Orthopaedic Section (OrthoPT)

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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In order to facilitate the development of new orthopaedic physical therapy residency and fellowship programs, the Orthopaedic Section Board of Directors created the Residency and Fellowship Education (RFE) Committee. The purpose of the RFE Committee is to develop and disseminate educational materials as well as sponsor educational programs to support orthopaedic clinical residency programs. The Committee will develop a standardized curriculum model that can be adopted in its entirety, or in parts, based on the needs of newly developing as well as established clinical residency programs. The RFE Coordinator, appointed by the Board of Directors, will direct and promote this important Section activity

Kathy Cieslak, PT, DScPT, MSEd, OCS
Practice Committee Chair

Residency Curriculum:

The Orthopaedic Section offers a didactic curriculum package including regularly updated and expanded learning modules with learning objectives. The curriculum is available as a complete package or as individual learning modules to supplement or create the foundation for your residency program.

  • A foundational didactic curriculum for newly developing residency program
  • A didactic supplement to already established residency programs
  • Informative supplements for residency directors, instructors and residents (Residency curriculum package only)
  • Didactic courses for support of developing and/or established Fellowships programs
  • Final examination questions to assess comprehension of course material

Learn more about curriculum costs and availability here.

Registration Forms


The Orthopaedic Section will award three grants a year, each in the amount of $1,850 to assist with the application fee for residency and fellowship programs that are designed for 1-5 residents/fellows. A program will become eligible to submit for a grant once it has received a letter from the ABPTRFE.

ABPTRFE Accredited Residency & Fellowship Education

ABPTRFE is the accreditation body for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for postprofessional residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy. Accreditation is a process used by APTA to ensure the quality of the education that participants receive in residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy. It is a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-reviewed process that occurs on a regular basis. Learn more.

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