FAQs

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.

We have several sports residency locations across the country and are always looking for additional locations to host a sports resident. Sites must maintain a minimum of 40% “athletic population” across the age continuum.  The site must also have outreach ATC opportunities available to the residents and strongly encouraged to have MD (sports medicine) collaboration and observation.  Participants typically will relocate to a sports residency location for the duration of their residency year and then transition to a predetermined location to fulfill their commitment following the program.

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.

Seats are limited to 10 participants at this time.

12 months

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

Yes- the URI Sports Residency is accredited by the American Physcial Therapy Association. It has been accredited since 2014 and was reaccredited in December 2020.

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, experience, interview results, and overall director determination of readiness for the program

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

After the completion of the program the sports resident has a 24- month commitment. Participants typically will relocate to a sports residency location for the duration of their residency year and then transition to a predetermined location to fulfill their commitment following the program.

The residency curriculum includes five primary components including:

  1. Mentorship: 150 hours of clinical mentoring with an approved mentor holding board certification
  2. Clinical Practice: 1650 clinical practice hours at an approved clinical site
  3. Athletic Coverage: 200 athletic venue coverage hours completed jointly with ATC, SCS, or MD in a variety of sport and military settings
  4. Blended Didactic Coursework: Programming includes 6 modules including Emergency Management and Advanced Clinical Reasoning, Spine, Lower Quarter, Upper Quarter, Return to Play Strategies, Special Topics. Each module consists of online didactic education and a live weekend lab intensive
  5. Specialty Track: Specialization to include a deeper dive into your sport of choice. This project includes development of a presentation in an area of interest, development and presentation of an injury screen, and development of a community outreach plan.

Each resident receives a minimum of 150 1:1 hours with an assigned mentor. Up to 50 of those hours may be at the mentor’s clinic location.  The remaining hours must be completed with the resident’s caseload to facilitate clinical reasoning with your own patients. Typically mentoring is 4 hours per week but this is flexible depending on the needs of the resident and mentor.

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.

We offer didactic coursework through multiple mediums to allow for unique opportunities and experiences.  Our program consists of use of current technology to include online coursework, live lab and manual work and techniques in collaboration with fellow residents in a group setting.

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

While most physical therapy programs are great at training general therapists, a residency is a way to improve clinical decision-making and treatment interventions in a structured program with guided mentorship in a specific area. Sports residency in particular is a way to blend an interest in orthopedic knowledge with rehabilitation and enhancing performance of an athletic population.