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Physical Therapy Division Orthopedic Clinical Residency Program


Application and Selection Process

The University of Michigan Health System Physical and Occupational Therapy division through Physical  Medicine and Rehabilitation takes pride in offering an orthopedic clinical residency program designed to provide entry level graduates and general physical therapists with advanced training in orthopedics.  This program utilizes a rigorous multi-paradigm orthopedic approach, based on the most current scientific evidences available, with didactic, laboratory and clinical training sessions. The curriculum also aims to prepare the resident for the APTA Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification Examination.

The University of Michigan Health System Residency Program is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post professional residency program for physical therapists in Orthopedics.

This residency runs for 18 months.  Residents are expected to spend 20 hours each week in the residency. Up to 5 residents are accepted to participate in the program each year. The residents can either be: (1) UMHS employed part time (provided an opening within PM&R exists) and then mentored part- time (20 hours/wk), (2) employed as a temporary employee with a 20 hour appointment for the duration of the residency and mentored for 20 hours a week or (3) work part-time at a different facility and mentored part- time.  If the resident is also a UMHS employee, benefits including health insurance are provided, if the resident is a temporary employee all health insuracne will need to be paid for by the resident.  The UMHS does provide a stipend for residents, which will cover the cost of attaining health insurance.  If the resident works outside the university, they will be responsible to provide proof of malpractice insurance. 

Curriculum Outline
150 hours of classroom/lab instruction
240 hours of 1:1 supervision while treating patients
960 hours of clinical practice
68 hours of specialty practice observation

The content of the classroom, lab and clinical reasoning in this program encompass the following areas:

  1. Cervical Spine
  2. Thoracic Spine and Ribs
  3. Lumbar Spine
  4. Sacral Spine and Sacroiliac Joint Complex
  5. Hip Joint
  6. Knee Complex
  7. Foot and Ankle
  8. Shoulder Complex
  9. Surgical Shoulder and Elbow
  10. Elbow, Wrist and Hands
  11. Temporomandibular Joint
  12. Evidence Based Practice 
  13. Pharmacology
  14. Diagnostic Imaging
  15. Post op patient 
  16. Concepts of the Motion Based Assessment Method
  17. Concepts of the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Method
  18. Concepts of the Osteopathic Method
  19. Special Lectures on Pregnancy, Interventional Medicine, Conditioning and Exercise, Multidisciplinary Spine Treatment

Clinical Faculty
Rishi Bakshi M.D.
Michel Bird, M.S.P.T.
Patricia Connors, P.T., O.M.P.T.
Amelia Louis Ferdinand, P.T., O.C.S.
Joseph Hornyak M.D.
Kathie Juchartz O.T.R.
Pamela Knickerbocker, P.T., M.S., O.C.S., O.M.P.T.
Andrew Marsh, P.T., Cert. M.D.T.
Britt Michel, C.S.C.S.
Quaintance Miller, O.T.R.
Julia Okuly P.T., O.M.P.T.
Meagan Pline P.T.
Diane Rufe, P.T., M.H.S.
Corey Snyder DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS
Elizabeth Wiggert, P.T., O.C.S.

The applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic Education
  2. Clinical Education and Mentoring Experiences
  3. Clinical Experience in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  4. Personal Vision and Development Plan

Minimal Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Licensure in Physical Therapy by the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy and/or be able to attain a license prior to the initiation of residency.
  2. Comply with the University of Michigan Health System employment Requirements
  3. Membership in the American Physical Therapy Association preferred.

Click here for a pdf of the Orthopedic Clinical Residency Program Brochure

To apply for admission to the residency program, please submit the following items to the director of the Orthopedic Clinical Residency Program:

Andrew Marsh PT, Cert. MDT
Residency Director
UMHS PM&R Spine Program
325 E. Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

Applications can also be emailed to:
Please include the following items in your application package:

  1. The applicants submit the completed application packet to Andrew Marsh, PT, Cert. MDT. All applications are due by May 1st for consideration of a start date on the monday following the July 4th holiday. The admissions committee reviews the applications. 
  2. The committee selects the top 10 candidates for a face to face interview including a mock evaluation of a patient /case study. This determines the applicants’ basic clinical competency in orthopedic physical therapy.
  3. The committee selects up to the top 5 applicants who will be accepted into the program. A waitlist of two other applicants is determined in case of a drop out.   The program will not have greater than 5 applicants at any one time combined for years 1 and 2.
  4. The program director notifies the applicants about the results. The applicant will either: (a) choose to participate in the residency program; or (b) deny participation in the program for that year.
  5. The program director notifies the faculty of the names of the residents accepted into the program. The residents sign and return the Resident Terms and Agreement within fifteen days. Failure to accomplish this without notice to the Residency Committee results in default. The committee notifies waitlisted applicants to join the program. Six is the maximum number of residents per year.
  6. The coordinator notifies unsuccessful applicants for that year. Unsuccessful applicants will still be eligible for re-application for the following year.

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