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Orthopaedic Residency

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 1.38.11 PMDrayer Physical Therapy Institute® (DPTI) is proud to offer an orthopaedic residency program designed to provide therapists with advanced knowledge and skilled training in a clinical environment.

The curriculum of this residency program is designed to provide physical therapists with advanced training in examination, clinical decision-making and treatment skills. The program utilizes a broad-based and eclectic curriculum. The lab training and lecture sessions allow faculty to focus on the individual needs of the resident. This curriculum is also designed to prepare therapists for the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialists Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Specialty Certification Examination.

Program Locations

The DPTI residency program is located in many regions with continued growth each year.  Please contact us for location specifics.

Program Outline

2016OrthopaedicResidencyClassThe residency program begins in January and will run for 50 consecutive weeks. Each resident provides patient care at one of DPTI’s leading outpatient facilities. Five hours weekly of patient care are spent in 1:1 mentoring with a therapist who has received ABPTS in orthopaedics (or OCS). Lecture and manual skills training occurs at the DPTI continuing education facility. Residents participate in research activities, including data collection, journal clubs, research seminars and the development of a case study series or research study. In addition, residents attend DPTI continuing education seminars and have the opportunity to participate in physician office visits with an orthopaedic surgeon. The resident receives 80% of a new graduate salary for the time he/she is employed, as well as an employee benefit package; which includes health, dental and disability insurance and a 401(k).

Goals of the Program:

DPTI’s residency program participants will be part of an integral team of healthcare clinicians responsible for patient care with an assurance that there is integrated care for an orthopaedic caseload. DPTI is committed to providing participants with a cultural and scientific-based clinical and didactic experience that accelerates professional growth.

  • Foster an environment that supports the growth of practitioners focused on patient-centered care
  • Develop and maintain a curriculum that is evidence-based and focused on the delivery of a high level of quality care to include evaluation, assessment, reassessment, intervention, prevention and discharge
  • Provide opportunity for residents to be active consumers and contributors of scientific literature
  • Foster the growth of clinicians that exhibit the highest standards of professionalism

Application Process

To apply, complete the application process through the APTA at www.abptrfe.org/rfptcas

All eligible candidates must:

  • Be a graduate of a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program
  • Possess license (this may be temporary where applicable) by state board in which clinical practice for residency will occur
  • Meet employment standards set forth by Drayer Physical Therapy Institute

**Consideration will be given based on academic experience, clinical experience within orthopaedics, community involvement and research.

To contact Jessica Heath, Director of Education, please complete the contact form below:

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