Residents — Sports Physical Therapy Residency in Cincinnati

Benefits and Compensation


Starting salary is 80percent of a new grad 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

Douglass Fisher

Doug was born and raised in Melbourne, Fla. and moved to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area in the late summer of 2022. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (Exercise Science) degree. In 2021, he graduated from Emory University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. While at Emory, he received additional training in manual therapy, sports injuries, sports rehabilitation and taping. After graduating physical therapy school, he spent his summer at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) with the athletics department as a strength and conditioning intern. During his time in Chapel Hill, he worked with Olympic sports, including men's and women's soccer, lacrosse, wrestling, swimming and diving, track and field and women's basketball. Doug's clinical interests are working with orthopedic and sport injury patients of all ages and focuses on returning patients back to activities that they love to do. Also, Doug is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In his free time, he enjoys watching and coaching soccer, watching the Florida Gators football team, beating his coworkers in fantasy football, trying new restaurants, traveling and spending time with his 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 sports physical therapist. The mentoring will include a 60- to 90-minute discussion on clinical reasoning and/or technique/skill acquisition.  
  • Multimodal didactic learning modules
  • Physician shadow (four hours per quarter)
  • Participation in Monthly Journal Club
  • Special project (original research or project, or case study)