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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

This residency program is a post-professional curriculum designed to elevate the clinical skills and knowledge from a general practitioner to that of a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. Upon completion of the residency program the resident will be prepared to take the Orthopedic Board Certification exam with the American Physical Therapy Association and practice patient-centered evidence-based orthopedic physical therapy at the competence level of an orthopedic clinical specialist.

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Program Mission

The mission of the A.T. Still University Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to graduate advanced practitioners of orthopedic physical therapy. These graduates will be ready to demonstrate excellence in the clinical practice of orthopedics, participate in continuing education courses and train other practitioners who will provide services to their local and professional community. Residents completing the orthopedic residency will be prepared to take the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Exam (OCS) given by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Graduates of the program will represent A.T. Still University’s values, including devotion to lifelong learning and excellence in education with clinical practice.

Clinical Requirements:

  • Resident must be employed in an approved physical therapy clinical setting in Arizona with a wide variety of patients with orthopedic musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Resident must have an APTA orthopedic certified specialist provide 2.5 hours of one-on-one mentoring in patient care per week. Mentoring for each resident is an organized collaboration between the “site mentor” and core University faculty.

Curriculum Overview
The curriculum includes online coursework, case studies, weekend continuing education courses and more. A panel of expert clinicians is available to consult with about patient care during the residency program. The resident will also shadow these expert clinicians as part of the clinical education experience.

Weekend Courses
All weekend courses are open to physical therapists and provide CEU hours. Learn more about our continuing education courses.

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  • University Catalog+

    • University Catalog Program guide

      Review the University Catalog to learn more about the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. Also read detailed course descriptions and dissertation specifications for the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program and find answers to many of your questions regarding application information and tuition.

  • Clinical Sites +

    • Approved Annual Residency Opportunities for 2017-2018
      Approved Annual Residency Opportunities will be on a rolling admissions basis. Once applicant has been offered acceptance into the Residency by the Program Director they may contact one of the pre-approved facilities below. Applicants may also submit a clinic of their choice as it meets the Residency guidelines and requirements for mentorship.

      ProActive Physical Therapy
      3945 E. Paradise Falls drive
      Tucson, AZ 85712
      John Woolf, MS, PT, ATC, COMPT
      jwoolf@proactivept.com
      (520)-321-0204

      360 Sports Medicine and Aquatic Rehabilitation Centers
      3700 N 24th St. Ste. 230
      Phoenix, AZ 85016
      Stephanie Lynch PT, DPT, OCS, ATC
      (602) 903-4383

      One Accord Pain Centers
      Mesa, AZ
      Sarah Hanna, PT, MPT, FAAOMPT, Cert. DN, Cert. SMT, Dip. Osteopractic
      sarahpt@oneaccordpt.com
      (855) 331-7522

      OneAccord Physical Therapy
      Casa Grande, AZ
      Kyle Cherney, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN
      drkyle@oneaccordpt.com
      (855) 331-7522

      Spooner Physical Therapy
      2122 E Highland Ave, Suite 200
      Phoenix, AZ 85016
      Chad Waits, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, PMA-CPT
      C.waits@spoonerphysicaltherapy.com
      (602) 778-0900

      Physicians Physical Therapy
      3050 N. Litchfield Road #100
      Goodyear, AZ 85395
      Christopher Seufert, PT, DPT, OCS
      cseufert@pptsonline.com
      (623) 935-5505

      ATI Physical Therapy
      Nicklaus E. Biederwolf, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS, CSCS
      North Phoenix Paradise Valley Clinic Director
      11209 N Tatum Blvd, Suite 120 | Phoenix, AZ 85028
      nicklaus.biederwolf@ATIpt.com | www.ATIpt.com
      602-795-8441

      For additional information about receiving approval to serve as a clinical site for a resident, please contact the Program Director, Cheri Hodges, at chodges@atsu.edu.

  • Benefits of Mentorship+

    • As a mentor in the A.T. Still University Orthopedic Residency Program, you will benefit from:

      • Recruitment and retention of physical therapists through the opportunity to participate in the Orthopedic Residency at your clinic and presence on the A.T. Still University Orthopedic Residency website as a clinical partner;
      • Access to the ATSU extensive medical library resources including prestigious online peer reviewed journals, search engines in national databases and Rehabilitation Reference Guide;
      • Status as adjunct faculty with A.T. Still University;
      • Free weekend continuing education courses sponsored by the Orthopedic Residency Program;
      • Current concepts copies are included with your title as a mentor;
      • Weekly webinars emphasizing the latest evidence based research concepts;
      • The opportunity to provide one to one mentoring and clinical knowledge to the next generation of physical therapists;
      • Elevating your clinic and your profession through incorporating evidence based practice and outcome measures;
      • Contributing to elevation of the profession and the future of physical therapy.


