Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
Our orthopaedic physical therapy residency is a structured educational and clinical mentoring program designed to prepare the practicing clinician for specialization in orthopaedics. After graduation, residents sit for the orthopaedic specialist certification examination.
Residency Program Structure
Our 12-month Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program prepares physical therapists to sit for board certification as an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). We utilize a blended learning format that incorporates online curriculum and weekend lab courses led by recognized leaders in the profession.
Plan of Study
The BenchMark Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency plan of study is approximately 12 months and includes 13 courses and 6 hands-on weekend labs.
The residency curriculum includes five components:
- Foundational prep course work
- Mentorship & clinical practice
- Blended and musculoskeletal management courses
- Online courses
- Capstone projects
- Scholarly projects
- OCS Prep
The curriculum and structure is designed to maximize flexibility and leverage technology in order to provide the resident with a quality blended learning platform while ensuring consistency in curriculum.
Each course has weekly assignments that include reading 2-3 articles, viewing 1-2 presentations and then completing an assignment or sets of assignments (discussion posts or quizzes). The didactic material is disseminated to the mentors to provide consistent feedback and match the mentoring to the didactic component. Many courses include hands-on weekend labs.
BMOR-101: Introduction to Effective Technology
The purpose of this course is to introduce the resident to online learning and the online platform that will be a part of the program. This course focuses on the use of technology to enhance the learners experience in a blended program. The use of web platforms, software and efficient smart phone use will be discussed.
BMOR-102: Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
The purpose of this course is to introduce the resident to the principles of evidence based practice including use of literature and interpretation of findings. Furthermore, introduction to critiquing literature will be included.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the resident to the principles of outcomes and the implementation of outcomes in clinical practice. Additionally, the residents will be exposed to the use of outcomes in research including interpretation.
BMOR-104: Cervicothoracic Disorders
This course focuses on the current best evidence for diagnosing / classifying cervico-thoracic disorders. Furthermore, management of these conditions including treatments and prognosis will be explored and analyzed.
BMOR-105: Upper Extremity Disorders
This course focuses on the current best evidence for diagnosing and managing upper extremity conditions including treatment and prognosis.
BMOR-106: Lower Extremity Disorders
This course focuses on the current best evidence for diagnosing and managing lower extremity conditions including, examination, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
BMOR-107: Lumbopelvic Disorders
This course focuses on the current best evidence for diagnosing and managing lumbopelvic conditions including, examination, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
An overview of radiologic imaging in physical therapy practice, covering the indications, uses, limitations and advantages of imaging techniques.
BMOR-111: Clinical Educator
The purpose of this course is to standardize the method in which our clinicians interact with student interns. The purpose of standardizing this process is to ensure that all interns are receiving an excellent clinical experience. Participants will learn the skills and techniques necessary to provide a structured and effective learning environment for interns including how to set learning goals and how to progress interns to independence with a case load. The goal of this course is not to improve clinician’s clinical skills but rather to improve the ability to teach, instruct and guide the development of interns.
BMOR-112: Dry Needling
This course focuses on skill acquisition of dry needling technique and clinical reasoning for implementing the intervention. Furthermore, evidence-based approaches for the use of dry needling will be emphasized.
BMOR-113: OCS Prep Course
This course focuses on the current best evidence for anatomy, arthrokinematic/biomechanics, clinical examination, evidence-based treatment interventions, pathological conditions and treatment interventions in order to prepare the resident to complete the OCS exam. The course will involve group projects, discussion board posts and articles to enhance the learning of the resident.
Why a Residency
Studies show that physical therapists who have obtained board certification in orthopaedic physical therapy get better results, faster. The advanced comprehensive post graduate education they undergo covers the total body and the board examination proves clinical proficiency. Bottom line: Board certified physical therapists bring real value to patients and physicians.
At BenchMark, we believe in always striving to offer the best therapy and measurable results to our patients and referral sources, and that’s why we’re dedicated to providing a world-class residency program that not only prepares physical therapists to sit for board certification as an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist, but advances their skill set ─ and career ─ as the highest-quality providers of care.
The BenchMark Rehab Institute Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopaedics.
For more information, please contact us at OrthoResidency@benchmarkrehabinstitute.com.