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Frequently Asked Questions: University of Utah Sports Residency


    1. How many residents are in the program? We will accept 1 resident in our inaugural year (2019) and expect to add a second resident position the following year.
    2. How long is the program? The program is 14 months long, beginning each year in July.
    3. Is the program open to new graduates? Yes! We welcome applications from both novice and more experienced PTs. There are benefits both to starting a career with residency and to waiting until you have more experience. Optimal timing differs for each applicant.
    4. Where do residents practice? Residents are employed by University of Utah Health and will practice in both the University Orthopaedic Center (UOC) and the Beadles Athletic Training room. Residents have full access to all of the resources of an exceptional health system. 
    5. What are characteristics of successful residents? Desirable applicants include those who:
      • Demonstrate strong fundamental skills in the principles of clinical reasoning and the application of manual examination and treatment procedures.
      • Desire to practice at the highest level of evidence-guided practice and demonstrate commitment to promoting the continued integration of practice, research, and scholarly inquiry in orthopaedic physical therapy.
      • Possess superior verbal and written communication skills.
      • Are willing to work diligently on self-reflection and are able to honestly and accurately assess their performance and thinking.
      • Seek and respond to feedback.
      • Project confidence and can justify clinical decisions while remaining open to new ideas.
    6. How long has this program been in operation? 2019 is our inaugural year. While not guaranteed, we expect the program will be accredited by ABPTRFE at the earliest opportunity in later 2020.
    7. What is the graduation and SCS pass rate? Check back with us on this in 2020!


    1. Do residents earn a salary? Yes, resident salaries for their 30 patient care hours per week are in the $46-50K range with benefits (equivalent to 0.75 FTE, experience dependent).
    2. Do residents receive standard benefits? Yes, prorated to 0.75 FTE.
    3. How much does the program cost? The residency fee is $4500. The fee may be paid over the first six months.
    4. Are there any other financial benefits? The program covers the cost of the APTA Basic Clinical Instructor Certification course. See additional benefits: ABPTRFE.

    A week in the life...

    1. What is a typical weekly schedule? Residents do patient care for 30 hours/week. This includes 4 hours/week one-on-one mentored time. Most clinic hours are in the mid-day, leaving mornings and late afternoon/evenings free for didactics, teaching, and athletic event coverage. Average teaching time is 3 hours/week. In-person resident didactic sessions are scheduled 1.5 hours weekly and weekly sports medicine conferences and PT in-services add another 2.5 hours of education. 
    2. What athletic organizations will residents work with? Residents will provide care for athletes across the broad spectrum of both age and level of competition. The residency partners with a local high school and University of Utah Athletics, which supports Division 1 athletes in the PAC-12 conference. Residents will have short term assignments with a variety of other affiliated organizations, including the Utah Jazz; Salt Lake City StarsSalt Lake Bees; Ririe Woodbury Dance Company; and, US Ski & Snowboard. Additionally, residents will work with the everyday athletes in our community who require physical therapy services to keep doing the activities they love.
    3. What is the teaching expectation? Residents assist in the Acute Care and Emergency Management course in the Athletic Training program at the University of Utah. Residents may have the opportunity to mentor entry-level students in the UOC as well as in the student-run pro bono clinics. 
    4. What about research? While our emphasis is on advancement of clinical skill, we believe residents benefit from participating in clinical research. Residents work with a research mentor and participate in the stage(s) of the projects that are occurring during their residency year.
    5. Any other interesting experiences? Residents submit an abstract for CSM and/or another professional conference, participate in community or clinical projects, and become APTA certified clinical instructors.


    1. Does this program use RF-PTCAS? At this point, we are able to manage an independent application process, which keeps application costs low for those who prioritize our program.
    2. How do I apply? See our admissions page for all application materials and timeline.


    1. Pre-employment requirements
    2. Utah licensure application / information.
    3. ABPTRFE

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Misha Bradford

Residency Program Director



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