Orthopaedic Section (OrthoPT)

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The Orthopaedic Section recognizes the importance of residency and fellowship programs in meeting the needs of our profession and the patients we serve. The Section 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.

Didactic Curriculum: "Residency Curriculum Package"

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. Learn more about curriculum costs and availability here.

Supplementary Educational Material

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 Special Interest Group (ORF-SIG) provides educational content at CSM and acts as a resource for Residency and Fellowship program directors and faculty.

Grant Program

The Orthopaedic Section will award up to three grants a year, each in the amount of $1,850 to assist with the ABPTRFE application fee for residency and fellowship programs. More information on the grant program is available at: Orthopaedic Clinical Residency or Fellowship Program Grant

American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE)

ABPTRFE is the accreditation body for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for post professional 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. All programs recognized by APTA are required to complete this peer-reviewed process on a regular basis. More information about the accreditation and oversight process can be found on the ABPTRFE website.

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