The UTMB orthopedic residency is a one year program that is divided into four units. Each unit focuses on regions of the body as detailed in the APTA's 'Description of Residency (DRP)'.
- Unit 1 the Lower Spine
- Unit 2 the Lower Quarter
- Unit 3 the Upper Spine
- Unit 4 the Upper Quarter
The is also special topics such as regenerative medicine, pain science, nutrition, among other topics integrated into the curriculum.
We also have a focus on manual therapy as our residents will have opportunity to transition into a local fellowship program if they desire to expand their knowledge and skills in this area of practice.
During the program, the resident will be mentored 1:1 by clinical staff of various treatment philosophies. The number of mentoring hours the resident is defined by the ABPTRFE as "150 total hours, with 100 being 1:1 ratio". Additionally, there is 300 hours of didactic content build into the program to supplement the resident in learning based on the DRP.
The resident will also have opportunities to participate in various
physician and acute sports injury clinics. Some of the specialties
included are: orthopedics, neurosurgery, radiology, and pain services.
Coverage of local high school athletic events. UTMB has partnerships
with some local schools, so the residents can assist our Athletic
Trainers and PT faculty in caring for our young athletes!
Participate in Research. Our residency program has a vested interest in
expanding our professional knowledge and encourages resident
participation in formal research, journal clubs, and integrated reading
sessions with faculty members. Research derived from the Residency
program has been presented at Combine Sections Meeting for the APTA.
Throughout the program clinical reasoning and treatments skills will be
evaluated to determine readiness for sitting for the orthopedic
specialty examination (OCS). The goal for residents whom completed the
program, is to meet requirements necessary for taking the OCS