Together with SSM Health Physical Therapy, Saint Louis University offers a 12-month physical therapy orthopedic residency that allows you to participate in mentored patient care with expert clinicians in orthopedics settings.
The program allows licensed physical therapists to advance their orthopedics knowledge, skills and attributes, as described by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists’ Description of Specialty Practice. It involves both classroom learning and psychomotor instruction at Saint Louis University and SSM Health Physical Therapy in face-to-face, online and small group formats.
Graduates of the residency are prepared to sit for the Orthopedic Specialty Examination. Program highlights include:
The curriculum for this program includes 1,200 hours of non-mentored patient care, for which you will be paid. It also consists of:
**Coursework is regionally based and will be taught through small group facilitation, journal club, psychomotor skills and lecture. All courses include mobilization/manipulation where appropriate.
|Monday||Entry level teaching||Clinical practice with mentor|
|Tuesday||Clinical practice (non-mentored)||Physician shadowing|
|Wednesday||Residency instruction||Clinical practice (non-mentored)|
|Thursday||Clinical Practice (non-mentored||Clinical Practice (non-mentored)|
|Friday||Clinical Practice with mentor||Residency instruction|
The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education states:
"The residency experience combines opportunities for ongoing mentoring and formal and informal feedback to the physical therapist resident, including required written and live patient practical examinations, with a foundation in scientific inquiry, evidence-based practice and course work designed to provide a theoretical basis for advanced practice.
A residency program must be completed within a minimum of 1,500 hours including a minimum of 150 hours of one to one mentoring and a minimum of 75 hours of didactic training completed between nine to 36 months within the specialty area of practice. A fellowship program allows a therapist to subspecialize in an area of practice and must be completed with a minimum of 1,000 hours and between six to 36 months."
The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program is an accredited
residency located in the heart of the Midwest. It offers you the unique opportunity
to be mentored by experts in two different facilities, to instruct in SLU's entry-level
program in physical therapy and to participate in pro bono services to the Saint Louis
The partnership between the two facilities provides access to numerous resources, clinical experiences and expertise in a variety of settings for orthopedic patient care.
Recent graduates of APTA-credentialed physical therapy programs are eligible to apply, as are physical therapists who are new to the field of orthopedics and are interested in one-on-one mentoring.
Two residents are accepted each year.
The program begins in mid-August and runs for one year. Residents begin work at a clinical site, then instruct within SLU's entry-level DPT program.
March 1. Only one annual application cycle is offered, beginning after the first of the year.
Applicants can hold a bachelor's, master's or doctor of physical therapy degree.
We participate in the Residency/Fellowship Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS). Visit http://www.abptrfe.org/RFPTCAS for more information.
Yes. Our curriculum is developed from the Description of Specialty Practice readiness
guidelines. An emphasis is placed on the concepts and knowledge necessary for the
Yes, a personal interview with the faculty of the SLU-SSM Health Residency Program is a requirement of the application process for invited applicants.
Typically, yes; however different lenders may have different policies. Check with your specific lender regarding your individual account and its management.
Residents are expected to demonstrate successful completion of written and oral exams, and practical examinations with patients.
Yes. You must have a Missouri state physical therapy license prior to beginning the residency in August.
Residents practice for approximately six months at each of the two locations: SSM Health Physical Therapy and Saint Louis University's Physical Therapy Clinic.
Residents are expected be a member of the APTA. Expenses include living, transportation, parking, APTA membership and conference fees. Learning materials such as additional texts, independent study course modules, computer access and suitable professional clothing should also be expected expenses.
Yes. Residents in this program are considered full time, benefited SSM Health employees and are paid a competitive rate for their non-mentored hours of patient care and for their role in the entry-level courses at the SLU physical therapy program.