Clinic rotations/areas of focus

Residents will rotate between clinical specialty areas at University Hospital and East Madison Hospital, which are both located in Madison, Wis.

University Hospital
This is the primary academic hospital of UW Health which offers quaternary care including:

East Madison Hospital
84 bed surgical and medical center including:

  • Orthopedics
  • Bariatric surgery
  • General surgery
  • Hernia repair surgery
  • Neuro spine surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery

Areas of focus

  • General care, intermediate care (IMC), and critical care (ICU) levels across all specialty areas except maternity care
  • Emergency Department for early access to physical therapist services
  • Post-acute care unit (PACU) immediately after surgery
  • Operating room (OR) for burn-related physical therapist services


The curriculum is based on the ABPTRFE-approved analysis of practice for acute care physical therapy.  The program’s curriculum ensures congruency between didactic and clinical components for each practice unit.  Residents benefit from a wealth of clinical resources at UW Health and work closely with talented and highly proficient medical providers. 


The UW Health Acute Care Physical Therapist Residency is seeking accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).  Candidacy is expected by January 2024, and full accreditation is expected in 2025 prior to the conclusion of the first year of residency.

Contact information

Megan Litsheim
Program Coordinator
(608) 622-8987

Recruitment Center
(608) 263-6500