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Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency (Arizona)


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Didactics, mentorship, and patient care are the key components of the Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency. Each year, curriculum is designed to be applicable to the current rotation.

During the Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency, you provide patient care in clinical sites across Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona under the mentorship of core faculty.

You are responsible for approximately 70 percent productivity with a caseload limited to geriatric clients. Additionally, your schedule includes 12 hours each week for didactic education and study, report preparation, literature review, and research.

Mentorship: Mentor sessions occur weekly, in two hour increments for patient case discussion and treatment. Mentors collaborate with you in clinical interpretation, treatment planning, decision-making, communications, and other issues of patient management. Mentor sessions are flexible, guided by the resident, and seek to help build confidence in clinical decision making in a variety of situations. Mentors are clinical specialists and work in their area of expertise.


You rotate through several of the Mayo Clinic Hospital departments, including acute care (critical care, transplant, and oncology) and hospital-based outpatient services.

As a resident, you are required to practice at an off-site local retirement community with clinical responsibilities in skilled nursing and home health. Mentorship and didactic schedules will be maintained during this rotation.

Didactic training

The education portion of the residency features:

  • A curriculum plan aligned with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) description of specialty practice in geriatrics, meeting specifically defined competencies.
  • Specific clinical topics that are presented to residents in a formal and concise manner.
  • Completion of a terminal project.
  • A requirement to pass written and clinical examinations at prescribed intervals.


The program provides funding for you to attend one national conference approved by the program director.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examinations
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Learning outcomes and assignments from didactic sessions
  • Faculty reviews
  • Terminal project

Mayo Clinic's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.