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Performing Arts SIG
Technical Report

As the profession of physical therapy moves towards a more traditional medical model of education, there is a growing need to identify and develop opportunities for post-professional clinical and didactic education. Such opportunities are typically found in clinical residencies and fellowships. The American Physical Therapy Association currently has eleven credentialed residency programs and six credentialed fellowship programs.

A clinical residency is a planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education for physical therapists that is designed to substantially advance patient care skills in a defined area of clinical practice. A clinical fellowship is designed for a board-certified physical therapist or a graduate of a residency to focus on a subspecialty area of clinical practice, education, or clinical research. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) guidelines, a clinical residency may be in an area of specialty or subspecialty, while a clinical fellowship must be in an area of subspecialty (1).

  • Click here to access the ABPTRFE Description of Fellowship Practice - Performing Arts document.

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