Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Develop your clinical and leadership skills in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

MOR is pleased to announce the developing orthopedic physical therapy residency program. The curriculum will be an in-person, 12-month full-time experience specialized in orthopedic physical therapy practice, clinical reasoning, teaching, and service. The next cohort is scheduled to begin in April 2024.

This mentored clinical experience will enhance the therapist’s ability to evaluate, treat, and manage a wide variety of non- and post-operative conditions. The program will include didactic course work from medical imaging, screening, patient management, orthopedic physical therapy, manual therapy, and pain science. Clinical reasoning will be addressed with 1:1 mentored practice to improve clinical skills and patient management strategies. Additionally, the residents will have opportunities to work closely with nationally recognized leaders in orthopedic surgery and physical therapy.

Successful residency completion will prepare the therapists for OCS board certification examination and scholarly presentation at local and national conferences. The aim of this residency is to prepare therapists to become clinical experts and leaders in the field of orthopedics.

The MOR experience

The residency program provides opportunities to train and be mentored by board certified clinical specialists and fellowship trained clinicians to enhance clinical problem solving. Working closely with the Rush University Medical School and college of Health Sciences, the residents will get additional training with anatomists, radiologists, biomechanists, and orthopaedic medical experts. The program will offer approximately 200 hours of direct educational opportunities and greater than 150 hours of mentored clinical practice. The residents will have opportunities to participate in clinical research, sports related projects, and community outreach activities.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is a national acclaimed provider of surgical and non-operative treatment. The division of therapy provides an excellent learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse patient population with high variability of orthopaedic and pain conditions. The resident will have many opportunities for work with the medical team providing the best possible care for their patients.

Admissions Criteria

  • Physical therapy degree from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy educational program
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Illinois
  • Active member of the APTA and Orthopaedic Section
  • Display professional behaviors and a strong interest in orthopedic physical therapy

Application Process

Applications open November 1, 2023, through December 15, 2023. The start date will be mid-August 2024.

Download application

Please include:

  • Application Form (second page of packet)
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial DPT transcript (via PDF/electronic copy)

This is in place of the RF-PTCAS application.

Please submit the items listed above to:

Robert LeBeau PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program Director

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush