FAQs

If you have any additional questions or would like to receive more information, please contact our OMPT Fellowship Director, Daniel Maddox at dmaddox@urpt.com

Applicants to the URI Fellowship in OMPT…

  • Must have graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program and have a current state license to practice physical therapy within the United States
  • Must have at least 1 year of experience practicing in an outpatient orthopaedic clinical setting
  • Must be a member of both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – or must otherwise become a member before the program start date following provisional acceptance
  • Must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Option A: Has obtained a specialist certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), or has taken the certification exam with results pending
      • *An applicant may be admitted while awaiting the results of the exam. However, enrollment/progression in fellowship coursework will be subsequently contingent upon receiving a passing score.
    • Option B: Has graduated from an APTA/ABPTRFE accredited residency program in an area of clinical specialty
      • *Any fellow-in-training admitted under Option B is required to submit proof of ABPTS board certification in a clinical specialty prior to graduation from fellowship.

The program is designed to be completed in approximately 18 months, beginning in June of one year and culminating in November or December of the following year.

We welcome applications from both inside and outside of Upstream Rehab Partners. As a fellow-in-training, you must be employed by Upstream Rehab Partners before matriculation into the program. We are happy to assist in that process.  

The program can be completed from the vast majority of the clinics throughout the company. The only potential obstacle to participation would be based on geographic proximity to a qualified mentor. However, we do have qualified mentors located throughout the country, and thus far we have never had to turn any candidate away due to difficulty with mentoring logistics. With that said, identification of potential mentors and coordination of mentoring logistics including travel as necessary will be considered during the admissions process and discussed with the candidate and all relevant stakeholders prior to official matriculation.

Qualified applicants participate in a video conference interview with the program director and select faculty and/or past or present program participants. 

Yes, you will be considered a full-time employee with a salary and competitive benefits package.

The overall cost for the program is $15,000 – which includes all course materials, weekend lab courses, faculty costs, online cohort collaboration, fellowship-related travel, and assistance with mentoring hours. The cost is partially subsidized by the sponsoring organization in exchange for a post-graduation commitment. 

Yes. The URI Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is dually accredited by both the Accreditation Council on Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Education (ACOMPTE) and the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). 

The number of seats per cohort varies from year to year based on applicant pool, but on average is approximately 6 fellows-in-training.

Graduates are immediately eligible to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Additionally, graduates will have completed all course requirements for URI’s Comprehensive Manual Therapist certification and be immediately eligible to test for certification.

  • The fellowship curriculum includes four primary components:
    • Mentorship and Clinical Practice, including:
      • 190 hours of clinical mentoring, with at least 150 hours of mentoring under a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
      • 160+ hands-on lab hours with fellowship-trained clinicians
      • Written and video case presentations with ensuing asynchronous and synchronous discussions
  • Didactic coursework via online, blended, and on-site components
  • Educational development via guided TA roles and assignments related to presentation and content development.
  • Capstone Projects to include a written examination, live patient examinations, live technique examinations, and a scholarly project.

The fellowship curriculum includes four primary components:

  • Mentorship and Clinical Practice, including:
    • 150 hours of clinical mentoring with a CHT, or CHT-eligible Hand Therapy Fellowship Program graduate
    • 140+ hands-on lab hours with fellowship-trained clinicians
    • Written and video case presentations with ensuing asynchronous and synchronous discussions
  • Didactic coursework via online, blended, and on-site components
  • Educational development via guided TA roles and assignments related to presentation and content development.
  • Capstone Projects to include two written final examinations, a live technique examination, and a scholarly project.

The following is an outline of the various didactic components and capstone requirements:

Each fellow-in-training will complete 190 hours of mentoring, including 150 hours of 1-on-1, on-site, mentored clinical practice. The remaining 40 hours are generally attained via distance mentoring via components embedded within the didactic curriculum. 150 hours of mentoring must be completed under the guidance of a FAAOMPT, including at least 75 hours of 1-on-1, on-site, mentored clinical practice. The mentoring completed under a FAAOMPT may be supplemented with mentoring under an approved mentor who has undergone fellowship training in another related area of advanced sub-specialty – such as pain science, movement science, or spine care. A primary mentor and additional secondary mentors will be assigned upon matriculation. The logistics of mentored clinical practice will vary according to each participant’s individual situation. For example, participants whose mentor is located in the same clinic or town may choose to set aside several hours every week for mentored clinical practice, while others whose mentors are located further away may choose to do several longer blocks (ie..several days in a row or a full week) of mentored clinical practice scattered throughout the curriculum. The logistics of mentoring will depend on what is best for each individual fellow-in-training and his or her clinical situation, and will be planned in consultation with the participant’s operational supervisor (ie. clinic director, area director, etc.) and URI mentoring coordinator.

Mentoring is always a structured experience in regards to each session, but the venue may be flexible. A core value for URI is adaptability and we therefore allow mentoring to occur at the fellow-in-training’s clinic, the mentor’s clinic, or a combination of both locations (most common). There are options for a portion of hours to be completed virtually as well.

Just what it sounds like!  We offer the majority of our didactic coursework via multiple distance technologies to allow for unique opportunities and experiences. We combine this with 9  live weekend labs and mentored clinical practice to advance your practice via hands-on learning and feedback from our expert faculty.  

Utilizing a blended learning format allows us to provide a collaborative experience from all of our highly qualified faculty regardless of location, allowing for a diverse experience.

There are so many reasons!  

  • Mastery of advanced manual assessment and treatment techniques
  • Development of highly advanced clinical reasoning processes  
  • Proficiency in critical appraisal and integration of research into evidence-informed practice
  • Training and real-world experience in education via a variety of mediums
  • Guided experience in scholarly productivity (ie…research, conference presentation, etc.)
  • Improved outcomes! Published research studies have shown that fellowship-trained clinicians achieve significantly greater clinical outcomes than their non-fellowship-trained peers. In addition, our own internal data clearly demonstrates that our graduates achieve significantly better outcomes and improved operational proficiency vs non-fellowship-trained clinicians within Upstream Rehab Partners clinics.