      Requirements of a Mentor

      As a mentor in the A.T. Still University Orthopedic Residency Program, you will be required to:

      • Mentor the resident one-on-one for an average of 2.5 hours per week in the clinical practice;
      • Implement evidence-based practice;
      • Be an orthopedic certified specialist;
      • Have completed the Clinical Instructor Education & Credentialing Course sponsored by the APTA. If you have not, there is an opportunity to do so as part of the Residency Program.

      Contact us to discuss your future mentoring opportunities:

      Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT, MappSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
      Director of the Orthopedic Residency Program
      Associate professor, Physical Therapy
      Arizona School of Health Sciences

      A.T. Still University
      5850 E. Still Circle
      Mesa, AZ 85206

      Phone: 480.219.6189
      Email: Chodges@atsu.edu

      We look forward to speaking with you.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Faculty

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      • Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT, MAppSc, OCS, FAAOMPT Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT, MAppSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
        Director, Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program
        Assistant Professor
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      • Amisha Klawonn, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Amisha Klawonn, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

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      • Cory Manton, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS Cory Manton, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

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      • Wayne Smith, PT, MEd, DPT, ATC, SCS, RMSK Wayne Smith, PT, MEd, DPT, ATC, SCS, RMSK

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      • Tim Fearon, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT Tim Fearon, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

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  • Expert Clinicians +

      • spacer image for page layout Chandrika Lotwala
        PT, DPT, Amurvel Physical Therapy

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      • spacer image for page layout Todd S. Ellenbecker
        DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS, USPTA, Physiotherapy Associates

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      • spacer image for page layout Kathleen Petkovsky
        PT, CHT, Industrial Hand & Physical Therapy

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      • spacer image for page layout Lauri Lazarus
        PT

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      • Adrienne Parry Adrienne Parry
        PT, DPT

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      • spacer image for page layout Tim Fearon
        PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, Fearon and Roessler Physical Therapy

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      • spacer image for page layout Shane Martin
        MD, Board Certified, Phoenix Orthopedic Consultants

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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Admissions

  • Requirements +

      • Graduation from a CAPTE (Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education) physical therapy program;
      • License to practice physical therapy in Arizona upon acceptance, prior to matriculation. (Arizona license required for residency clinical experiences);
      • Employment in an approved clinical practice in Arizona with an approved clinical mentor;
      • Personal malpractice liability coverage required upon acceptance, prior to matriculation.
  • Application Procedures+

      • Submit primary application through RF-PTCAS at www.abptrfe.org. Application opens September 1st one year prior to anticipated enrollment.
      • The deadline to apply through RF-PTCAS is July 15th of the year of anticipated enrollment.

      Items required of applicants in the RF-PTCAS primary application:

      • Complete RF-PTCAS application:
        • Official transcripts from every PT U.S. college and university attended;
        • Correct RF-PTCAS application fee
        • 3 received electronic Evaluations

      Program specific supplemental requirements:

      • Resume/CV;
      • Supplemental fee of $70;
      • Additional information detailing clinical site and mentor;
      • Interview with Residency Program Director or faculty.

      **Program does not require additional Evaluations aside from those included in the RF-PTCAS primary application.

      Qualities desired for Residency applicants

      • Strong desire to advance clinical skills and knowledge;
      • Strong communication in clinical reasoning skills;
      • Evidence of self-initiative and self-responsibility;
      • Commitment to patient-centered practice.

      Contact Information
      For additional information regarding the orthopedic physical therapy residency program please contact:
      Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT, Mapp, OCS, FAAOMPT
      Program Director
      chodges@atsu.edu
      480-219-6189

  • Tuition and Financial Services+

    • Tuition for the 2016-2017 twelve-month residency program is $8,008. This $8,008 can be paid in four installment payments (First payment includes a one-time fee of $175). This tuition does not include the costs of book or other supplies, but does include the costs of weekend courses. (Tuition is subject to change based on action by the Board of Trustees of the University)

  • FAQs+

    • How A.T. Still’s Orthopedic Residency Program differs from other residency
      programs?

