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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

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Curriculum Guide

  • Continuing education courses included in tuition
  • Skill development sessions with core residency faculty
  • Case study webinars on resident's patients
  • Clinical expert shadowing

General Curriculum Overview

The curriculum delivery is blended with online resources, directed learning activities, clinical mentoring, and laboratory practical course work.  The program has been developed to accommodate the full time working individual who is currently seeing patients in an out patient clinical setting.  The program is 12 months in duration, and will be delivered in eight learning modules.

Each module will include content from the “Orthopedic Physical Therapy Description of Specialty Practice” on examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and treatment outcomes for common musculoskeletal conditions.  Developing patient centered evidence-based practice will be the focus of each module.

Clinical Reasoning and Evidence-based Practice

This course will provide the fundamental bases for the courses to follow.  The primary goal of the course will be to develop an understanding of the clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making process and foster the resident’s development of these skills. The clinical reasoning process in this course and all succeeding courses includes meta-cognitive analysis of both clinical success and error in patient management.   Models of clinical reasoning will be explored and emphasis will be placed on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and the developing evidence-based practice guidelines developed by the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association.  Residents will be required to develop and present case studies demonstrating their developing clinical reasoning skills and understanding of evolving of evidence in practice management of common musculoskeletal conditions.

The Cervical and Thoracic Spinal Regions: Physical Therapy Patient Management Utilizing Current Evidence

This course will provide an in depth review of current practice management concepts with patients with functional impairments in the cervical and thoracic spinal regions.  Evidence based orthopedic physical therapy theory and practice will be developed through clinical and laboratory experiences.  Clinical reasoning skills will continue to be developed applying clinical reasoning and evidence based practice principles in these body regions.  A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new theoretic knowledge and clinical skills to direct patient care in the clinic throughout each module.

Shoulder Complex: Physical Therapy Patient Management Utilizing Current Evidence

This course will provide an in depth review of current practice management concepts with patients with functional impairments in the shoulder region.  Evidence based orthopedic physical therapy theory and practice will be developed through clinical and laboratory experiences.  Clinical reasoning skills will continue to be developed applying clinical reasoning and evidence based practice principles in these body regions.  A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new theoretic knowledge and clinical skills to direct patient care in the clinic throughout each module.

Elbow, Wrist, and Hand: Physical Therapy Patient Management Utilizing Current Evidence

This course will provide an in depth review of current practice management concepts with patients with functional impairments in the elbow wrist, and hand regions.  Evidence based orthopedic physical therapy theory and practice will be developed through clinical and laboratory experiences.  Clinical reasoning skills will continue to be developed applying clinical reasoning and evidence based practice principles in these body regions.  A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new theoretic knowledge and clinical skills to direct patient care in the clinic throughout each module.

Lumbo-pelvic Region: Physical Therapy Patient Management Utilizing Current Evidence

This course will provide an in depth review of current practice management concepts with patients with functional impairments in the lumbo-pelvic region.  Evidence based orthopedic physical therapy theory and practice will be developed through clinical and laboratory experiences.  Clinical reasoning skills will continue to be developed applying clinical reasoning and evidence based practice principles in these body regions.  A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new theoretic knowledge and clinical skills to direct patient care in the clinic throughout each module.

Hip: Physical Therapy Patient Management Utilizing Current Evidence

This course will provide an in depth review of current practice management concepts with patients with functional impairments in the hip region.  Evidence based orthopedic physical therapy theory and practice will be developed through clinical and laboratory experiences.  Clinical reasoning skills will continue to be developed applying clinical reasoning and evidence based practice principles in these body regions.  A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new theoretic knowledge and clinical skills to direct patient care in the clinic throughout each module.

Knee: Physical Therapy Patient Management Utilizing Current Evidence

This course will provide an in depth review of current practice management concepts with patients with functional impairments in the knee region.  Evidence based orthopedic physical therapy theory and practice will be developed through clinical and laboratory experiences.  Clinical reasoning skills will continue to be developed applying clinical reasoning and evidence based practice principles in these body regions.  A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new theoretic knowledge and clinical skills to direct patient care in the clinic throughout each module.

Foot and Ankle: Physical Therapy Patient Management Utilizing Current Evidence

This course will provide an in depth review of current practice management concepts with patients with functional impairments in the foot and ankle regions.  Evidence based orthopedic physical therapy theory and practice will be developed through clinical and laboratory experiences.  Clinical reasoning skills will continue to be developed applying clinical reasoning and evidence based practice principles in these body regions.  A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new theoretic knowledge and clinical skills to direct patient care in the clinic throughout each module.

American Physical Therapy Association Instructor Education and Credentialing Course

This course prepares the resident to become a clinical instructor for an entry-level physical therapy student.  The course covers how to develop learning experiences for the students, and how to facilitate ongoing learning experiences through questioning and effective feedback from the resident.  Management skills for students in exceptional situations will be addressed, as well as legal implications for the clinical instructor, and legislation presented in the American Disabilities Act.

Radiology and Imaging

This course is designed to present the basic concepts of diagnostic imaging as related to physical therapy practice. This course includes an overview of physical principles, diagnostic capabilities, and key points for patient education. Application to physical therapy and treatment strategies will be covered. Major diagnostic imaging procedures commonly experienced by patients with physical therapy-related diagnoses will be addressed; including radiographs, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, positron emission tomograghy, single photon emission computerized tomography, fluoroscopy, and myelogram. The purpose of this course is to introduce the resident to the concepts and principles necessary to understand the capabilities and applications of various diagnostic imaging and the impact on physical therapy practice. Expectations are not for the resident to be proficient in reading all imaging studies, but to have a basic knowledge of their use and purpose. The should come to respect the role that the diagnostic imaging studies play in the practice of physical therapy and how these studies can augment clinical evaluation and patient/client management interventions.