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Orthopaedic Residency

Develop expertise across the full spectrum of orthopaedic specialist practice

The Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program graduates PTs who are expert thinkers and skilled providers of evidence-guided orthopaedic care. Program participants work in two exceptional health systems, the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center (part of University of Utah Health) and the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center.

This 12-month program includes direct patient care; mentoring with 7 board-certified clinical specialists in orthopaedic PT; targeted didactics; teaching in the University of Utah entry-level DPT program; clinical research opportunities and mentorship; and, a variety of other professional development opportunities. Residents have access to the full breadth of orthopaedic specialty practice areas.

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Graduation rate

First time OCS pass rate




The Acute Care Residency has been accredited by ABPRFE (since in 2014).


Basic Information


12 months


4 resident per year

Time & Activities

Patient care (~32 hours/week)

  • Includes 4 hours/week 1:1 mentoring with 7 expert clinicians
  • Time split between UOC and SLC VAMC 

Didactics (1.5-2 hours/week plus independent study)

  • In-person didactic modules covering basic science, UE, LE, Lumbopelvic, Cervicothoracic/TMJ, and acute ortho management
  • Level 1 CCIP (CI credentialing) course

Teaching assistant in entry-level DPT courses (~3 hours/week)

  • Tests and Measures (Fall)Doctoral seminar; PT topics (TBD)
  • Musculoskeletal Management (Spring)

Professional development 

  • Research (20 hours)
  • Clinical or community project (20 hours)
  • Interprofessional and specialty clinics (~3 hours/week)

Specialty areas of practice, including

  • Aquatic therapy 
  • Inpatient orthopedics 
  • Joint camp (UOC)
  • Vestibular and balance
  • Orthotics/prosthetics
  • Electrodiagnostic testing
  • Exercise physiology, testing, performance
  • Hand therapy
  • DDS / TMJ expert
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports Medicine MD
  • PM&R MD
  • Exercise physiology and testing
  • Video / 3D instrumented gait analysis
  • Wellness / Prevention
  • VA interprofessional musculoskeletal clinic

Our Mission

Accelerate the development of physical therapists from novice to advanced in orthopedic clinical reasoning, knowledge, skill, and professionalism

Financial Considerations


Standard PT salary for 30 hours/week clinic (~$48K for new graduates) plus benefits (0.75FTE)

Fringe benefits

  • $400 AOPT residency curriculum package
  • $375 continuing education (CE) stipend + 5 days PTO for approved CE
  • CI credentialing course
  • Medbridge subscription
  • CSM abstract submission fee


  • Program fee $4500

Other costs

  • $80 personal liability policy
  • APTA, AOPT, Utah chapter dues

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, University of Utah, University Orthopaedic Center, and Salt Lake City VA Medical Center are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or protected veteran’s status. The Residency Program and associated institutions all comply with applicable federal, state, and local regulations related to privacy and confidentiality.


Application due

February 1

Interviews / offers



Last full week of July

Program start

First full week of August

Application materials

Minimum applicant requirements

Eligible for UT licensure / hospital credentialing by early July (must take NPTE no later than April)


Zane Gertsch

Zane Gertsch, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT

Alex Gribbin

Alex Gribbin

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT

Scott Hickenlooper

Scott Hickenlooper, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT


Zane Gertsch

Zane Gertsch, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT


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Logan Couce

Physical Therapist

Phone: 801-587-7005

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Caleb Falck

Physical Therapist

Phone: 801-587-7005

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