The Orthopaedic Physical
Therapy Residency Program supports the Mission of Saint Francis University by
providing quality education, clinical, and research opportunities. The
University environment, the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness,
and the Faculty-Student Practice foster the gathering of knowledge to allow for
application of evidence-based skills through various learning activities and
experiences. Achievement of the goals listed below allows the resident to
become a leader in the community and provide advanced knowledge, skills, and
professional behavior that will shape the future of physical therapy.
The Orthopaedic Physical
Therapy Residency Program at Saint Francis University is accredited by the
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a post-professional residency
program for physical therapists in orthopaedic physical therapy. This program
allows a licensed physical therapist to gain additional knowledge in the
orthopaedic physical therapy specialty area and prepares the resident to become
a board certified orthopaedic physical therapist. The program is one of only
four credentialed programs in the state of Pennsylvania and is offered through
a partnership with Windber Medical Center of Windber, PA.
The Saint Francis
University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is designed to
advance the knowledge and skills of the resident in five (5) main areas:
This program is designed
to prepare the resident to take the American Board of Physical Therapy
Specialties (ABPTS) examination in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.
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The program is 12 months in length beginning each year in September. A typical week in the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program includes 2-4 hours of mentored practice, 30-35 hours of non-mentored practice, up to 10 hours of lab instruction and educational experiences, and 6 hours of other didactic work including self-study.
Residents gain the advanced skills and knowledge in a variety of structured learning experiences. Approximate hours of the experiences are:
The residency is offered as a partnership between Saint Francis University, the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness and Windber Medical Center. The resident will be an employee of Windber Medical Center and will complete all non-mentored clinical practice hours at said facility as well as some mentored practice. Additional mentored clinical practice, as well as all instructional and educational experiences, will take place at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness or via video teleconferencing/web-based interactive experiences.
Additional affiliation agreements with clinical sites for the residency program will be considered on an individual basis.
Preferred applicants are physical therapists who are interested in a career in orthopaedic physical therapy. Previous clinical experience and skills in orthopaedic physical therapy as well as research experience are preferred. New graduates are also welcome to apply.
Applicants must also possess:
All residency applications are now being processed through RF-PTCASSystem which can be accessed at this link: http://www.abptrfe.org/RFPTCAS/ApplicantWebsite/ If you experience difficulty with this link or have additional questions, please contact Mark Boland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Residency Dates: September 1 to August 31 (12 months).
Application Deadline: February 15th! Apply today!
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program Brochure (PDF)
Prospective applicants or clinics interested in developing an affiliation agreement with the residency program may direct questions to Mark Boland at (814) 471-1112 or email@example.com.
"As a new graduate entering the work force, I found the orthopedic residency a huge benefit. The residency provided mentorship in the clinic that I would not have had otherwise. The didactic portion of the residency helped to narrow down all of the information learned in college and highlight the best techniques/treatments to use based on evidence. This helped me to provide more efficient and effective intitial examinations and treatments. Overall, the residency was very beneficial in helping me to become more successful as a physical therapist in my first year as a clinician."
Kimberly Pasierb, PT, DPT, OCS
"As a new graduate, I found the Orthopedic Residency Program a great transition from student to an independently practicing Physical Therapist. The residency helped further my knowledge of Orthopedic Physical Therapy care by providing mentorships with Orthopedic Clinical Specialists who utilize evidence-based practice approaches. Through the mentorships and the didactic portions, I feel I have become a better clinician and am able to provide more efficient and successful care to my patients. Not only has the residency made me a better clinician, but I feel it helped me to achieve my career goal of becoming a Clinic Director immediately following the program."
~Katie Miller, PT, DPT
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