Congdon School of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy

RAISE Advocacy Fellowship

Raising others through equal

Access to healthcare

Impactful physical therapy

Systems-based advocacy

Engaging in sociopolitical discourse

Empowering the community through equal access to healthcare, optimized self-efficacy, and maximized functional ability.

Mission Statement

The mission of the High Point University RAISE Fellowship is to create a different kind of physical therapist: an advanced practitioner who wants not only to empower the individual patient but also to be trained to make a greater impact in the patient community through systems-based solutions and advocacy. In addition to enhancing the fellow’s clinical skills through intensive mentored clinical practice, clinical and classroom teaching, and clinical research, the fellowship will help the graduate better understand the integration of the larger historical, societal, and political forces influencing each individual’s clinical presentation, especially those members of underserved populations. Our Fellows will be empathetic, collaborative, innovative, and progressive leaders with expert clinical skills, adept at championing change in the current inequities through advocacy for health care and promotion at professional, civic, and political levels.

Vision Statement

The RAISE Fellowship at High Point University will change lives in our community by engaging and uplifting marginalized patient populations through the practice of physical therapy. We believe equal access to innovative and effective healthcare is a basic right of every member of our community and cannot be obtained without an awareness of sociopolitical issues impacting healthcare and the mechanisms by which systems changes are made.  We seek to redefine the standard of care, giving those who are under-treated and misunderstood the opportunity to rediscover their self-worth and independence.

This one-year paid fellowship training will be focused on developing clinicians to be skilled in advocating for community and legislative healthcare advancement using a social justice perspective. In addition, the fellowship training provides clinical education opportunities in chronic pain management, health behavior screening, and mentoring of students.

Meet our 2018-2019 Fellow

Dr. Steven Shaffer PT, ScD, FAAOMPT, FCAMPT

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have paused our search for a RAISE fellow. We will begin recruiting late 2020 or early 2021. Please stay tuned for more information!

Overview of Curriculum

  • Direct 1:1 clinic mentoring in our direct access 40-hour per week Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic
  • Engaging in community and legislative advocacy
  • Participating in clinical research and conference presentations
  • Teaching and learning didactic programs

Admission Criteria:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Licensed PT in NC or eligible for PT license in NC
  • CPR certified 
  • One-page essay to articulate interest in applying to the RAISE Advocacy Fellowship
  • Official copies of collegiate transcripts
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

Note: An application is to be submitted via Workday. Selected candidates will be invited for a campus interview prior to final selection. For questions, please contact Dr. Alicia Emerson (

We offer a competitive fellowship salary and full benefits. Benefits include health, dental, malpractice, sick leave, and vacation.


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For More Information

For information about your application,
or to inquire about a visit,
please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
(336) 841-9198
(336) 841-9024 (Fax)

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