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Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to offer an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency beginning in 2017. Graduates from an accredited physical therapy program will have the unique opportunity to perform a post-professional residency in outpatient clinical orthopedics. The curriculum will be based on the most recent Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association.

The 12-month program begins in September. The inaugural residency will commence Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. The program will consist of three four-month rotations. One resident will be selected per year and the resident will rotate through the following areas in outpatient orthopedics:

Orthopedic Rehabilitation Center – The resident will develop advanced knowledge, skills and clinical expertise in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy (pre- and post-operatively), preparing them for advanced specialty practice and for leadership in their profession. The resident will work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team to help restore hope and freedom to people with diverse orthopedic conditions. The resident also will contribute to and effectively implement evidence-based clinical practice and will share knowledge and expertise with students, fellow clinicians and the patients/families served, while exhibiting high ethical standards and professionalism. Members of the multi-disciplinary team include physicians and physician assistants from River Valley Orthopedics and occupational therapists whose specializations range from work conditioning to hand therapy. The team also includes physical therapists with OSC and McKenzie MDT credentials.

The Pain Center – This multidisciplinary program is designed to take a rehabilitation approach to treat patients with chronic pain and headaches. Under the guidance of a clinical mentor, the resident will gain experience and develop skills that empower patients to reduce their pain and manage their symptoms, allowing them to return to functional and enjoyable lives. The Pain Center staff uses a team-based approach that includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, physicians and physician assistants, and psychologists who specialize in treating chronic pain issues.

The Spine Center – The resident will develop advanced knowledge, skills and clinical expertise utilizing the McKenzie-based approach to patient care. Emphasis on empowering the patient to be an active participant in managing their condition is an integral part of the McKenzie approach. As part of the team, the resident will focus on restoring patients’ spinal health through rehabilitation, not surgery or medication. The resident will enhance clinical expertise by working with patients with outpatient orthopedic spinal conditions, both pre- and post-operatively. The resident will enhance clinical reasoning as part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, occupational therapists, pain psychologists and work conditioning.

The resident will treat patients 25 hours a week and spend the remaining hours in didactic learning.  They will develop their evidenced based practice while working collaboratively with the Mary Free Bed Center for Research and Innovation. They will be allotted time in an adjunct role in both musculoskeletal and spine labs through Grand Valley State University. Additional professional development activities may include the following observational activities; Motion Analysis Center, work conditioning, hand therapy, fluoroscopically guided spinal injections, orthopedic and spinal surgeries.

The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program is accepting applications for the 2017 program. Click here to apply online.

Want to Apply?
Please provide the following documents:
1. Official Transcript
2. Resume
3. Applicant Statement (no more than three pages in length)
• Why have you chosen to apply to the Mary Free Bed Orthopedic Residency Program? What types of experiences are you seeking in a residency program?
• What are your professional goals and objectives?
• Through the achievement of your professional goals, how do you envision your role/ contribution to the physical therapy profession in the next five years?
4. Three letters of recommendation/reference. The letters could include but are not limited to addressing the applicant’s: communication and team-based skills, self-directed learning, integration of evidence into practice, research experience, clinical reasoning skills and development during the applicant’s interaction with reference.
• If less than two years of experience as a physical therapist at least one letter must be from a current or former clinical instructor and at least one letter from a faculty member.
• If greater than two years of experience as a physical therapist, one letter must be from a current supervisor and one letter from a colleague.
• Third letter MUST be from a member of faculty, a colleague or a supervisor who can speak to qualifications and accomplishments in research, scientific inquiry and writing.

Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017. Questions? Contact Kevin Duffy in Human Resources at 616.840.8318 or 800.528.8989.

Candidates will be invited for interviews with the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Board. Final decisions will be made by the end of May 2017.