Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency


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 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.

Program Directors 

Elizabeth Lane, PT, DPT, PhD (c)

Misty Seidenburg, PT, DPT



Each year the orthopaedic residency is anticipated to have additional sites. Please make sure to contact us for specific locations.


Program Outline/ Plan of Study  Each resident provides patient care at one of URI partners’ leading outpatient facilities. Lecture and manual skills training occur at one of the clinical facility regional locations in addition to our online courses designed to meet orthopedic specialty.

Introduction to Online Learning


Comprehensive Management of the Lumbopelvic Region

Comprehensive Management of the Lower Extremity

Comprehensive Management of the Cervicothoracic Region

Comprehensive Management of the Upper Quarter

Clinical Reasoning

Imaging and Pharmacology


OCS Prep Course

The program also consists of two resident-only weekend labs:

  1. Weekend One: This weekend intensive lab takes place early in the curriculum and focuses on clinical reasoning, biomechanics and kinesiology.
  2. Weekend Two: This weekend intensive lab takes place after the musculoskeletal content. The focus is on upper/lower quarter exercise and pain science. 


Mentoring Model 

A minimum of 150 hours of patient care are spent 1:1 mentoring with a therapist that has received ABPTS certification.


Goals of the 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


For more information, please contact us at OrthoResidency@upstreamrehabinstitute.com.