Residency and fellowship programs

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Advance your development as a physical therapist with our post-professional programs. Intensive training will equip you to meet the demands of advanced clinical practice.

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program

Together with Saint Louis University (SLU), SSM Health Physical Therapy offers a 12-month physical therapy orthopedic residency with numerous opportunities for the licensed physical therapist to develop as an advanced clinician and an educator, produce and disseminate a scholarly product and grow as a provider to the area's underserved populations.

The program advances the orthopedic knowledge, skills and attributes of licensed physical therapists as described by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education's Description of Residency Practice and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists' (ABPTS) Description of Specialty Practice. The program involves classroom learning and psychomotor instruction at Saint Louis University and SSM Health Physical Therapy in face-to-face, online and small group formats.

We celebrate a 100 percent on-time graduation rate and first-time pass rate for our graduates who sit for the ABPTS Orthopedic Specialty Examination (OCS). External applicants and current employees of SSM Health Physical Therapy are accepted. Our program highlights include:

  • Direct 1:1 clinical mentoring
  • Compensation (including benefits) for non-mentored hours of patient care
  • Participation as a lab instructor in SLU's entry-level physical therapy program
  • Small group classroom and manual skills instruction, facilitated discussion and journal club
  • Independent mentorship in specialty topics within the field of orthopedics
  • Opportunities for clinic rounding, surgery observation and grand rounds with physicians

Please contact the Orthopedic Residency Program with any questions.

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Our Partner Residency Programs

  • Oncology Physical Therapy Residency (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX) - A partnership with Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation.
  • Orthopedic Residency (St. Louis, MO) - A partnership of Saint Louis University and SSM Health Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Residency in Women's Health (Dallas, TX) - A partnership of Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation and Texas Women's University
  • Residencies in Neurologic Physical Therapy:
    • A partnership of Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation and Texas Women's University (Dallas, TX)
    • Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (New Jersey)
  • Sports Physical Therapy Residencies:
    • Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation (Dallas, TX)
    • A partnership of Select Physical Therapy and Husson University (Bangor, ME)
    • A partnership of NovaCare Rehabilitation and University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Women's Health Residency (St. Louis, MO) - A partnership of Saint Louis University and SSM Health Physical Therapy.

The Select Medical Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

Accredited by ABPTRFE in 2020, this 18-month program is also designed to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Council on Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Education (ACOMPTE) allowing graduates to obtain Fellowship status with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Since its inception, the program graduation rate is 100%, and 100% of graduates would recommend the program to a peer seeking Fellowship training in manual therapy. Program graduates also have the opportunity to support their peers and apply to become faculty for both our Fellowship and Residency Programs, something that 100% of graduates have gone on to do.

Similar to our Orthopaedic Residency Program, tuition is waived for full-time clinicians who commit to two years of employment with Select Medical's Outpatient Division family of brands, and uses a model in which the mentor travels to the fellow in training.

To apply for this program, the participant must possess at least one of the following additional qualifications for admission:

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) specialist certification in the related area of specialty as defined within the Description of Fellowship Practice (DFP), or
  • Successful completion of an ABPTRFE-accredited residency in a related specialty area as defined within the DFP.

For more information on Select Medical's residency and fellowship programs, please contact [email protected].

NovaCare Rehabilitation Philadelphia Sports Physical Therapy Residency

This 12-month ABPTRFE accredited sports residency program includes a combination of mentored and independent clinical hours in the Temple University Olympic Sports and Football training rooms as well as a NovaCare Rehabilitation outpatient center in Philadelphia, PA. This experience also includes a combination of sports- and orthopedic-specific didactic coursework and in-person labs. Using NovaCare Rehabilitation's relationships with local sports teams and treating physicians, the resident will also complete interdisciplinary shadowing and more than 200 on-field hours. For the duration of this program, as long as the resident remains in good standing within the program, the resident will be considered a full-time employee of NovaCare and eligible for full-time benefits.

We accept one resident per calendar year and invite applicants to apply by December 1 for a July start. For questions, please reach out to: Patrick Smith, program coordinator, at [email protected], or Joel Roth, program director, at [email protected].

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