Oncology Residency

The mission of the Ivy Rehab Oncology Residency Program is to foster the professional development of clinicians looking to specialize in the area of oncology rehabilitation. This program will develop these clinicians in the areas of communication, evaluation, treatment planning and problem-solving skills utilizing a comprehensive didactic curriculum based on current evidence and best practice guidelines.

Program Description 

The Ivy Rehab Oncology Residency Program is a one-year, clinically based program focusing on the oncology patient’s unique aspects of comprehensive rehabilitation throughout the cancer journey: prehab, active medical management, survivorship, and the surveillance period. Residents learn how to create patient profiles, anticipate patient needs based on the medical management plan, and provide evidence-based interventions to manage the side effects of treatment and the direct impact of the disease process. A systems approach is emphasized for evaluation, collaborative treatment planning, and patient education, focusing on stabilizing and optimizing patient function. Mentorship, online educational modules, and weekend intensive in-person experiences supplement didactic study and virtual synchronous learning. Residents will earn certification as an Edema Specialist as a component of the program. Faculty and mentors include internal and outside Ivy Rehab experts, drawing specialists from around the country.

This program also includes completing a case study required for application for an oncology specialist examination by the ABPTS. Residents will be prepared for the ABPTS Board certification exam as an Oncology Specialist once the 2000 hours of required practice are completed.


The Ivy Rehab Oncology Residency Program provides a structured and robust didactic curriculum to enhance clinical reasoning and advance skills while incorporating the most recent evidence-based practices. This program utilizes a blended model of delivery for our didactic curriculum that includes online self-study modules, live online learning, virtual educational modules through educational partners, journal club and case review, independent study, and live in-person weekend courses that are to be completed throughout this comprehensive 12-month residency program.

Admissions Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Assistant, or Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
  • Active licensure in the current state of practice
  • Employed as a full-time PT, PTA, OT, or COTA by Ivy Rehab Network at the time of the program start date.
  • Required membership in the APTA and APTA Oncology Section or AOTA
  • Commitment to completing all of the program requirements
  • Commitment to taking the Oncology Board examination (PT) or Advanced Proficiency examination as a PTA at earliest eligibility. There is not capstone board examination for occupational therapy professionals at this time


Next Cohort Application: Pending


  • Kristin Murphy

    “The Oncology Residency Program has made me more aware of side effects, even years later, from cancer treatment, which includes more patients than just patients referred with an oncology diagnosis. I have learned a lot of testing, treatment tips, and ideas for properly managing cases with oncology diagnoses and side effects, and we still have a lot more to learn. This is such an underserved population, and I am glad to be able to help out.” – Kristin Murphy, PT, DPT; Princeton, NJ

  • Ashley Fisher

    “Participating in the Oncology Residency Program has given me a more well-rounded approach to treating patients and how to incorporate cancer care into the conversation, even if it has been some time since diagnosis and treatment. I would recommend this program because it is an aspect of care that is often overlooked, and there is so much we can do to help this patient population. Ivy offers a great program, and it will bring so much good to the communities where we live and work.” – Ashley Fisher, PT, DPT, Orange, VA