Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Why MSK PT Oncology Residency?

At MSK, we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. For 28 years, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. You will have the opportunity to work alongside leading physicians in oncology and innovative researchers. Our Rehabilitation team provides supportive, outcome driven care to optimize the quality of life for individuals with cancer. Our faculty and clinical mentors exclusively work in oncology rehabilitation and are considered experts in the field.

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2. When did the MSK PT Oncology Residency program begin?

The MSK Physical Therapy Oncology Residency program began on January 11th, 2016 with 1 licensed physical therapist participating in the 18-month residency experience.

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3. How many residents are accepted into the residency program each year?

The program currently accepts 1 resident per 18-month residency cycle.

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4. Is the MSK PT Oncology Residency program accredited?

The program is currently seeking accreditation from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) and has been granted “Candidacy” status pending final approval.

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5. What are the different clinical experiences provided during the residency?

The resident will complete 2, 9-month rotations, one in the acute care hospital setting and one in the outpatient setting providing a well-rounded foundation to the rehabilitation cancer care continuum. A multidisciplinary clinical care approach will be utilized throughout the program. During the acute care rotation, the resident will spend time on various units (i.e., orthopedics, breast surgery/medicine, lymphoma, stem cell transplant, pediatrics) covering all major diagnoses and primary health conditions. In the outpatient setting, the resident will gain exposure to a wide variety of patients at various stages of care (i.e. post-surgical, active chemotherapy and radiation treatment, survivorship, palliative care).

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6. Do you accept new graduates?

Yes, new graduates are welcome to apply, including those with a temporary license.

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7. Are international physical therapists eligible to apply to your program?

Yes, international candidates are eligible if they have a PT license in the state of New York.

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8. Does the resident need to obtain a New York State PT license prior to program commencement?

Residents will need to obtained licensure in the State of New York or a temporary license by the start of the program. NYS non-temporary license preferred. Information about New York State PT licensure may be found through the New York State Education Department.

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9. What attributes are important in a MSK PT Oncology resident?

Candidates should demonstrate a passion for oncology, commitment to a high standard of care, and interest in taking a leadership role in the field of oncology rehabilitation. Applicants should be self-directed learners, who have strong clinical reasoning skills, self-awareness, and resilience. Ideal candidates have 1-5 years of clinical experience however the program will consider candidates with any level of clinical experience/practice.

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10. Will housing be provided for the resident?

MSK does have potential studio and 1-bedroom subsidized rental options on Roosevelt Island for residents; however, it is not a guarantee and the responsibility of each resident to arrange their own housing.

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11. Is there a tuition fee?

No, there is no tuition fee. The only fee associated with the program is an application fee of $125 to apply.

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12. What benefits are offered during the program?

A resident will receive the following fringe benefits during the 18-month program. These benefits will begin on the first day of the month following the start of the program and conclude on the last day of the month in which the program ends.

  1. Medical and Dental Insurance- Comprehensive MSK coverage options are available.  Residents are responsible to contribute to the cost.

  2. Time Off- Paid time off will be available to the resident to utilize for vacation, sick, and emergencies (planned or unplanned). 40 hours will be protected time under New York City Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA).

  3. Continuing Education- If approved, specific fund and meeting days will be provided.  

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13. Are graduates of the program qualified to take the oncology specialization exam?

Yes, the MSK PT Oncology Residency program is designed to incorporate the components of the description of specialty practice for oncologic physical therapy through didactic instruction and clinical mentorship to prepare residents to sit for the specialist exam. Over the 18-month program, the resident will also achieve the minimal requirement for direct patient care hours in the oncology setting.

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