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 these components:

  • Foundational prep course work
  • Mentorship & clinical practice
  • Musculoskeletal courses divided into 4 major areas:
    • Lumbopelvic
    • Cervicothoracic
    • Lower Extremity
    • Upper Extremity
  • Clinical Instructor Course
  • Imaging/Pharmacology Course
  • Electives (Dry Needling, Pain Science, Thrust Manipulation, etc)
  • 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.

 

Course Descriptions

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.

BMOR-103: Outcomes

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. This course includes a 2-day weekend lab to master manual skills.

BMOR-105: Upper Extremity Disorders

This course focuses on the current best evidence for diagnosing and managing upper extremity conditions including treatment and prognosis. This course includes a 2-day weekend lab to master manual skills.

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.This course includes a 2-day weekend lab to master manual skills.

BMOR-107: Lumbopelvic Disorders

This course focuses on the current best evidence for diagnosing and managing lumbopelvic conditions, including examination, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.This course includes a 2-day weekend lab to master manual skills.

BMOR-109: Imaging/Pharmacology

An overview of radiologic imaging in physical therapy practice, covering the indications, uses, limitations and advantages of imaging techniques. The course also presents pharmacologic implications for the orthopaedic physical therapist.

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-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.

Elective Track Options:

  1. Dry Needling: DN1 and DN2   
  2. Advanced Topics: MTX and DN3
  3. Pain Science: MPS and Advanced Pain Science
  4. Thrust Manipulation: TM1 and TM2 

 

Why a Residency

Entry level education is just that- entry to the profession. This does not fully prepare a graduate for specialty practice. If you wish to practice is the orthopaedic setting, a residency program is the gold-standard, first step in the path toward becoming an expert. This advanced, comprehensive post-graduate education focuses on  evidence-informed practice with a strong clinical reasoning foundation that revolves around patient experiences and expectations. 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. This program 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.