The mission of the URI Orthopaedic Residency Program is to inspire and empower the resident to reach their full potential as a clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. We are committed to developing passionate, skilled, evidence-based clinicians that demonstrate the highest form of professionalism.
The Upstream Rehab Institute Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopaedics.
The URI Orthopaedic Residency Program is a 12-month program in a blended learning environment. Didactic course content is delivered both via independent and live online programming as well as 6 weekend intensive labs. 150 hours of 1:1 mentoring is provided to each resident by a board-certified mentor approved by the program.
Our Orthopaedic Residency Program has two directors, each with the experience and passion needed to help residents take their clinical expertise to the next level.
The Orthopaedic Residency is able to be completed in virtually any location. Currently we have sites in AL, AR, CO, GA, KS, KY, MD, MO, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA. Each year the program is anticipated to have additional sites. Please make sure to contact us for specific locations.
Residents are employed by an Upstream Rehab partner clinic and provide full-time patient care in one of these outpatient facilities. Knowledge development of foundational skills, current best-practice patterns and group discussions occur on our online platform throughout the 12 month program. Six resident-only labs occur regionally throughout the curriculum and cover topics including clinical reasoning, orthopaedic assessment, advanced exercise interventions, manual therapy skills and pain science. These courses are specifically tailored to help graduates attain orthopaedic specialty upon completion of the program.
The coursework is comprised of the following courses:
- Foundations for Advanced Orthopedic Practice
- Comprehensive Management of the Lumbopelvic Region
- Comprehensive Management of the Lower Extremity
- Comprehensive Management of the Cervicothoracic Region
- Comprehensive Management of the Upper Quarter
- Grand Rounds
- Scholarly Project
Residents participate in a minimum of 150 hours of 1:1 mentoring with a therapist that has received ABPTS certification. Mentoring occurs in various venues including the residents’ and/or the mentors’ clinics. Residents are assigned to their mentor at the start of the program based on location, personal goals and preferred communication style. Our Mentoring Coordinator assists residents in achieving all mentoring requirements throughout the year.
Program Goals & Outcomes of Program
- The program faculty will develop a curriculum that is evidence-based and focused on the delivery of high-level of quality care to include evaluation, assessment, reassessment, intervention, prevention, and discharge
- The program will ensure consistency across clinical sites providing a consistent clinical experience to all residents
- Provide opportunity for residents to be active consumers and contributors of scientific literature
- Foster the growth of clinicians that exhibit the highest standards of professionalism
One of the ultimate goals of the program is to produce graduates that exhibit excellence through both completion of residency programming as well as successful completion of the Board Certification in Orthopedics. Below are the outcomes for our graduates to date since the program’s inception in 2007:
- Graduation Rate: 93%
- 1st time Board Certification Pass Rate All-Time: 92%
- 2022 Board Certification Pass Rate: 94.4%
- Overall Pass Rate: 100%
“Something that I highly valued about the residency was the mentorship. I feel that mentorship from an OCS residency trained therapist is an intangible edge for advancing skills in the clinic; both hands on and clinical reasoning. It was the largest pull for me to undergo the residency program. It definitely lived up to my expectations. The modules providing up to date literature and fellowship presentations were also very useful and thorough. They helped me make clinical connections for diagnostic, prognostic, and treatment aspects of each body region. Emphasizing the use of body charts and the importance of a thorough subjective exam has done wonders for increasing patient buy-in, helping with my hypothesis development and organizing the flow of my examination. “
-Josh RSee More Testimonials