General Program Information
The mission of the Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to accelerate the development of physical therapists from novice to advanced in orthopedic clinical reasoning, knowledge, skill, and professionalism. Residents will become accomplished patient care providers and consumers of the evidence that directs clinical decision making. Residents will also become prepared to assume a leadership role in the treatment of patients as well as educating and training other health care providers. Finally, residency graduates will be prepared and qualified to sit for the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Specialist Certification Examination.
The Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is a collaboration of the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy, the University Orthopaedic Center (UOC), and the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center (VAMC). This 12-month long program incorporates multiple didactic, clinical and teaching experiences and will employ 3-4 residents per year.
- Primary employment at either the University Orthopaedic Center or Salt Lake City VA Medical Center with up to 12 weeks spent in other institution. (Applicants select preference upon acceptance and final placement is determined by the selection committee.)
- Salary in $42-46K range with benefits (employer dependent).
- 150+ hours of 1:1 mentoring with Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists and other expert mentors.
- Teaching opportunities in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Utah, Department of Physical Therapy.
- Clinical observation/experience at sites within the greater Salt Lake area which provide specialized expertise in various areas of orthopaedic rehabilitation.
- Advanced education in orthopaedic related topics, including diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, and anatomy in collaboration with the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training and with experts across the orthopaedic spectrum.
- APTA clinical instructor coursework and credentialing.
- Community education / service-learning or relevant clinical project.
- Opportunities to participate in clinical research and publish/present research findings.
The Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is Accredited by ABPTRFE.