The mission of the Fairview Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is to provide advanced clinical training and professional development in the field of orthopedic specialty patient care. Program graduates will 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.
The Fairview Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program will:
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 three Physical Therapists will be accepted into Residency each year. Two resident positions are available for our clinical research track. One resident position is available for our professional leadership track. This orthopedic residency is hosted within Fairview Health Services by the Institute for Athletic Medicine, and its strategic partner, OSI Physical therapy. Both are organizations that are dedicated to excellence in orthopedic care.The Leadership Track and Research Track residents will all complete the same comprehensive Fairview orthopedic PT Residency clinical and didactic curriculum and experiences. The residents will each then participate in capstone/research project work based on the track they are enrolled in.
Program Graduates will:
Our Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency includes:
Residency Weekly Hours (may vary throughout the year)
Salary and Benefits
Each Resident is currently paid at an hourly rate of $19.03 per hour, a salary of $39,582 for the residency year. Each resident is provided access to 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.
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:
Core Components of the residency
Length of Residency
One year appointment beginning August 1st of each year, ending on July 31st of the following calendar year.
Accreditation:Accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Fellowship and Residency Education through August 31st 2027.
Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process
Applicant must be licensed to practice Physical Therapy in Minnesota
Acceptance into the program is provisional pending the candidates meeting all conditions of employment with Fairview Health Services and the Institute for Athletic Medicine/OSI Physical Therapy.
Direct any and all correspondence to:
Fairview Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
Attn: Annie Lewis DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
The Institute for Athletic Medicine
10961 Club West Parkway
Blaine, MN 55449
(763) 528-2907. Alewis9@fairview.org
The Leadership Track residency position within the Fairview orthopedic PT residency program is designed to develop future leaders of our profession through additional leadership and business management training opportunities and planned learning. This leadership track position goes beyond the comprehensive orthopedic clinical practice training in residency by developing reflective, collaborative, and innovative PT practice and leadership skills. This position fits within the larger mission of the Fairview Orthopedic PT Residency program. Our mission is to provide advanced clinical training and professional development in the field of orthopedic specialty patient care. Our Leadership track allows the resident to gain the knowledge and skills necessary 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.
Leadership Track Project:
Each resident accepted to the leadership track of the FVOPTR will develop, with the assistance of the Residency Director, Residency Faculty, and Clinical Mentor a capstone project to satisfy the leadership track requirements of the residency. The leadership capstone project is an opportunity for the resident to perform data gathering, data analysis, and data synthesis in order to present a thorough capstone report and presentation for local practice leaders and managers. Each capstone option correlates to real life topics or challenges practice owners, leaders, and managers face in today’s rapidly changing market.
Research Track Project:
Residents will select, develop, and carry out one novel research project during the Residency in their area of interest. Fairview encourages Residents to develop a project that can be completed within the Residency year. Residents will write a research proposal to include: title page, abstract, cost and resource analysis, introduction, literature review and preliminary observations, research design and methods, informed consent and ethical considerations, references. The proposal should be submitted to the Research Committee for review by the end of the second week of September during a given residency year.
Residents will be required to submit their research proposal to the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval before research is initiated.
Option 2 – Collaborative Project:
Residents will join a Fairview or partnering organization’s research project that is already on-going. In this project, the Resident must be one of the principle investigators and have responsibilities that include, but are not limited to: subject recruitment, data collection, statistical analysis, IRB approval, writing up the research. In addition, the Resident must write and submit for publication a manuscript/review of the topic being investigated. The manuscript/review paper must be ready to submit for publication by the last business day in June of a given Residency year.
The research will be presented to Residency faculty in July and evaluated by residency faculty on the following parameters: completeness and relevancy of literature review, methodology, statistical analysis, results, clinical implications and application to the orthopedic community, and the presentation of the research study.