Together with SSM Health Physical Therapy, Saint Louis University offers a 12-month physical therapy orthopedic residency that allows you to participate in mentored patient care with expert clinicians in orthopedics settings.
The program allows licensed physical therapists to advance their orthopedics knowledge, skills and attributes, as described by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists’ Description of Specialty Practice. It involves both classroom learning and psychomotor instruction at Saint Louis University and SSM Health Physical Therapy in face-to-face, online and small group formats.
Graduates of the residency are prepared to sit for the Orthopedic Specialty Examination. Program highlights include:
- Direct 1:1 clinical mentoring
- Compensation (including benefits) for non-mentored hours of patient care
- Participation as a lab instructor in SLU's entry-level physical therapy program
- Small group classroom and manual skills instruction, facilitated discussion and journal club
- Independent mentorship in specialty topics within the field of orthopedics
- Opportunities for clinic rounding, surgery observation and grand rounds with physicians
- Preparation for the OCS exam
- Chris Sebelski, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D., OCS, CSCS, Program Director
- Jill Eveker, PT, D.P.T., OCS, CSMT, Associate Program Director
- Pam Abbott, PT, D.P.T., OCS
- Emily Britt, PT, D.P.T., OCS
- Megan Burgess, PT, D.P.T., OCS
- Amanda Chumley, PT, MPT, COMT
- Jonathan Drew, PT, D.P.T., OCS
- Ann Hayes, PT, D.P.T., OCS
- Anne Kammien, PT, CHT
- William Kelly, PT, OCS
- Dawn Kennedy, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
- Mike Markee, PT, D.P.T., OCS, COMT
- Randy Richter, PT, Ph.D.
- Annette Tulley, PT, D.P.T., Cert. MDT
- Barb Yemm, PT, D.P.T., OCS
The curriculum for this program includes 1,200 hours of non-mentored patient care, for which you will be paid. It also consists of:
- 190 hours of 1:1 clinical mentoring
- 180-200 hours spent as a lab instructor or teacher in SLU's DPT program
- 166 hours participating in didactic, small group and manual skills instruction
- 50 hours of clinical observation (physician shadowing, surgery observation)
- 40 hours of independent mentorship in specialty topics such as research, acute orthopedics, fracture care, amputee care, manual lymphatic drainage or industrial injuries
- 30 hours providing pro bono services to the St. Louis community
- Visual analysis of human movement
- Clinical reasoning
- Patient-centered interviewing
- Differential diagnosis
- Evidence-based practice
- Physical examination and manual treatment procedures**
- Foot/ankle regions
- Pain science
- Thoughtful interviewing and clinical reasoning
- Knee and lower leg regions
- Hip and thigh regions
- Lumbo-pelvic regions
- Thoracic spine/ribs/chest regions
- Cervical spine/TMJ regions
- Shoulder/scapulothoracic regions
- Elbow/wrist/hand regions
**Coursework is regionally based and will be taught through small group facilitation, journal club, psychomotor skills and lecture. All courses include mobilization/manipulation where appropriate.
Sample Weekly Schedule
|Monday||Entry level teaching||Clinical practice with mentor|
|Tuesday||Clinical practice (non-mentored)||Physician shadowing|
|Wednesday||Residency instruction||Clinical practice (non-mentored)|
|Thursday||Clinical Practice (non-mentored||Clinical Practice (non-mentored)|
|Friday||Clinical Practice with mentor||Residency instruction|
Judice, G. Sebelski, C. A review of pitching kinematics at the moment of foot contact in youth baseball: 2007-2017. Accepted forCSM 2018 in New Orleans, LA as a poster presentation.
Kays, A. Sebelski, C. A deeper understanding: Choosing an exercise self-efficacy scale for college aged wellness clients. Accepted for CSM 2018 in New Orleans, LA as a poster presentation.
Allison, J. Sebelski, C. Manual therapy interventions for adolescent to collegiate-aged individuals with post-concussion disorder: a rapid review. 2016. Presented at World Congress in South Africa 2017 as a poster presentation.
|Allison, J. Sebelski, C. Manual therapy interventions for adolescent to collegiate-aged individuals with post-concussion disorder: a rapid review. 2016. Presented at CSM 2017 in San Antonio, TX as a poster presentation.|
Frequently Asked Questions
The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education states:"The residency experience combines opportunities for ongoing mentoring and formal and informal feedback to the physical therapist resident, including required written and live patient practical examinations, with a foundation in scientific inquiry, evidence-based practice and course work designed to provide a theoretical basis for advanced practice.A residency program must be completed within a minimum of 1,500 hours including a minimum of 150 hours of one to one mentoring and a minimum of 75 hours of didactic training completed between nine to 36 months within the specialty area of practice. A fellowship program allows a therapist to subspecialize in an area of practice and must be completed with a minimum of 1,000 hours and between six to 36 months."
The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program is an accredited residency located in the heart of the Midwest. It offers you the unique opportunity to be mentored by experts in two different facilities, to instruct in SLU's entry-level program in physical therapy and to participate in pro bono services to the Saint Louis community. The partnership between the two facilities provides access to numerous resources, clinical experiences and expertise in a variety of settings for orthopedic patient care.
Recent graduates of APTA-credentialed physical therapy programs are eligible to apply, as are physical therapists who are new to the field of orthopedics and are interested in one-on-one mentoring.
Two residents are accepted each year.
The program begins in mid-August and runs for one year. Residents begin work at a clinical site, then instruct within SLU's entry-level DPT program.
March 1. Only one annual application cycle is offered, beginning after the first of the year.
Applicants can hold a bachelor's, master's or doctor of physical therapy degree.
Yes. Our curriculum is developed from the Description of Specialty Practice readiness guidelines. An emphasis is placed on the concepts and knowledge necessary for the OCS exam.
Yes, a personal interview with the faculty of the SLU-SSM Health Residency Program is a requirement of the application process for invited applicants.
Typically, yes; however different lenders may have different policies. Check with your specific lender regarding your individual account and its management.
Residents are expected to demonstrate successful completion of written and oral exams, and practical examinations with patients.
Yes. You must have a Missouri state physical therapy license prior to beginning the residency in August.
Residents practice for approximately six months at each of the two locations: SSM Health Physical Therapy and Saint Louis University's Physical Therapy Clinic.
Residents are expected be a member of the APTA. Expenses include living, transportation, parking, APTA membership and conference fees. Learning materials such as additional texts, independent study course modules, computer access and suitable professional clothing should also be expected expenses.
Yes. Residents in this program are considered full time, benefited SSM Health employees and are paid a competitive rate for their non-mentored hours of patient care and for their role in the entry-level courses at the SLU physical therapy program.