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 Mentorship*


This program has not started yet. More information coming soon!

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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.