Fellowship

Fellowship

The Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program

SUMMARY
The Fellowship program consists of onsite seminars, online didactic course content, and video presentations of examination and treatment techniques. The online and onsite educational modules are designed to guide the therapist through the Fellowship program and meet all the elements of the APTA's Description of Advanced Specialty Practice (DASP). Clinical mentorship provided by our Clinical Fellowship Instructors rounds out the Fellowship program.

The Fellowship program is designed to allow fellows to maintain full-time employment while completing all Fellowship requirements. Discussion boards and online testing are designed to help prepare the therapist for the onsite courses. The Fellowship didactic coursework is designed to be completed onsite and online through our distance education platform.

PROGRAM MISSION
To (1) elevate orthopaedic physical therapists' knowledge, skills and attributes within the subspecialty field of orthopaedic manual physical therapy through a comprehensive curriculum that is recognized by ABPTRFE and AAOMPT/IFOMPT; (2) utilize strategic initiatives to encourage program growth and continuous improvement; and (3) support and enhance the mission of Physical Therapy First by graduating physical therapists who serve the community as advanced clinical decision makers, diagnosticians, communicators, educators, collaborators, health advocates, scholars, autonomous professionals and healthcare leaders as Fellows of AAOMPT.

FACULTY
CURRICULUM OUTLINE

PROGRAM BLOCK LEARNING STRUCTURE

PROGRAM COMPONENT TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM
INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS
Classroom Instruction (List all courses)
NAIOMT C-616 Cervical Spine II 41.0 hours [D]
NAIOMT C-616 Cervical Spine II 16.0 hours [LS]
NAIOMT C-611 Lumbopelvic Spine II 41.0 hours [D]
NAIOMT C-611 Lumbopelvic Spine II 16.0 hours [LS]
NAIOMT C-715 Advanced Upper Quadrant Integration 32.0 hours [D]
NAIOMT C-715 Advanced Upper Quadrant Integration 16.0 hours [LS]
NAIOMT C-715 Advanced Upper Quadrant Integration 16.0 hours [LE]
NAIOMT C-705 Advanced Lower Quadrant Integration 32.0 hours [D]
NAIOMT C-705 Advanced Lower Quadrant Integration 16.0 hours [LS]
NAIOMT C-705 Advanced Lower Quadrant Integration 16.0 hours [LE]
Integrated Upper Spinal/Axial Applications Laboratory 15.5 hours [LS]
Integrated Lower Spinal/Axial Applications Laboratory 15.5 hours [LS]
Integrated Upper Peripheral/Appendicular Applications Laboratory 11.5 hours [LE]
Integrated Lower Peripheral/Appendicular Applications Laboratory 11.5 hours [LE]
Pain Science: Dry Needling 1 – Theory Webinar 4.0 hours [D]
Pain Science: Dry Needling 2 – Theory Webinar 4.0 hours [D]
Pain Science: Dry Needling 3 – Theory Webinar 4.0 hours [D]
Research Activities
Capstone Project 75.0 hours
Home or Independent Study Course(s)
Ola Grimsby – Book 01 – Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: Applied Science and Theory 54.4 hours [D]
Ola Grimsby – Book 02 – Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions for Neck and Upper Extremity 33.1 hours [D]
Ola Grimsby – Book 03 – Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions for Back and Lower Extremity 36.5 hours [D]
INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS SUBTOTAL 507 hours
CLINICAL MENTORING
1:1 clinical mentoring/instruction from physical therapist clinical faculty while program participant is treating patients 150 hours
MENTORING HOURS SUBTOTAL
Clinical Practice
Clinical Practice 300 hours
Clinical Practice with Mentor Accessible 400 hours
CLINICAL HOURS SUBTOTAL 700
GRAND TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM 1357
Key: [D] = Didactic, [LS] = Laboratory – spine, [LE] = Laboratory – extremity
ACCREDITATION

Physical Therapy First (PTF) Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship is accredited by the APTA through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), approved by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), in compliance with the standards set nationally and internationally by International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

Physical Therapy First (PTF) Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship is an ABPTRFE-accredited as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. The official commencement of this prestigious accreditation began January 31, 2015 and continues for a period of five (5) years until January 31, 2020.

COST

$16500 which includes all courses and materials
Duration: 12-36 months
Payment installments can be arranged

APPLICATION

Application Requirements:

  1. Current license to practice physical therapy
  2. One page letter of intent for application to the Fellowship
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Description of clinical experiences
  5. Complete an APTA accredited orthopaedic residency program or OCS certification.
  6. Fellowship interview/application review will be conducted by Fellowship Director

Email John Baur, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT at baur@physicaltherapyfirst.com to request an application.

PROGRAM FLYER

ABPTRFE Clinical Quality Standard

OUTCOMES

Since the commencement of the program it has enrolled 7 fellows-in-training, graduated 4 participants, and currently has one active participant. Two participants dropped out, one moved out-of-state and the second participant left the program for personal reasons. The current graduation rate is 67%.

DETAILED OUTCOMES