Neurologic Occupational Therapy Fellowship | MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital | MedStar Health

Neurologic Occupational Therapy Fellowship at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the largest rehabilitation providers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our mission is to serve the community as a regional and national leader in rehabilitation services through quality patient care, research, education, and training of rehabilitation experts, assistive technology, and advocacy.

Our one-year neurologic fellowship aims to provide practicing occupational therapists with an advanced level of clinical training in the inpatient rehabilitation setting, participation in academic programs and the research process, and facilitation of leadership and advocacy roles to further the profession.


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Our innovative approach to advancing the practice of occupational therapy integrates advanced clinical skills with ongoing research, didactics, and experiences in teaching of OT students, patients, clinicians, and other health care professionals. Fellowship graduates will demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning, assessment, and intervention skills for individuals with neurologic disorders, including stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. 

In collaboration with Trinity Washington University, MedStar Health Research Institute and/or George Washington University’s Occupational Therapy Program, fellows will demonstrate excellence in evidence-based clinical care. Furthermore, fellows will be preparing to apply for AOTA Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation. This program aligns with the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital’s mission to provide exceptional patient care, lead rehabilitation research, and dedication to the education and training of rehabilitation professionals.

Throughout the 1- year program, fellows will complete clinical rotations on the CVA, BI, and SCI units. Fellows will also have opportunities to observe at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the acute care setting as well as in the outpatient neurologic clinics to experience the continuum of care. Additionally, during the year, fellows will have opportunities for teaching experiences as well as work with a mentor to gain research skills and translate education and research into clinical practice.



Frequently asked questions

  • How much does the fellowship cost? Will I be paid a salary?

    There is a $45 application fee and if accepted, a fellowship cost of $1000 for administrative fees. As a fellow, you will be paid for 30 hours of clinical practice per week and have 10 hours unpaid for didactics, research, and teaching experiences.

  • Will I be eligible for benefits?

    Yes, as a part-time employee of NRH you will be eligible for part-time health and dental benefits.

  • Do I need a current OT license in the District of Columbia to apply for the fellowship program?

    No, you do not need a DC license to apply for the program. If selected, you will need an active DC OT license prior to starting the fellowship program.

  • What is the timeline for the program?

    The one-year Fellowship Program begins in July and ends in June of the following year. Applications are accepted between January 1st and April 1st for a Fellowship beginning in July of that year. On site interviews are conducted in April and Fellowship Applicants are notified in May.

    At this time, we are accepting 1 fellow per year.

  • Is housing offered?

    Housing is not offered; however, Trinity Washington University offers dormitory housing, based on availability, at a reasonable rate and in close proximity to the medical campus. Please request a link to the website if you are interested.

Application information

Applicants must be graduates of an ACOTE-accredited entry-level occupational therapy program, have passed the NBCOT Board examination, and maintain a current CPR for health care providers certification through the American Heart Association. Applicants must be a member of AOTA and must be eligible for and obtain licensure as an Occupational Therapist in the District of Columbia. At least 1 year of experience is preferred but not required.

Upon review of application, select applicants will be chosen for an onsite interview. Onsite interview consists of meet and greet; formal interview with Site Coordinator, Administrator, and Trinity Washington University representative; informal interview with staff; and observation and tour of facilities. Please click here for application.

MedStar Health considers candidates without discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, personal appearance, family obligations, political affiliations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local EO laws and regulations.

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