Healthcare Professionals

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is a leader in the field of dance medicine education. In addition to offering regular CME courses since its inception in 1989, the Center has twice served as the host for the Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (1993, 2002) and is the annual medical education sponsor for the Emergency Fund for Student Dancers Organization.

Healthcare Clinical Learning Programs

Academic Observations*

As a teaching hospital, the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at the NYU Langone Medical Center welcomes medical professionals to participate in an academic observation. This academic observation is geared towards physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers who are interested in learning more about the unique discipline of Dance Medicine.  Applicants may request a one day to five day observation of our programs and/or services. The observing professional may observe the Harkness Center’s clinical services, including dance clinics, physical therapy and outreach programs.  Additional observation may also be possible at the Attendings’ private offices, by special arrangement and as space permits. Observation of surgery is not possible. Once approved by HCDI, the applicant will be required to complete a formal application, including medical clearance, with the NYU Langone Medical Center.

Observational requests should be submitted a minimum of 3 months prior to the requested date in order to make the appropriate arrangements, and must include a formal letter of interest, with preferred dates, and a current curriculum vitae.  All items should be emailed to Leigh Heflin, program coordinator, at

Physical Therapy Residency

The NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) Harkness Center for Dance Injuries Physical Therapy Residency is a 12-month program that provides the resident with an intensive and individualized experience in a  defined area of clinical practice within the profession of physical therapy.  The goal of the residency is to enable the resident to develop the advanced clinical skills necessary to provide a superior level of patient care.  As an integral member of the Harkness Center  clinical team, the resident will provide direct and mentored patient care as assigned by the unit supervisor.  Upon completion of the residency, the resident will have gained the knowledge and experience to be a competent advanced practitioner, and be qualified to sit for board certification in their defined area of clinical practice, e.g. Orthopedics.  This program follows the guidelines and accreditation standards of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

The Physical Therapy Resident:

  • Participates in structured mentorship activities designed to develop advanced skills and competence in providing patient care.
  • Conducts initial evaluation of physical therapy needs for specifically assigned patient population.
  • Implements treatment plans and protocols according to current professional and health system standards.
  • Completes all documentation required for patient care and reimbursement.
  • Responsible for a level of patient care productivity as indicated by individual unit procedures.
  • Engages in clinical mentoring activities that benefit physical therapy colleagues and students.
  • Provides in-service presentations.
  • Maintains a professional appearance and demonstrates appropriate professionalism during job performance.
  • Adheres to all department procedures and policies.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the organization’s core values and incorporates them into the performance of duties.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master of Physical Therapy degree.  Licensure in the State of New York. Good communication and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Qualifications:  Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT).

Working Conditions/Physical Demands: Position may require flexible work schedule.  Position requires the ability to lift, push, pull, or move patients and equipment in excess of 150 pounds, with or without the use of assistive devices.  Requires the ability to see, hear, and communicate clearly.  Potential for muscle strain injuries requiring routine precautions.

How to Apply: Please send a letter of intent and resume to Kevin Weaver at New York University Physical Therapy Program,, 212-998-9400.  Applications are due by May 15, 2015.  Please visit  for more information.  Please note that all applicants MUST apply to New York University’s residency program and also be interviewed and accepted by the Harkness Center for Dance Injuires.  Only one applicant will be accepted per year.


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Professional Research Mentorship*

The professional research mentorship allows students or post-graduate professionals to gain experience with multiple aspects of the dance medicine research carried out at the Harkness Center, from epidemiological exploration to biomechanical data collection in our state-of-the-art research facility. This mentorship program may include experiences such as grant writing, HIPAA compliance, literature review, subject recruitment, data collection and data entry, data analysis and interpretation, and research writing and publication. The mentorship experience will be different for each participant and actual activities will be dependent upon what is taking place at the Harkness Center at the time of the mentorship.  This mentorship position lasts 6 to 12 months. If a longer or shorter amount of time is requested, please note this in the initial inquiry and a decision will be made based upon complete review of the applicant’s experience and availability. Mentorship positions have a rolling admission. To apply, please e-mail the completed Professional Research Mentorship Application to

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*Written expression of interest in our educational programs does NOT guarantee placement. Eligibility for acceptance to our programs depends upon submission of application and selection by committee, after review of your curriculum vitae, telephone or in-person interview, rigorous review of your professional and personal references, and compatibility with program mission and schedule. All volunteer and educational affiliate programs at our facility are non-paying positions.