      A.T. Still’s Orthopedic Residency Program is unique in that it is a University-based
      program partnering with a variety of clinical sites. Our Program has experienced
      faculty both as educators and as clinical specialists. In addition to the core ATSU
      faculty, we have partnered with expert clinicians in areas of clinical specialties with
      a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience as a resource for our residents. The
      foundation of this Residency Program is built from a strong clinical reasoning base.
      Our residents are trained with a focus on education, leadership, and evidencedbased
      practice. The Program’s university setting also provides tremendous
      resources to the resident including the learning resource center, a virtual library
      with online journals and books, people, equipment, and facilities designed to
      promote learning.

      What is the curriculum like?
      Supervised clinical mentorship and teaching are key components of the A.T. Still
      University’s Orthopedic Residency Program. Each week will include on average 2.5
      hours with their clinical mentor. Core faculty from A.T. Still University also provide
      some mentorship in clinical practice. The didactic component of the residency
      curriculum is centered on the “Current Concept of Orthopedic Physical Therapy” for
      the 12 body regions published by the APTA, and the best evidence available in the
      practice of orthopedic physical therapy. There are assigned learning activities to
      develop leadership and teaching skills. The resident is required to be a clinical
      instructor for an entry level PT student during the 12-month program. Weekly
      webinars are held where the residents and core faculty have discussions, and share
      case studies. The Program has 7 clinical experts available for consultation and
      shadowing in clinical practice. There are multiple weekend courses over the course
      of the Residency Program including lab sessions to develop and practice clinical
      skills. There are two written and live patient exams for assessment of clinical skills
      and theoretical knowledge.

      How many years of clinical experience in the Physical Therapy profession
      should I have before applying to the Orthopedic Residency Program?
      There is no minimum experience requirement to apply to the Program. We are able
      to tailor our Program to address the needs and experience level of each individual
      resident. We welcome new graduates to apply to the Program.
      When is the application deadline, and Program start date?
      We run on a rolling admissions process with an application deadline of July 15th and
      the Program starting October 1st of each year. The applicant may apply before
      having secured an approved clinical site and mentor. The clinical site and mentor
      must be approved by the Director of the Residency Program or Faculty before
      matriculation and have a license to practice physical therapy in Arizona.
      How much time should I expect to work on the residency each week?
      We estimate an average of 10 hours per week should be directed toward the
      Residency Program over the 12 months.

      How many hours of clinical practice per week?
      Residents are required to be employed in a non-physician owned orthopedic clinic
      in Arizona that has a wide patient population with musculoskeletal conditions. We
      recommend the resident works approximately a 30-hour week schedule however;
      the details of the employment are between the resident and the employer. To date
      most of our residents have worked full-time while participating in the Residency.
      Who will be my mentor and what are the requirements of the mentor?
      Residents are required to have clinical mentor willing to and able to mentor the
      resident one-on-one for an average of 2.5 hours in clinical practice each week. The
      mentor should practice evidence-based practice and have their APTA orthopedic
      certified specialist. The mentor should have gone through the Clinical Instructor
      Credentialing Course sponsored by the APTA. If they have not, there is opportunity
      to do so as part of the Residency Program. The core faculty at ATSU will also
      provide some mentorship in the clinical practice.

      What are some of the benefits to the mentors?
      The mentors are given the title and privileges of Adjunct Faculty of A.T. Still
      University. This includes full access to the extensive resources of the university’s
      library. We encourage participation in our weekend course (no registration fee),
      and participation in the webinars. Mentors are learning along with the resident the
      best evidence in physical therapy practice and elevate their own clinical knowledge
      and skills while participating in the 12 month Program.
      How many residents participate in the Orthopedic Residency Program?
      Four to 6 residents are accepted into the Program each year.
      What license should I hold to apply to the Orthopedic Residency Program?
      The applicant must have an Arizona license to practice Physical Therapy at the time
      of matriculation.

      Can student loans be deferred while enrolled in the Program?
      Residency Programs may qualify for deferment of student loans while enrolled in
      the Program. However, individual lenders have different requirements. Please
      check with your lender to confirm this information for your specific situation.

      Is an interview required as part of the Application process?
      Yes, in person or distance via Skype/Zoom is acceptable.

      Have additional questions?
      Contact Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Program Director
      Chodges@atsu.edu
      480.219.6189.

The Family and Culture


Three medical students wearing white lab coats smiling, posed for a picture. Female medical students wearing white lab coats, smiling while consulting with a patient. Students gathered around a woman lying underneath an x-ray machine. Three medical professionals examining the ear of an elderly man. Physical Therapy students working together. A young woman wearing a white lab coat, talking with a small boy holding a teddy bear. Male medical professional examining a mouth mold. Physical therapy doctor examining the knee of a young woman. Group workshop featuring people seated in rows of chairs with their arms stretched out.

 

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency 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.

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

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