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Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Residency Program

The Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Residency Program at St. Luke's Sports Medicine connects you to professional, collegiate, and club-level athletes; nationally and internationally respected sports medicine physicians; physical therapists and athletic trainers; as well as involvement in new and ongoing research.

To offer our physical therapy residents a world-class learning experience, we partner with local and national sports organizations, including:

  • U.S. Ski and Soccer teams
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • Idaho Steelheads hockey team
  • Boise Hawks Baseball (Colorado Rockies Affiliate)
  • Idaho Cycling League (Youth Mountain Bike Races)
  • Nampa High School Football
  • Optimist Youth Football

The breadth and depth of the on-field and training room experience for our residents is unmatched.

Learn more about program faculty and residency participants

Program Curriculum

The residency consists of 5 major content areas:

  • Foundational and clinical sciences
  • Critical inquiry/evidence-based practice
  • Advanced clinical skills
  • Education/consultation
  • Health promotions, fitness, and wellness

As part of this program, you’ll spend approximately 50-60% of your time performing direct patient care. The remaining time will be spent in athletic training rooms, surgical observation, clinical instruction, sporting event coverage, mentored instruction and research, movement lab experience, and community education.

Learn more about the program's practice expectations and curricular components by content area.

Program Details

The residency period is a minimum of one calendar year. You'll be considered a full-time, salaried employee, eligible to receive all benefits described within the St. Luke's employee handbook. Your salary will be 70% of the minimum therapist range and you'll be responsible for your own travel and living expenses. If accepted, you may make a written request for a short sabbatical extending the residency program to a maximum of 13 months.

Although you'll be scheduled for 40 hours per week, there will be events on both weeknights and weekends that require additional hours without additional compensation. You may be allowed to work for other organizations, if your resident obligations are met first.

St. Luke's Sports Residency collaborates with other high profile residencies and fellowships in the Sports Inter-Residency Case Conference Series, which allows our current resident an opportunity to present nationally to an audience, including Duke, Ohio State, West Point, Cleveland Clinic, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and more.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must be licensed in the state of Idaho prior to the date of admission into the program. No applicant shall be under any state licensure board disciplinary process or have had their license revoked from any state. Applicant must possess one of the following prior to starting the program year:

  • A current ATC designation
  • A current license as an EMT or certification as an emergency responder

How to Apply

All applications for August admission into the residency program must be received directly by mail on or before December 2, 2016. All components of the application must be enclosed in a single envelope. A complete application consists of:

  • A cover letter detailing your interest in the program
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from your DPT program
  • Essay question answers (typed, with 250-word limit per question)
    • What do you hope to gain from your experiences during this residency?
    • Outline your 3-5-10 year goals as it relates to your involvement in the sports physical therapy community.
    • Why do you feel you would be the ideal candidate for admission to this residency?
    • What personal experiences have led to your interest and pursuit of specialization in sports medicine?
    • The residency application process includes the potential for an invitation to our onsite interview day. If invited, would you be willing to attend the onsite review?
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50 (check payable to St. Luke's Sports Medicine)

We will contact qualified applicants to arrange an initial phone interview and/or invitation to the onsite interview day by December 16, 2016. Onsite interviews will be February 3, 2017. Although a site visit is encouraged, we may arrange a webex or alternate interview day/location with the admissions committee, depending on the applicant's situation.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance within one week of completion of all onsite interviews. Acceptance letters will include a proposed pay rate, full list of benefits, and other items related to employment. 

Please contact our program director with questions about the program, application process, or employment relationship:

St. Luke’s Sports Medicine
Attn: Physical Therapy Residency Program Director
1109 W. Myrtle Street, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 489-4382
Fax: (208) 938-4312 

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Our team of physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers specialize in helping you perform at your best, recover, and return to your active lifestyle after injury.


  • Location & Contact Info

    1109 W. Myrtle
    Suite 200
    Boise, ID 83702
    (208) 706-2663