Orthopaedic Residency Program
Overview & Mission
Olympic Sports & Spine’s Orthopedic Residency is an 18 month post-professional clinical residency program designed to elevate a physical therapist’s competency and enhance patient centered care. The residency is characterized by advanced clinical education, principles of evidence informed practice, and processes of clinical reasoning. The clinical and academic curriculum is designed to assist residents to prepare for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist’s Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) examination. Each cohort begins on January 1 of each year.
The Orthopedic Residency consists of 2,212 total program hours over 18 months. The first 12 months is dedicated to knowledge areas of orthopedic practice and psychomotor skills of orthopedic physical therapists through 15 modules. The modules are: therapeutic alliance, orthopedic physical therapy theory & practice, medical considerations, lumbar spine, pelvic girdle, hip, knee, foot & ankle, temporomandibular joint, cervical spine, thoracic spine & rib cage, shoulder complex, elbow, wrist & hand, and pain science.
The last 6 months are dedicated to professional competencies of orthopedic physical therapists and include clinical instruction of a DPT intern, an academic presentation to OSS, a patient perspective project, and a case report.
Residents should anticipate 50 hours per week of clinical and academic work throughout the duration of the residency program. The clinical curriculum will consist of 37 hours of patient care and 3 hours of patient care mentorship with an OCS clinician. The remaining 10 hours per week are dedicated to an academic curriculum. Didactic and lab instruction will vary each week, but the instructional activities utilized within the program include NAIOMT courses, APTA independent study courses, Medbridge Education online courses, the review of journal articles, OSS in-services and advanced orthopedic psychomotor skill labs.
The orthopedic residency tuition is $13,600. Olympic Sports & Spine will provide tuition assistance based on the length of the agreement.
The program will offer the following two agreement/payment options:
2-Year Employment Agreement
3-Year Employment Agreement
Application Process & Questions
Please contact Samantha Gubka at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information regarding the orthopedic residency and its application process.
*The orthopedic residency program received accreditation through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education in 2020.