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

Post-Graduate Physical Therapy Resident Mentorship

The NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is a clinical site for NYU Steinhardt School of Education's Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency (ORP). The ORP is a 12-month program that provides the Resident with an intensive, individualized experience in orthopedic physical therapy and dance medicine. The goal of the residency program, which follows the guidelines and accreditation standards of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 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 for Dance Injuries’ clinical team, the Resident will provide direct and supervised patient care as assigned by the unit supervisor. Upon completion of the residency program, the Resident will have gained the knowledge and experience to be a competent advanced practitioner, and be qualified to sit for board certification in Orthopedics (OCS). Please note that all applicants must apply to New York University’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program and also be interviewed and accepted by the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. Please visit for more information.

Any new graduate who will be licensed by September 2015 is welcome to apply. DPT with work experience and with background in dance is strongly preferred. Deadline for the application to NYU Steinhardt School of Education is May 15th, 2015. Applicants need to be accepted by the NYU Steinhardt School before Harkness Center for Dance Injuries will interview him/her. The resident position is a paid part-time position, (30 hours per week), with benefits. The program is a 12 month engagement starting in September and consisting of clinical and didactic components. The Resident will spend approximately 20 hours per week attending classes and working to meet the didactic requirements of the NYU Steinhardt School of Education program. The Resident will simultaneously spend 30 hours per week at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, of which 10 hours will be mentored time and 20 hours will be independent clinical time.

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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.