Spine Fellowship

ABPTRFE Accredited ProgramDrayer Physical Therapy Institute® (DPTI) is excited to offer an APTA accredited Spine Fellowship program. The fellowship is designed to provide therapists with advanced knowledge and skill training specializing in the spine. Preference is given to clinicians who have completed an APTA accredited residency or who are ABPTS orthopaedic certified specialists (OCS).

The fellowship provides both a cultural and scientific-based experience for clinical excellence and future leadership within DPTI, offering an opportunity for clinicians to participate in clinical teaching through mentoring and didactic coursework.

The fellows are exposed to an extensive curriculum containing material on advanced manipulation skills, movement science, impairment diagnostic classification and pain sciences.

Program Locations

The DPTI fellowship program is currently located in the Hummelstown, Pennsylvania area.  We anticipate growth into new regions in the future.

Program Outline

2016 Spine Fellowship ClassWhile the fellowship is currently based out of Hummelstown, PA, near Harrisburg, two course modules will occur at the University of Southern California’s Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Additional coursework is provided in an online format and live seminars held at corporate headquarters in Hummelstown, PA.

The fellowship begins in January and runs for 50 consecutive weeks. Each fellow provides care at one of DPTI’s leading outpatient facilities. Each week the fellow in training will spend three hours being mentored 1:1 by a specialist and five hours mentoring an orthopaedic resident 1:1. Fellows in training are responsible for the participation and submission of a case study, literature review, IRB or clinical trial or presentation to national conference. In addition, time is spent with an orthopaedic surgeon and/or physiatrist during office visits. The fellow receives a salary while employed, as well as an employee benefit package including health, dental, disability and 401(k).

Goals of the Program:

  • Foster an environment that allows for the development of fellows focused on patient-centered, clinically superior care motivated to provide a high level of quality care to include evaluation, assessment, reassessment, intervention, prevention and discharge
  • Foster the growth of clinicians that exhibit the highest standards of professionalism serving as a resource to peers and the community
  • Develop clinical educators by having fellows participate in the didactic teaching and clinical mentorship of residents enrolled in DPTI’s APTA accredited orthopaedic residency program
  • Support fellows contribution to the health profession and active consumers and/or contributors of scientific literature
  • Serve as primary entry into healthcare system through direct access

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
  • Be licensed in the state in which clinical practice will occur during fellowship and have direct access eligibility
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a previous supervisor, preferably clinical faculty in a residency program)
  • Preference will be given to ABPTS OCS and/or graduates from an APTA Accredited Orthopaedic Residency Program
  • Meet employment standards set forth by Drayer Physical Therapy Institute

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