The Orthopedic Residency Program housed at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy was established in October 2014. The purpose of our residency program is to provide the physical therapist with an opportunity to develop advanced competencies in the specific area of practice that encompasses Orthopedic Physical Therapy through a planned course of clinical practice, didactic learning modules, and clinical mentoring.
Through a system of structured learning opportunities, the residency program strives to prepare the physical therapist for the successful completion of their requirements to sit for and pass their board examinations as clinical specialists in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
The program involves a one-year experience in a dynamic Orthopedic Physical Therapy setting. Throughout the structured residency, the candidates routinely complete clinical practice assignments, live-patient examinations, didactic course modules, scholarly projects, in-service presentations, and lead journal clubs. They also participate in community presentations, surgical observations, laboratory sessions, as well as completion of the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program. This gives insight to the management of day-to-day operations and practice administration— all in preparation to pass their board specialization in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice (OCS).
A week in the life of a resident is hectic. They are practicing with full schedules on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with half days on Tuesday and Thursday. In-addition to their clinical obligations as staff/resident therapists, they are completing 1:1 clinical mentoring every Tuesday with resident faculty from Foothills Clinics. Their clinical education modules are nothing short of extensive with hundreds of pages worth of weekly readings. They are viewing dozens of Medbridge online education videos. They are responsible for monthly Grand Rounds, reviewing evidence based practice on each and every patient on their active patient list.
During their clinical “downtime” on Thursday mornings, they are developing community lectures, observing surgeries with local providers, and catching up with readings and videos. A typical week consists of around 60-70 hours/week of educational and treatment dedication. The unique aspect of this particular program is that many of the online videos and clinical education are open to all professional staff within Foothills.
If you are interested in the Residency Program, a centralized application system (RF-PTCAS) is required for applicants to apply to our program. Additionally, we require applicants to provide a copy of applicant qualifications including graduation from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program. Please submit your application by April 1. Interviews will be scheduled by May 1, 2015. You can also contact your facility owner/director and communicate your interest.
Check out our Residency Program page to view an in depth description about the program.