Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Fairview Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Overview
The Fairview orthopedic physical therapy residency is a post-professional clinical and didactic education experience designed for PT’s who wish to significantly advance their preparation as a specialty provider of orthopedic patient care services. It combines ongoing clinical mentoring with a theoretical basis for advanced practice and scientific inquiry. Not more than two Physical Therapists will be accepted into Residency each year. This orthopedic residency is hosted within Fairview Health Services by the Institute for Athletic Medicine; a robust rehabilitation organization dedicated to excellence in orthopedic care.

Program graduates will:
• Develop advanced knowledge, clinical decision making and practical skills to succeed in orthopedic specialty physical therapy practice
• Develop advanced professional and interpersonal skills necessary for successful interaction with caregivers and patients across the spectrum of orthopedic care
• Learn how to effectively participate as a member of a diversified orthopedic care team including PT, OT, MD, PTA, ATC, DC and more
• Expand your preparation for board certification as an orthopedic clinical specialist in physical therapy
Our orthopedic physical therapy residency includes:
• One-to-one clinical mentoring including shadowing and/or co-treating with wide range of content experts in orthopedic physical therapy
• Didactic clinical education modules covering the full spectrum of content areas found within an orthopedic specialty practice
• Skill development in orthopedic clinical practice areas including: examination, treatment interventions and clinical decision making
• Advanced training in manual therapy for the spine and extremities including mobilization and manipulation techniques
• Skill development in the use of evidence based practice, best practice guidelines and clinical prediction rules
• Dedicated time and supportive resources for research and community service projects
• Participation in lecture and/or practical laboratory teaching of orthopedic content to local university DPT students and to physician residents
• Surgical observation
• Practice and professional interaction with a wide variety of orthopedic care providers
• Weekly mentoring meetings for clinical case discussion and two way performance feedback
• Participation in monthly Sport and Spine Grand Rounds conferences with one presentation during the residency
• Participation in evidence based journal club meetings with literature discussion and article presentations.
• Opportunity for participation in IAM specialty orthopedic programs including Back in Balance, Thrower's Injury, Running, Dance Therapy, Next Step (return to sport program), and Golf
• Attendance at the annual two-day Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Conference in October
• Attendance at the annual two-day Current Concepts in Sports Medicine Conference held in spring
• Preparation for taking the OCS exam

Residency weekly hours (may vary throughout the year)
• Direct patient care: 20 hours
• One-to-one supervision/mentoring: 6-10 hours
• Classroom instruction: 2-4 hours
• Laboratory Instruction: 1-2 hours
• Physician shadowing/surgical observation: 2-4 hours
• Research/community service project: 4 hours
• Weekly resident/faculty meeting: 1 hour

Salary and benefits
• Salary of $37,500 for the residency year
• Access to full health, dental, liability, disability insurance benefit and paid time off

• There is no tuition or fee involved with the residency

Resident evaluation
Residents are evaluated throughout the year in a number of ways, in accordance with recommendations made by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). These evaluations are used to improve the residents’ performance and strengthen the curriculum:
• Quarterly 360 degree evaluation by faculty and other staff who interact with them (residency faculty, clinical and administrative staff) via, an online evaluation tool. A similar evaluation tool, completed by the residents, provides feedback about faculty, the curriculum and resident structure
• Completion of residency mentoring, activity and body region logs.
• Clinical/case presentations at monthly Spine Grand Rounds Conference.
• Evidence-based journal club presentations.
• Quarterly case/record review by faculty - a review of patient records and comparison of findings against accepted patient care standards.
• Simulations/models assessing knowledge of procedural skills.
• Completion of at least one research project; submit abstract for presentation/publication; presented at year-end at Annual Fellowship and Residency Dinner.
• Participation in a community based orthopedic health outreach clinic or service project.
• Individualized learning plan - residents identify three learning objectives for the year and strategies to achieve them. This plan will be revised at six-months and at conclusion of the residency.

Core components of the residency
• Clinical practice including one-to-one mentoring and independent clinical practice focusing on the following clinical components:
   - Examination
   - Evaluation
   - Diagnosis
   - Prognosis
   - Intervention
   - Management of a patient
• Completion of an orthopedic health based community service health project
• Patient education
• Research
• Supervision of other health care providers

Length of residency
• One year, beginning August 1 of each year

• The Fairview orthopedic physical therapy residency is fully credentialed by the APTA and the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education

Application process
• Application to the 2016-2017 Orthopedic Residency must be received by March 1, 2016. The Fairview Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency will be participating in the APTA/ABPTRFE central application system call RF-PTCAS.

Your application must include the following items:
• Cover letter of application with complete applicant contact information
• Curriculum Vitae including academic achievement and work history
• One to three page essay describing your reasons for and interest in pursuing this orthopedic residency
   - Describe the goals you plan to achieve by completing residency
   - Describe any particular research interest you may have
• Provide three letters of recommendation. One must be from a professional colleague or work supervisor

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process. All applicants must be licensed to practice physical therapy in Minnesota.

Applications may be sent to:
Fairview Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
Attn: Paul Breyen MA, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Institute for Athletic Medicine
14101 Fairview Drive, #300
Burnsville, MN. 55337

For further information regarding the Fairview orthopedic physical therapy residency, contact Paul Breyen, Director Fairview Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, at 952-460-4457 or email

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