Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy

Boston University’s Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, in collaboration with Professional Physical Therapy, offers the opportunity for licensed physical therapists to elevate their level of clinical practice, advance their careers, and become leaders in the physical therapy profession.

This unique fellowship program will develop expert practitioners in orthopaedic manual physical therapy who will be further prepared to serve as direct access providers. Fellows will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills in the treatment of patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders within a biopsychosocial model. They will develop and learn to utilize advanced skills in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, communication, and differential diagnosis to enhance their clinical reasoning and decision making.

Fellowship Experience and Philosophy

The Fellowship is approximately one year in length. Fellows enrolled in the program will be hired full time for the duration of the fellowship at one of the outpatient clinical sites associated with the fellowship program. Each clinical site provides the breadth and depth of clinical experiences and expertise to further prepare fellows to be direct access providers and to become Fellows in the AAOMPT. Fellows will receive weekly 1:1 mentoring by expert clinicians and faculty throughout the length of the program and be provided weekly scheduled time to practice skills. They will also participate in regular grand rounds and journal clubs and will have their mentor available for discussion during the approximately 35 hours per week the fellow will be treating patients independently, allowing for ample exposure to refine their clinical skills.
Didactic training will be conducted through various methods utilizing technology and more complex areas of patient management are emphasized earlier on in the fellowship program to allow the maximal amount of mentored time in these areas.

Since teaching is paramount to learning, fellows will also be afforded the opportunity to participate in teaching and scholarship experiences to advance their skills in these areas in preparation for becoming future leaders in the physical therapy profession.