The curriculum is based on the most recent Description of Resident Practice in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association.
Sixteen hours a week are dedicated to the resident to enhance clinical reasoning and specialty skills. The didactic learning component of the residency program is a series of learning modules supplemented by the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA addressing current concepts in orthopedic physical therapy. The resident will be tested on various learning modules throughout the year-long residency program.
The resident will conduct a research project and/or create a case study based upon a patient and condition encountered during residency, which will further development in scientific writing and evidenced-based practice. The case study and/or research project will be prepared to submit for publication by the end of the year-long residency.
The resident will be an adjunct faculty and assist 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.
Additionally, the resident will spend time overseeing GVSU DPT students in their pro-bono clinic, serving a portion of the uninsured and underinsured Grand Rapids population.