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A therapist is wearing a black uniform and talking to a female patient who is using a step machine, and wearing a bright pink shirt. They are in a gym setting. The vision of Mary Free Bed is to be a national leader in high-value rehabilitation and post-acute care and to provide an integrated system of care throughout the upper Midwest. Education of our staff and our patients is vital to our mission.

The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Orthopedic Residency program has been established to provide advanced clinical training in an integrated environment of professional mentorship, clinical excellence, research and education.

Graduates from an accredited physical therapy program have the unique opportunity to perform a post-professional residency in outpatient clinical orthopedics. The curriculum is based on the most recent Description of Residency Practice: Orthopaedics (DRP) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

Residents will develop advanced knowledge, skills and clinical expertise in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, preparing them for advanced specialty practice and leadership in their profession. The resident will work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to assist in restoring hope and freedom to individuals with diverse orthopedic conditions. Subspecialty rotations will involve mechanical spinal conditions and patients suffering from chronic pain. The resident also will contribute to and effectively implement evidence-based clinical practice. They will share their knowledge and expertise with students, fellow clinicians and the patients/families they serve, while exhibiting high ethical standards and professionalism.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Orthopedic Residency Program has obtained candidate status from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Though achievement of candidate status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be accredited.

Please explore the tabs above for program details.

Application questions:
Kevin Duffy, Human Resources
616.840.8318 or 800.528.8989

Program-specific questions:
James Gaynor, PT