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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

The Corewell Health East Orthopedic Clinical Residency Program is a 12-month post-graduate educational program for licensed physical therapists. This residency program in comprehensive orthopedic rehabilitation management will advance a physical therapist’s knowledge and skills in patient/client management with a focus on expert practice.

Residency graduates are highly valued as specialized practitioners. In addition, individuals who complete the program may have the opportunity to become involved as faculty in future residencies.

Residency overview

Our orthopedic residency for physical therapists (PT) is intended to advance the clinical care of post-graduate rehabilitation professionals as it relates to patients with orthopedic diagnoses.

This postgraduate clinical residency is intended to significantly advance the clinical skills, knowledge, and advocacy for PTs in the realm of orthopedic rehabilitation.

In addition, this program is intended to prepare PTs for Specialist Certification Examination in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (commonly known as board certification). The educational curriculum is intended to be a practical, interactive, varied learning experience in a variety of interdisciplinary settings with a number of orthopedic rehabilitation approaches.

This approach leverages the diverse, comprehensive resources available and offered through our system. This program comprises approximately 12 months of clinical, academic, and hands-on experience to advance the practice of PT clinicians for a variety of orthopedic diagnoses. In extenuating circumstances, and with the prior approval of the orthopedic residency core faculty and the resident’s direct manager, a resident may be granted an extension to complete his/her residency.

Program Outcomes Data 2023

Maximum Number of Residents Enrolled per Year: 2
Program Status: Accredited through January 2029
Completion Rate: 50% (1/2 residents)
Graduation Rates: 100% (1/1 residents)
Employment Rate in Orthopedics after Graduation: 100% (1/1 residents)
Specialty Certification Pass Rate: To be published mid-year 2024

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