on both the Coral Gables and medical campuses. Clinical mentoring takes place at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Miami Hospital. Mentoring is led by experienced physical therapists and board certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialists. Our program accepts two (2) Residents per cohort.

Applications deadline is March 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 year.
Applications submission through RF-PTCAS at

Residency Mission Statement

The mission of the UM – JRH Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Residency is

“To provide post-professional training to licensed physical therapists to advance their knowledge, skills in patient/client management, and clinical reasoning to enable them to assume a greater role in the area of cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical practice, evidence-based practice, leadership, education, administration, and consultation.”

The residency program is designed to prepare participants to become skilled cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapists by providing focused academic and clinical experiences. Residents will function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team to assure coordinated and integrated care for the patient. Through development of skills in critical inquiry and participation in clinical research, residents are better prepared to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. Residents completing the program will be prepared to complete the Specialist Certification Examination in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy.

The goals and objectives of the Program are to:

1. Facilitate the Resident’s ability to integrate foundational science, learning and developmental theory, and evidence-based clinical practice in cardiovascular and pulmonary care through structured academic and clinical experiences.
2. Provide opportunities through direct patient care or specialty observation for the Residents to develop advanced skills as a direct service provider and/or consultant in a variety of practice settings with a variety of patient populations, as required in the current Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Description of Specialty Practice and Description of Residency Practice.
3. Provide opportunities to develop advanced skills as an educator utilizing appropriate educational strategies that are congruent with the setting (community-based, clinical and/or academic) and needs of the learner to effectively deliver content to increase knowledge and skills of caregivers, students, colleagues, and other interdisciplinary care providers:
a. Family/care giver education.
b. Peer education including in-services.
c. Community education programs.
d. Teaching students enrolled in a doctoral level physical therapy program.
4. Provide opportunities to develop skills in critical thinking and research to enable the Residents to contribute to the cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy profession in the future.
5. Provide a curriculum that addresses all areas of the current Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Description of Specialty Practice and Description of Residency Practice, to successfully complete the Specialist Certification Examination in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
6. Provide academic and clinical training in advanced skills in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy that meet or exceed American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) accreditation standards.
7. Provide the surrounding community (South Florida) and beyond with residency trained physical therapists who excel in cardiovascular and pulmonary practice, clinical education, cultural competence, and utilize a biopsychosocial approach.

General Information

Program Overview: This program is designed for physical therapists who are pursuing advanced clinical training in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy (CVP PT). The program’s curriculum and experiences have been curated in order to maximize the resident’s exposure to the diverse areas of advanced clinical practice in this area as well as lead and participate in hospital rounds, case presentation, and journal clubs, and teach in the entry level DPT program at the University of Miami. The practice areas that the resident will gain exposure to include outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, adult cystic fibrosis clinic, acute care at two different major academic medical centers, and critical care at one of the largest public hospitals in the world. As the University of Miami has affiliated physical therapy residencies in geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, sports, and neurology, the CVP Resident can also expect to interact and engage in learning experiences alongside resident clinicians and mentors from the other disciplines. The design of the program is such that the resident will be well equipped to be an advanced, evidenced based clinician in CVP PT and will also be prepared to sit for and pass the board certification exam to become a certified clinical specialist as defined by the APTA/ABPTS.

Credentialing: The UM-JRH CVP Residency Program is in “Candidacy” status as of 2019 as the first Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Residency Program in Florida. (Anticipated “candidacy” status June, 2019

Length of Study: The program starts in early August and runs for 52 consecutive weeks.

Salary: Residents will be working at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital for 6 months and University of Miami Hospital for 6 months and receive an adjusted salary. Residents do not carry a full-time case load in order to allow time for didactic coursework, research, presentations and projects.

Benefits: Residents are eligible for benefits through University of Miami during their Residency “year”. This includes employer supported health and dental insurance, and paid time off (vacation, paid leave, and six holidays).

Learning Modules or Unit Topics include:

• Cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology.
• Physical examination and diagnostic testing and imaging of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.
• Cardiovascular and pulmonary pharmacology.
• Principles of cardiopulmonary exercise testing and prescription.
• Principles and evidence for cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation.
• Breathing exercises and airway clearance techniques.
• Physical Therapy interventions in the acutely ill patient.
• Critical illness and physical therapy considerations for patients on advanced life support devices, including mechanical ventilation, mechanical circulatory support (ECMO, VADs, IABP, etc.), and other invasive devices.

Additional Information

Applicants Admission criteria:
• Minimum of one year acute care experience as a licensed physical therapist preferred.
• References supporting the applicant’s clinical, decision-making, communication and teamwork skills.
• An interest or experience in clinical research.
• Meets eligibility requirements to be employed as a practicing physical therapist at JRH and UMH.
• Proof of active Florida licensure.
APTA and CVP section member preferred.
BLS certified, ACLS certification preferred.

Disability requirements:
Students requesting disability accommodations must do so by filing a disability accommodation request in writing with the program coordinator at the time of application.


Core Academic Faculty:

Meryl Cohen, PT, DPT, FAPTA, Board Certified Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist (Program Director)
Lawrence P. Cahalin, PT, PhD, Board Certified Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist
David W. Mandel, PT, PhD
Katherine Roach, PT, PhD

Core Clinical Faculty:

Nicole DeLuca, PT, DPT, Board Certified Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist
Sabine Gempel, PT, DPT, Board Certified Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist (Program Coordinator)
Yessenia Orozco, PT, DPT
Brady Anderson, PT, DPT, Board Certified Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist
Tamira Bartholomew, PT, DPT
Isabel Rodriguez, PT, DPT

Contact Information

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department of Physical Therapy
5915 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 5th Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Meryl Cohen, PT, DPT, CCS, FAPTA
Phone: 305-284-4535
Fax: 305-284-6128

Learn More About Clinical Residency & Fellowship Credentialing
• American Physical Therapy Association Clinical Residency Information