Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

About the residency 

The Fairview Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a post-professional clinical and didactic education experience designed for PTs 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.

Program graduates gain the knowledge and skills to provide exceptional orthopedic patient care, learn to integrate evidence with clinical practice and serve as an advocate for physical therapy to consumers and colleagues in the communities we serve through education and community service.

Up to three Residents are accepted for each Residency year. One Resident per year is accepted into a business leadership position. All Residents are provided with the curriculum listed below. Capstone projects differ between business leadership track Residents and traditional track Residents. Residents receive guidance from the Residency director and other faculty for the selection and completion of the capstone project.


  • First Orthopedic PT Residency in the state of MN
  • 17 Graduates (as of 2019)
  • 100% first time pass-rate on the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam

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
  • Develop advanced skills necessary for the analysis of relevant orthopedic scientific literature and the clinical application of evidence.
  • Promote advocacy of PT to consumers and colleagues in the communities we serve through education and community service.
  • Contribute to the orthopedic PT knowledge base through a Research track clinical research project or Leadership track capstone project.
  • Expand their preparation for board certification as an orthopedic clinical specialist in Physical Therapy

Curriculum Overview

  • Provide direct patient care in an Orthopedic setting
  • 1:1 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
  • Participation in teaching of orthopedic content to local university DPT and or PTA students and to physician residents
  • Specialty clinician (MD, PT, OT, DC) shadowing and clinical practice/surgery observation
  • Weekly mentoring meetings for clinical case discussion and two way performance feedback
  • Participation in monthly Grand Rounds conferences and presentation of one grand rounds conference during the residency
  • Participation in evidence based journal club meetings
  • Opportunity for participation in IAM specialty orthopedic programs including the Throwing program, the Running program, the Dance Program, the Next Step return to sport program, the Golf program
  • Attendance at the annual two-day Twin Cities Marathon Conference – October
  • Attendance at the annual two-day Current Concepts in Sports Medicine Conference - Spring
  • Preparation for taking the OCS exam
  • Completion of a community service project
  • Completion of a capstone research project

Salary and Benefits

Each Resident is paid at a rate commensurate with an 80% caseload at the current new graduate salary. Residents are eligible for full health, dental, liability, disability insurance benefit and two weeks paid time off as per Fairview Health Service employee standard.


There is no tuition or fee involved with the residency.

Length of Residency

Thirteen-month appointment beginning on/around August 1st of each year, ending on August 31st of the following calendar year.


Accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Fellowship and Residency Education through August 31st 2027.

Applying to our Program

The Fairview Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program participates in the APTA American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education centralized application process called RF-PTCAS.

About the Residency Faculty

Residency Director and physical therapist Annie Lewis DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT was the first graduate of the Fairview Orthopedic Residency and has been involved with the Residency faculty since 2014. She completed her DPT at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, MN. Lewis sees patients in Blaine, MN in addition to her Residency duties. Her clinical interests include low back and hip pain, lower extremity rehabilitation, neck pain, cervicogenic headaches, and TMD. She has presented locally on the topics of spine care in the general population, pediatrics, and athletes.

More than ten residency faculty bring advanced training and clinical skills in a full spectrum of Orthopedic injuries. Residents work with faculty throughout the year at rehabilitation clinics located in the Twin Cities Metro area.

Core Faculty

Adjunct faculty

Direct any questions to the program director:
Annie Lewis DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
(763) 528-2907