BRI Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy

Fellowship training is the highest level of clinical training available to physical therapists. The BRI Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) is an 18-month program which provides a combination of advanced didactic education and intensive clinical mentorship to guide experienced, board-certified, and/or residency-trained clinicians toward advanced practice in the sub-specialty field of OMPT. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, (FAAOMPT). The below bullets lay out just a few of the many reasons why one may choose to pursue advanced training through OMPT fellowship:

  • Improved Outcomes
  • Advanced Manual Assessment and Treatment Skill Acquisition
  • Cultivation of Highly Advanced Evidence-Informed Clinical Reasoning Skills
  • Teaching and Research Opportunities

Fellowship Program Structure

The program includes an 18-month plan of study that includes 12 didactic courses, 5 fellow-only weekend labs, and 4 mixed labs with residents and other participants – where the fellow-in-training will also participate in elements of live instruction in addition to clinical skill development.

The curriculum centers around 3 major themes:

  • Musculoskeletal Evidence Basis and Technical Mastery
  • Teaching, Scholarship, and Leadership
  • Advanced Clinical Reasoning

In addition, fellowship training will include:

  • >150 hours of 1:1 mentoring with a FAAOMPT
  • A comprehensive written examination
  • Multiple live patient cases with feedback and guidance from multiple experienced FAAOMPT faculty
  • A capstone scholarly project



The Benchmark Rehab Institute Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional fellowship program for physical therapists pursuing advanced training in orthopaedic manual physical therapy. In addition, the program is officially recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

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