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The mission of the Spectrum Health Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to train advanced practitioners of orthopedic physical therapy, via didactic and clinical education, enabling them to be leaders in the profession for clinical practice, research, and education.
The orthopedic residency is designed to train physical therapists in advanced concepts of orthopedic physical therapy. The residency is a multi-facility program in which participants will receive in person mentoring from orthopedic clinical specialists, while maintaining a part time caseload in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. The resident will also be exposed to a variety of patient populations via clinical practice, and both medical clinical and surgical observation. The final goal of the residency is to prepare the participant to sit for the ABPTS Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Examination.
The duration of the physical therapy residency is approximately 12 months in length, and residents are expected to spend at least 40 hours each week completing residency tasks such as clinical observation, surgical observation, teaching assistance, in partnership with Grand Valley State University, and clinical practice.
The program begins in September of each year and the resident will progress through four three-month rotations of system clinical sites.
The program is preparing to apply for candidacy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Upon graduation of participants, the program will track future resident performance on the OCS examination, and employment after graduation.
The curriculum will be based on the most recent Description of Residency Practice from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Didactic Education will include sections on:
All applications are processed through the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS) and must include:
Applicants will be evaluated on the following:
Learn more about how to apply and what you need to include in your application.