Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) is a specialized area of physical therapy practice utilized in the management of musculoskeletal conditions and based on clinical reasoning and the use of highly specific manual techniques and therapeutic exercises. The goal of OMPT fellowship training is the development of ethical and reflective advanced clinical practitioners who are prepared to serve as direct access providers.
Fellows are frequently post-residency prepared or board-certified specialists who demonstrate clinical expertise in physical therapy. This program provides advanced clinical and didactic instruction and mentoring within the subspecialty area of OMPT practice to create an environment for advanced clinical skill-building.
The noncredit Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Program is approximately one year in length and contains clinical, didactic, teaching, and scholarship experiences. 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. Fellows will receive weekly 1:1 mentoring by expert clinicians and faculty throughout the length of the program. They will also participate in regular grand rounds and journal clubs and will be treating patients independently, allowing for ample exposure to refine their clinical skills.
Didactic content will be provided in a weekend and/or distance education–continuing education format, which will allow area clinicians, in addition to the fellows, to participate in coursework. Topic areas will include the bio-psychosocial approach to patient management, clinical application of therapeutic exercise, evidence-based practice, diagnostic imaging, clinical medicine, and pharmacology.
Fellows will participate in several two-day intensive training sessions to develop and practice their psychomotor skills in manual physical therapy techniques. These training sessions are scheduled in the first half of the curriculum to allow fellows enough time to refine their skills via clinical practice in the content areas of upper-extremity, lower-extremity, and spinal regions.
Standards of competency are based on the requirements established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).
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