Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy recognizes the importance of residency and fellowship programs in meeting the needs of our profession and the patients we serve. The Academy provides various resources designed to facilitate and support orthopaedic residency and fellowship growth and development. Foundational didactic curriculum, supplementary educational material, as well as a grant program are all available to members involved in residency and fellowship programs. The Section is committed to ongoing support of newly developing and established residency and fellowship programs.

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

Residency Curriculum:

The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 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. Learn more about curriculum costs and availability here.

  • A foundational didactic curriculum for newly developing residency program
  • A didactic supplement to already established residency programs
  • Didactic courses for support of developing and/or established Fellowships programs
  • Final examination questions to assess comprehension of course material

Additional Educational Resources

For newly developing and/or established programs, Residency and Fellowship 101 is an online course which explains the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) accreditation requirements and discusses different potential models for residency programs. The following mentoring resources are available through ABPTRFE: ABPTRFE Mentoring Resource Manual (.pdf) and an online education course: Successful Mentorship for Residency and Fellowship Education.

Residency and Fellowship Special Interest Group

The Residency and Fellowship Educational Interest Group provides educational content at CSM and acts as a resource for Residency and Fellowship program directors and faculty.



The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 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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