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Ohio University/OhioHealth Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

PT ortho residency


The Ohio University Division of Physical Therapy and OhioHealth are pleased to offer an orthopedic clinical residency.  This partnership brings together the strengths of both organizations to create a high-quality residency program designed to advance the clinical and scientific knowledge base, clinical skills, clinical research skills, and teaching effectiveness of physical therapists.  

OhioHealth offers strong and varied clinical experiences with advanced clinical mentoring by physical therapists and physicians, while the Ohio University Division of Physical Therapy offers exceptional learning experiences through coursework, advanced clinical and teaching mentorship, and research opportunities. The specific advantages of this partnership are to improve patient care and to enhance and build the careers of physical therapists.

The resident will be an employee of OhioHealth and will earn 80% salary commensurate with experience. Benefits typical of an OhioHealth associate are provided by OhioHealth.

James Odenthal, DPT, OCS
Residency Director, Ohio University/OhioHealth Orthopedic Residency
W290 Grover Center
Division of Physical Therapy
Ohio University

Each resident will participate in 32 hours/week of patient care with 3 hours of this time each week designated as 1-on-1 mentoring with his/her mentor.  Additionally, residents will have the opportunity to observe and learn from other designated therapists and healthcare providers during each learning module.  Surgical observations will also be available to enhance and promote the learning experience.  

Didactic education will occur throughout the program at both OhioHealth and Ohio University. The resident will regularly participate in a journal club with the topics related to areas being addressed in each module. Time will also be spent in courses, both onsite at OhioHealth facilities, at Ohio University, and online for designated topics. These courses will be provided by faculty at Ohio University Division of Physical Therapy, OhioHealth physical therapists and physicians, and other healthcare providers.  During a portion of the curriculum, the resident will be introduced to teaching pedagogy by assisting in entry-level physical therapy instruction at the Ohio University Division of Physical Therapy. Didactic experiences will incorporate various learning strategies, but all modules will have clinical laboratory experiences. Independent study will further supplement the resident’s didactic learning experience. 

Click here for a summary of the curriculum in PDF format


Qualities of Successful Applicants

  1. A desire to develop advance clinical skills 
  2. Demonstrated independent learning
  3. Excellent clinical reasoning skills
  4. Strong communication skills
  5. Self-initiative and self-responsibility
  6. Commitment to evidenced-based practice

The admission to the Ohio University/OhioHealth Orthopedic Residency will be using the RF-PTCAS procedure for admissions for June 2015. Please check back to this site in January 2015 for more information regarding the process for applying to the program.