Residents — Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency in Cincinnati

Benefits and Compensation


Starting salary is 80 percent of a new graduate starting salary. There is no separate tuition fee for the program


The resident is a Mercy Health employee while actively in the program. The resident will be able to take advantage of a comprehensive benefits package, and this includes health, dental, life, professional liability, etc.

Current Resident

Nick Duke

Nick was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the University of Cincinnati for undergraduate and graduate school receiving his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in 2019 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2022. Nick participated in research involving the knee during his time in school, which lead to being a published author and giving a presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. Clinical interests of Nick’s are helping all individuals stay as active as possible for as long as possible and working with athletes of all sports and ages. Outside of work, Nick enjoys sports, traveling, trying new foodie spots and spending time with friends and family.

What to Expect

A typical week may include:
  • 32 hours of patient care where the resident is the primary treating therapist. 
  • Four-plus hours per week of mentoring by a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist. The mentoring will include a 60- to 90-minute discussion on clinical reasoning and/or technique/skill acquisition.  
  • Physician shadow (four hours per quarter)
  • Participation in Monthly Journal Club
  • Research project (original work or case study)