Clinical Residency: Ortho

Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic PT

The Orthopaedic Clinical Residency program at the MGH Institute is a one-year program for physical therapists looking to advance their practice and careers in orthopaedic physical therapy.

Residents will have the opportunity to refine their knowledge base and clinical skills through a mixture of lab-based seminar, and independent study courses combined with clinical practice and one-on-one mentorship by highly trained clinicians in our outstanding clinical partner facilities.

Residents will also have access to selected resources in an extensive network of clinical education affiliations including, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

Residents will also have the opportunity to develop teaching skills by serving as lab instructors for the MGH Institute’s courses under the mentorship of Institute Physical Therapy faculty. In addition, residents will have the opportunity to participate in clinical research or clinical scholarship through either the MGH Institute or clinical partners.

Upon successful completion of this credentialed Orthopaedic Clinical Residency program, residents are eligible to sit for board certification examination in orthopaedic physical therapy administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

Residency Program Mission

The mission of the post-professional Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy is to provide  physical therapist residents with didactic, scholarly and clinical educational opportunities that will improve their ability to integrate scientific knowledge into clinical practice; and will facilitate development of advanced diagnostic, clinical decision-making, and hands-on clinical skills in orthopaedic and manual physical therapy.

Read the program's Goals and Objectives.

Residency Program Components:

The Orthopaedic Clinical Residency program was first credentialed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) in 2003.

During the year of the residency program, the resident will be a part-time employee of one of the clinical partners (approximately .5 FTE), with non-degree student status at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Over the course of one year, the resident/employee will complete a minimum of 1,500 hours. Read the break down of program components.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be:

  1. Eligible for or hold a valid Massachusetts Physical Therapy License
  2. Graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapist education program no later than August 31 of the residency year.
  3. Able to comply with all clinical site employment requirements

Application deadline is April 8, 2016 for Fall 2016 start. See Application Process and Partner Matching Process.

Program Costs and Compensation:

  • Residency Program Fee: $100 per semester
  • Residency Fee: $3,000
  • APTA Home Study Courses: $410 (Orthopaedic Section member price)
  • Total: $3,710

Costs include enrollment in PT 845-01 (0 credits) across the three semesters of the program that gives the resident non-degree student status at MGH Institute of Health Professions with access to all resources available to degree students, the Elevating Practice in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy course and seminars, and mentored clinical hours. 

Residents, as employees of the clinical partner facility, receive a wage and benefits package approximately equivalent to those of a 50% employee that are specific to the facility. Lab instructor activities are reimbursed at an hourly rate.

For more information on the Residency Program, contact Keshrie Naidoo, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, Coordinator for the Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Program at 


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