Orthopedic Residency

Orthopedic PT Residency Program

The orthopedic physical therapy residency program at Creighton University is a fast-paced, high-energy, clinical immersion experience designed to kick start your professional career and fast track you to clinical specialization. Our residency year is designed to bring you along from a new practitioner to a more confident clinician who is ready to take on a challenging clinical environment.

You will receive quality clinical mentorship and advanced didactic instruction from experienced faculty to help you begin to develop expertise in the practice of orthopedic physical therapy.

View our orthopedic physical therapy residency program flyer.

Mission and Goals

Mission

The program is committed to developing specialization in advanced orthopedic clinical practice, teaching, and advocacy by providing focused, ongoing mentorship in preparation of residents who will become leaders in orthopedic physical therapy practice.

Outcomes

i. The resident will be able to identify and discuss foundational, behavioral, and clinical sciences and critical inquiry principles related to advanced clinical practice.

ii. The resident will demonstrate accurate performance of all elements of the patient management model (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes) in a variety of practice settings related to advanced orthopedic practice.

iii. The resident will demonstrate “proficient” clinical reasoning skills necessary for advanced clinical practice.

iv. The resident will successfully complete 2 live patient practical examinations, one written examination, and one technique exam during the residency.

v. The resident will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the Orthopaedic Specialty Exam.

vi. The resident will be able to provide effective teaching/communication to patients, peers, and students.

vii. The resident will demonstrate professional behaviors and leadership related to service to the community and profession at a local and national level, including but not limited to advocacy opportunities.


First-time pass rate on ABPTS specialty exam in Orthopaedics

 

Non-residents

Residency grads

Creighton Residency Grads

2015

71%

86%

100%

2016

72%

84%

100%

2017

74%

87%

100%

2018 79% 90% 100%
2019 79% 87% 100%
2020 67% 86% 100%

Successful completion rate of Creighton University Orthopedic Residency Program

 

COMPLETION RATE

2015

100%

2016

100%

2017

100%

2018 100%
2019 100%
2020 100%

Curriculum

We are a full-time, 12-month clinical residency with didactic curriculum at Creighton University and clinical practice at facilities in Omaha.

Sample Schedule

View a sample weekly schedule (PDF).

Learning Experiences

  • Advanced didactic instruction in orthopedic physical therapy, including specific OCS exam prep
  • 30 hours of clinical practice per week with one of our clinical partners, including regular mentoring from clinical faculty
  • Weekly “Common Curriculum” seminars with other specialties and professions at Creighton, including neurologic PT, pediatric PT, geriatric PT, women’s health PT, and OT fellows
  • Teaching experiences with DPT students in musculoskeletal PT classes and laboratories
  • Quarterly written narratives, with feedback from peers and faculty
  • Case presentations, with feedback from peers and faculty
  • Scholarship project, with guidance from an academic or clinical faculty member

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