Derek Clewley, Assistant Professor and Core Faculty at Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, comes on the show to share his story about how we came into teaching in academia, why to pursue residency training, if residencies should be mandatory or not, thoughts on the OCS, questions that any person consider residency training should ask themselves to see if it’s right for them, things that residency applicants should consider when selecting a residency program, how he describes the ideal residency applicant and more!


Dr. Derek Clewley, Assistant Professor and core faculty at Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy division where he teaches the Health Promotion Across the Lifespan, Musculoskeletal Patient Management I &II, & Sports Elective classes.

He graduated from the University of Montana in 2002 with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy and later obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree through Shenandoah University. In 2006 he achieved board certification as an orthopaedic clinical specialist. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Derek graduated from Evidence In Motion’s manual therapy fellowship program in 2010, part of the initial fellowship cohort, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Currently, he is enrolled at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and is a PhD candidate in the orthopaedic and sports sciences. Primary research interests are trigger point dry needling and manual physical therapy. Derek has presented at numerous state and national conferences and has been published in peer reviewed journals. He is also the research and curriculum consultant along with being a Physical therapist and Coordinator of Clinical Education for BenchMark Physical Therapy. He is also a faculty member with Evidence in Motion.


  • Physical Therapy Association of Georgia: Merritt Award for Exceptional Service and Achievement, 2014
  • Recognition of Excellence: BenchMark Rehab Partners, 2014
  • Clinical Instructor of the Year: Rocky Mountain University, 2013
  • Clinical instructor of the Year: Georgia State University, 2008
  • Clinician of the Year: BenchMark Physical Therapy, 2007

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