IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
The International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine – US Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy is a post-professional clinical residency program for physical therapists in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy to prepare for the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam.
The IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program mission statement is based on a commitment to excellence in clinical practice and professional development. In response, the IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is dedicated to advancing physical therapy practitioners’ knowledge, skills, and attributes in Orthopaedics leading to enhanced patient care.
Goals of the IAOM-US Residency Program
- Guiding the resident in a foundation of applied and clinical sciences that serve as the basis for effective clinical practice
- Providing the resident with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in clinical diagnosis and management of orthopaedic conditions
- Offering residents a framework for excellence in patient care in collaboration with other health care professionals
- Establishing for residents a model of professional leadership, which fosters advanced clinical expertise in the management of orthopaedic conditions
- Delivering for residents a model of mentoring to serve as an opportunity for personal and professional growth and to provide a model for their future clinical mentoring opportunities
- Preparing residents to become effective educators to patients, colleagues, and the public
- Preparing residents to sit for the ABPTS Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Examination
- Ensuring consistency of program delivery in all of the IAOM-US residency clinical settings
Why complete a residency?
Historically, those with residency training demonstrate higher pass rates than non-residency trained individuals.
Board Certification Examination Passing Rates-Orthopaedics
Click for: Residency Prerequisites
Prior to matriculation, the following prerequisites need to be met and all supporting documentation must be submitted to IAOM-US.
- Graduate from an accredited physical therapy program
- Current physical therapy license in the state of residency
- Employment (30 hours per week minimum) at an approved clinical partner
- Criminal background check depending on the clinical partner requirements
- Personal malpractice liability coverage
- Member of the IAOM-US
- Member of the APTA
Click for: Residency Requisites
The resident is required to register for the APTA Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy course prior to matriculation into the program. The 12 monographs of the Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy course are integrated into the program’s didactic curriculum.
In addition, the resident is to enroll in five semester hours through the Clinical Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy Program (ScD), Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC). In the fall and summer semester, the resident enrolls in HPPT 6111 to HPPT 6116, which are one-semester credit courses. The HPPT 6404: Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Screening course is a three-semester credit hour course that is offered spring semester.
- Successful completion of two live patient practical examinations.
- Successful completion of one final written comprehensive examination.
- Successful completion of 11 modular quizzes.
- Successful completion of three IAOM-US courses.
- Successful completion of eight IAOM-US online courses.
- Successful completion of HPPT 6404: Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Screening through the Clinical Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy Program, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
- Successful completion of HPPT 6111 to HPPT 6116 through the Clinical Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy Program, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
- Successful completion of APTA Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy course.
- Successful completion of a case study.
- Successful completion of a formal presentation.
- Successful completion of chart reviews.
- Successful completion of patient care surveys.
- Successful completion of educational sessions.
- Successful completion of clinical mentoring sessions.
- Successful completion of faculty mentoring sessions.
- Successful completion of 1500 patient care clinic hours.
Click for: Program Outcomes
- Leaders in orthopedic physical therapy practice
- Autonomous practitioners displaying practice patterns consistent with advanced orthopedic clinical practice
- Consultants on complicated orthopedic cases
- Models of professionalism in the healthcare community
- Contributors to orthopedic literature through professional presentations
- Residents will be prepared to sit for the ABPTS Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Examination
Completed application forms and all supplemental information must be enclosed in the application submission packet. Candidates must submit all required admission information as instructed per the RF-PTCAS. This in part includes:
- Complete RF-PTCAS web-based application
- Letter clearly stating your intent to apply for the residency
- Current resume including your experience
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from PT program faculty that address the candidate’s qualifications for the residency. For experienced candidates, please include letters from colleagues, supervisors, or other health care providers such as a physician who can attest to your enthusiasm and qualifications to complete the residency. Candidates will enter references names and email address on the application. References will receive a form via email to complete.
- Complete essay questions
Applications are processed within six weeks from the application deadline of January 31st and potential acceptance voted by the Admission Committee within that period. There is an interview process with the Admission Committee.
ABPTRFE has granted IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program.
The IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program will continue with all required accreditation procedures including an onsite visit during 2020.
- Applications accepted through the RF-PTCAS. Application deadline is January 31st.
- All prerequisites met and supporting documentation submitted to IAOM-US by August 1st.
Residency start date is August 15th.
Estimated Costs in IAOM-US Residency
Tuition cost $13,000.
Anticipated additional expenses include TTUHSC tuition, fees, and books; travel, lodging, and meals to attend TTUHSC contact session and IAOM-US weekend courses; and APTA membership.
Please note that financial aid is not available for this program; however, we do offer payment plans. Please contact IAOM-US to discuss payment options.
Residents are required to be employed at an approved IAOM-US Residency clinical partner with
an IAOM-US Residency clinical mentor.
IAOM-US will assist residents with placement at an approved IAOM-US Residency clinical
partner, which may require the resident to relocate to the clinical partner site. The ultimate
decision to hire a resident remains with the clinical partner. Post-residency hiring decisions
remain solely at the discretion of the clinical partner and resident.
Residents may choose to pursue the IAOM-US Residency at their own clinical site. Clinical sites
must be approved as an IAOM-US Residency clinical partner with an IAOM-US clinical mentor.
Upon IAOM-US approval, clinical site information will be submitted to the ABPTRFE for review.
IAOM-US clinical partners must provide a minimum of 1500 patient care hours, hire the
resident for full-time employment, fulfill clinical mentor hours and requirements, and provide a
variety of musculoskeletal conditions in an outpatient facility. IAOM-US clinical partners cannot
be physician owned physical therapy services or a referral for profit clinical situation. IAOM-US
Residency clinical partners determine the number of resident positions available at their site.
Clinicians interested in being an IAOM-US Residency clinical mentor must meet one of the
following three conditions. 1). ABPTS board-certified specialist in Orthopaedics, or 2). Graduate
of an ABPTRFE-accredited residency or fellowship, or 3). Minimum of three years of clinical
practice in Orthopaedics. In addition, clinicians are required to submit the Mentor Abilities and
Skills Competency Form and CV, which will be reviewed by lead IAOM-US Residency faculty for
Please contact IAOM-US if you are interested in becoming an IAOM-US Residency clinical
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