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Professional Development in Dance Medicine for Students & Healthcare Practitioners Academic Observation & Fellowship for Certified Healthcare Professionals

Academic Observation & Fellowship for Certified Healthcare Professionals

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries offers academic observation and a postgraduate performing arts physical therapy fellowship for certified healthcare professionals.

Academic Observation

As part of NYU Langone, the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries welcomes medical professionals who wish to participate in an academic observation. Observation is geared toward physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers who are interested in learning more about the unique discipline of dance medicine.

Applicants may request a one- to five-day observation of our programs or services. You may choose to observe our clinical services, including dance clinics and physical therapy and outreach programs. You may also be able to observe at attending physicians’ private offices, by special arrangement and as space permits. Observation of surgery is not possible.

Requests to observe our program should be submitted a minimum of three months before the desired time period in order to make the appropriate arrangements. Requests must include a formal letter of interest, a current CV, and your preferred dates. All items should be emailed to Kristen Stevens, program coordinator, at After we approve your request, you must complete the formal application process, which includes medical clearance from NYU Langone.

Postgraduate Performing Arts Physical Therapy Fellowship Program

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries also serves as the clinical site for the Performing Arts Physical Therapy Fellowship Program. The 12-month program provides fellows with an intensive, individualized experience in performing arts physical therapy. The goal of the program, which follows the guidelines and accreditation standards of the American Physical Therapy Association, is to enable fellows to develop the advanced clinical skills necessary to provide a superior level of patient care within the subspecialty of performing arts medicine. As an integral member of our center’s interdisciplinary clinical team, you provide direct and supervised patient care to performing artists as assigned by your unit supervisor.

How to Apply

Any New York State–licensed physical therapist who has completed an orthopedic residency program or is a board-certified orthopedic specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, or both, is welcome to apply. We strongly prefer candidates who hold a doctor of physical therapy degree and who have work experience and a background in dance.

The deadline for the application to our fellowship program is September 30, before the start of the fellowship in January of the following year. The program is a 12-month engagement that runs from January to December and consists of clinical and didactic components. This is a paid, full-time position (35 hours per week) with benefits plus additional hours devoted to didactic training, independent study, community wellness workshops and screenings, and prevention education. We accept one fellow each year.

Please contact us at 212-598-6054 or for additional information.