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With hands-on experience, dedicated mentoring, dynamic classroom instruction and opportunities for research, the USC Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency gives you the advanced skills and experience you need to holistically manage patients with women’s and pelvic health conditions for all genders, including gender affirming care, breast cancer, lymphedema, common pelvic health conditions and lumbopelvic impairments of various etiologies.


You will gain proficiency in assessing, evaluating and treating neuromuscular pelvic floor dysfunction throughout the lifespan for all genders, obstetrics and postpartum lumbopelvic related impairments, breast cancer and lymphedema rehabilitation, the female athlete, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia; integrating movement and exercise into the practice of women’s and pelvic health; expanding the body of knowledge in pelvic health management physical therapy by conducting, participating in and publishing clinical research; and make lasting contributions to your field through teaching and leadership as an interdisciplinary care provider.



The USC Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency curriculum uses a combination of formal and informal educational, clinical and academic activities, as well as mentored direct care of patients at the HSC Outpatient faculty practice. In addition to 35-40 hours per week in the clinic, you will participate in and/or publish original research and may also serve as a teaching assistant for physical therapy courses at USC.

A Women’s Health Physical Therapy resident’s typical week includes:

  • 4 hours of mentored clinical physical therapy practice with patients
  • 4 hours of mentoring with physicians in clinic
  • 2-3 hours of formal literature review/didactics
  • 4-6 hours of teaching for 1-6 days/month as a teaching assistant in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy courses

The 12-month residency begins in August.


One-year residency tuition is $3,500.

Residents are paid for their clinical time. Four hours per week of mentored physical therapy patient care and any physician mentoring are not paid.

You will be responsible for your living expenses and transportation to clinical facilities. Because of limited public transportation in Los Angeles, a car may be necessary. Upon request, we can provide suggestions for where and how to find housing. You will also be responsible for purchase of personal tablets or laptops, textbooks, scrubs and supplies.

While a resident, you may be able to defer any student loans; check with your individual lender(s) on their requirements.



To apply for the USC Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency, please contact the Residency Program Director Eileen Johnson at

We require:

  • Transcripts from physical therapy school
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A career statement
  • A CV/résumé – including proof of a minimum of 12 weeks spent in women’s and pelvic health during employed or student experience
  • A formal interview

The application and other documents are due April 22, 2024. You will be notified of the admissions committee’s decision by early May. You will then have 48 hours to accept or decline an invitation to interview in-person in May.


For more information, please contact the Residency Program Director Eileen Johnson at