If you have any additional questions or would like to receive more information, please contact our Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program Directors, Grace Mollohan and Misty Seidenburg at OrthoResidency@upstreamrehabinstitute.com

Minimum Requirements include:

  • Graduation from an accredited physical therapy program
  • Current PT state licensure (temporary license accepted as applicable per state)
  • Candidates must be an employee of an URI partner clinic upon the time of matriculation

The program is 12 months, beginning in January and ending in December of the same year.

Yes, we accept applications from new graduates

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

 You must be eligible for licensure prior to matriculation into the program. Participants are able to start the program on a temporary license where applicable, but must obtain state licensure prior to full matriculation.

The Orthopaedic Residency can be completed in the majority of the regions throughout the company. Specific locations vary year to year based on location of potential residents, availability of credentialed mentors and will require ABPTRFE and Program approval before matriculation into residency.  

Qualified applicants participate in a video conference interview with the program director, faculty and past/present cohort participants. Selection is based on the outcomes of the application process, which includes three letters of reference, orthpaedic experience, interview results, and overall program director determination of readiness for the program

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

The program tuition is $12,000. The tuition is split between the participant and the company. The program tuition includes all course materials, weekend lab courses, faculty costs, online cohort collaboration, residency-related travel, and assistance with mentoring hours.

Yes. The URI Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by 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  50 residents.  

No, at this time the orthopaedic residency is a full-time, 12 month program. 

Yes. This program challenges the participant to develop clinical reasoning necessary to confidently and successfully treat a typical outpatient orthopedic physical therapy caseload. It provides both a foundation and in-depth review of topical content that is found on the OCS exam.

Our outcomes include:

  • Graduation Rate: 93%
  • 1st time Board Certification Pass Rate: 92%
  • Overall Pass Rate: 100%
  •  Mentorship and clinical rractice, including:
    • 150 hours of 1:1 clinical mentoring with a trained mentor holding board certification in orthopaedics
    • 1650 clinical practice hours in an approved clinical site
  • Didactic coursework via online, blended, and on-site components
  • 6 resident-only weekend lab intensives.  
  • Participation in virtual grand rounds, including participant presentation of one patient case
  • 8 hours of community service
  • 8 hours of physician observation
  • Capstone scholarly project (research, professional writing,  and/or professional presentations)
  • OCS prep course




Each resident will participate in 150 hours of  one-on-one clinical mentoring with an assigned physical therapist that is board certified in orthopaedics. Each mentor undergoes mentorship training through an internal program and completes bimonthly continuous improvement.

Each session can look a little different for each mentoring pair, but typically occurs for 4-5 hours per week of live patient care.  Our mentoring model encourages collaboration to progress your advanced clinical reasoning, manual and active therapy skill sets.  

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 participant’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 virtual mediums to allow for unique opportunities and experiences.  We combine this with 6 live weekend lab intensives and weekly clinical mentoring 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!  

  • Advance your clinical reasoning and intervention skill sets to enhance patient outcomes.  In short – get better at what you do so you can help your patients get better faster! 
  • Prepare yourself in a structured and efficient manner to sit for the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Exam the following year.  
  • Network and collaborate with like-minded orthopedic clinicians and specialists from across the country
  • Contribute to the growing body of knowledge in Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice via research, professional writing or presentations. 
  • Distinguish yourself as a leader in clinical practice.