Congdon School of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy

Pro Bono Physical Therapy 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 undertreated and misunderstood the opportunity to rediscover their self-worth and independence.

Meet Our Fellow

Stephen M. Shaffer, PT Sc, FAAOMPT
RAISE Fellow, Pro Bono Clinic

Overview of Curriculum

  • Direct 1:1 clinical mentoring in 40-hour per week pro bono clinic
  • Research opportunities and conference presentations
  • Didactic Programs

Admission criteria:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Candidates must be a PT
  • CPR certified 
  • Essay describing reasons for applying to the Fellowship Program.
  • Provide official copies of college transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendations.
  • Selected candidates will be invited for a campus interview with the Fellowship Faculty before final selection is made.

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


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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