HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in Orthopedics. It is a one-year, full-time, clinically-based training program designed to accelerate the professional development of selected physical therapists. Physical therapists with advanced clinical skills from the outpatient areas of HSS Rehabilitation serve as faculty mentors to guide residents in development of advanced clinical expertise and current knowledge in the specialty of orthopedic physical therapy. The program is also designed to prepare residents to sit for the ABPTS Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) examination.
The mission of the HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide a consistent, comprehensive program that prepares physical therapists for advanced clinical practice in the specialty of orthopedic physical therapy, and to accelerate their professional development in becoming highly skilled patient care providers and educators in the community they serve.
The HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency is a full-time position, one year in duration. The resident is expected to work 40-45 hours/week. A salary and benefits package is provided.
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Applicants can apply in one of two ways:
Your application packet will need to include:
Application and supporting materials should be submitted to:
William Behrns PT, DPT, OCS, GCS
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Director
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Center
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Applications are evaluated by the Orthopedic Residency Director, Coordinator and faculty based on:
All applicants are screened prior to interview selection and admission into the residency program. The Orthopedic Residency Director, Coordinator and faculty select the top candidates each year based on the criteria described above. In accordance with hospital policy, all employment-related decisions, including program recruitment, admission, retention, and dismissal, are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, national origin, marital status, age (18 or older), disability, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
The curriculum of the HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency provides residents with a comprehensive, structured program of clinical and didactic experiences for the development of advanced critical reasoning and clinical skills in orthopedic physical therapy based on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties’ “Description of Specialty Practice for Orthopaedic Physical Therapy”. Residents will provide supervised patient care at HSS rehabilitation locations as well as participate in educational experiences. Instructional methods include one-to-one mentoring by physical therapists with advanced expertise, a lectures/labs series given by program and guest faculty, HSS grand rounds, departmental and section inservices, clinical observation of physical and occupational therapists with advanced clinical expertise, observation of orthopedic surgeries and physician visits, and involvement in journal club and research-related activities. The curriculum comprises modules on the lumbar spine/pelvis, cervical and thoracic spine, upper extremity and lower extremity, and special topics such as pain science, ergonomics, research, pharmacology, radiology, pediatric/adolescent orthopedics and craniomandibular disorders. In addition, residents complete an independent study of the didactic residency curriculum of the APTA Orthopaedic Section, including 6 written examinations. Residents integrate and share their expanding skills and knowledge through presentation of critically appraised journal articles, case presentations, and preparation of a written case report.
Multi-facility (order and number of rotations may vary)