Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Orthopedic Residency program provides 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: Orthopedics (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.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to and effectively implement evidence-based clinical practice and will share their knowledge and expertise with students, fellow clinicians and the patients and families they serve, while exhibiting high ethical standards and professionalism.

The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a fully accredited program through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

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Please explore the categories below for program details.

Application questions:
Kevin Duffy, Human Resources senior employment specialist
616.840.8318, 800.528.8989

Program-specific questions:
James Gaynor, PT
james.gaynor@maryfreebed.com

Clinical Curriculum

The curriculum will be based on the most recent Description of Resident Practice: Orthopaedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

The 12-month program begins in September of each year. 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-operative care). The resident will work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team to help restore hope and freedom to people with diverse orthopedic conditions. Members of the multi-disciplinary team include physicians and physician assistants from River Valley Orthopedics and occupational therapists whose specialties range from work conditioning to hand therapy. The team also includes physical therapists with Orthopaedic Specialist Certification (OSC) and McKenzie MDT credentials.

Pain Rehabilitation – This multidisciplinary program takes a rehabilitation approach to treating 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 Rehabilitation team includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, 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 his or her clinical expertise by working with patients with outpatient orthopedic spinal conditions, both pre- and post-operatively. The resident will enhance his or her clinical reasoning as part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, occupational therapists, pain psychologists and work conditioning.
The resident will treat patients clinically 25-plus hours a week and spend the remaining hours in didactic learning.

Didactics

The curriculum is based on the most recent Description of Residency Practice: Orthopaedics from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Weekly dedicated didactic learning hours are provided to the resident to enhance clinical reasoning and specialty skills. The didactic learning component of the residency program is a series of learning modules through 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 report based upon a patient 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 the musculoskeletal and spine labs at 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.

Faculty

James GaynorJames Gaynor, MS PT, Cert. MDT, DC
Program Coordinator, Physical Therapist II
• Twenty years of clinical physical therapy experience, including 10 years in Mary Free Bed spine specialty clinics
• Credentialed in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine
• MSPT, Midwestern University; Doctor of Chiropractic, National College of Chiropractic

Christopher BajemaChristopher Bajema, PT, OCS, CSCS
Musculoskeletal Team Manager – Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
• Certified orthopedic clinical specialist
• Certified strength and conditioning specialist

Carrie MalinCarrie Malin, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Team Lead Physical Therapist – Spine Center, faculty
• Certified orthopedic clinical specialist
• Certified in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment
• DPT, Grand Valley State University; BS Biopsychology, University of Michigan

Teresa MillerTeresa Miller, MS PT, Cert. MDT, OCS, TPS
Physical Therapist II, mentor
• Eighteen years of clinical experience, including 15 years in Mary Free Bed’s Pain Rehabilitation program
• Supervises Grand Valley State University DPT students in research
• Certified in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment
• Certified orthopedic clinical specialist, therapeutic pain specialist
• MS PT, Grand Valley State University

Christy Olgine-BoltChristy Olgine-Bolt, PT, DPT
Team Lead Physical Therapist – Orthopedic Rehabilitation Center, mentor
• Certificate in Dance Rehabilitation Training from Westside Dance Physical Therapy
• Attended McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Courses A-D
• DPT, Grand Valley State University

Kara SeyffertKara Seyffert, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
Physical Therapist II, mentor
• Certified in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment
• DPT, Central Michigan University

Mike TerrellMike Terrell, PT, MS PT, Cert. MDT
Physical Therapist II, mentor
• Credentialed in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
• MS PT, Grand Valley State University

Ann VenemaAnn Venema, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
Physical Therapist II, mentor
• Credentialed in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment
• DPT, Grand Valley State University

Job Details

The resident will have full-time status as a Mary Free Bed employee, which includes full-time benefits. The resident also will be appointed part-time faculty at Grand Valley State University, which includes access to university resources.

Eligibility
The applicant must be a physical therapist or in his or her final year of an accredited physical therapy program. Applicants must have obtained State of Michigan licensure prior to beginning the residency.

Want to apply?
We have re-opened the application process for the 2021-2022 residency year due to a last minute vacancy. The application will be open until October 1, 2021 with a start date for our new resident by the end of October 2021.  Click here to begin your application.

If you have further questions, call Kevin Duffy, Human Resources senior employment specialist, at 616.840.8318 or 800.528.8989.

For program-specific questions, email James Gaynor, MS PT, Cert. MDT, DC, at james.gaynor@maryfreebed.com.

Outcomes

Programmatic Goals
Goal 1: Graduate residents who will serve the residents of West Michigan and beyond by delivering the latest evidenced-based care in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy that integrates advanced patient-centered clinical practice and an interdisciplinary team-based collaborative practice.

Goal 2: Develop and deliver a curriculum for post-professional learning with strong focus on evidence-based orthopedic physical therapy practice designed around the latest Description of Residency Practice in Orthopaedics.

Goal 3: Provide residents with a high-quality, consistent experience at all Mary Free Bed clinic locations through direct patient care and specialty observations addressing primary health conditions listed in the Description of Residency Practice – Orthopaedic.

Goal 4: Prepare residents to successfully obtain their Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Certification.

Goal 5: Obtain and maintain orthopedic residency accreditation status through the ABPTRFE.

Goal 6: Graduate PT residents who will contribute to the betterment of the physical therapy profession through leadership, teaching and scholarship.

These goals are assessed using 15 key indicators.

Program Outcomes
• Resident will demonstrate advanced knowledge, clinical-reasoning skills and evidence-based practice in effectively treating a variety of patient populations across orthopedic settings. Consistently utilize patient-centered focus in an interdisciplinary collaborative approach to deliver care designed around the latest Description of Residency: Orthopaedics.
• Resident will exhibit high standards of ethical clinical practice and professional behaviors with patients, families and colleagues.
• Resident will be prepared to sit for and successfully pass the ABPTS examination for board certification in orthopedic physical therapy.
• Resident will be proficient in appropriate skills as an educator to effectively engage and instruct patients, caregivers, students and colleagues in orthopedic topics.
• Resident will demonstrate advanced skills in acquisition, dissemination and integration of clinical research into practice. Develop skills in scientific inquiry to contribute to the advancement of orthopedic physical therapy.
• Resident will contribute to the betterment of the orthopedic physical therapy profession through active involvement at the local, state and/or global level.

These outcomes are assessed using 35 key indicators.

New program – statistics not yet available.
• Board pass rate
• Graduation rate
• Program year goal completion rate
• Participant year goal completion rate

 

Ortho PT Residency Outcomes

Research

Each year, the resident is required to present his or her findings of a scientific inquiry project at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds. The residents also are required to submit their project at a national level, as either a poster or platform presentation. Listed below are citations for the residents’ works.

Rutherford, A. and Miller, T. Sensitivity of Physical Outcome Measures to Change and Mediating Effects of Psychological Variables in Individuals with Chronic Pain. Submitted for publication PT Journal, Fear of Movement Special Edition

Schrader, T. Survival Analysis of Opioid Abstinence in Patients Who Completed a Multidisciplinary Pain Program. Poster presentation at the Midwest Pain Society meeting Oct. 4-5, 2019

Schrader, T. Survival Analysis of Opioid Abstinence in Patients Who Completed a Multidisciplinary Pain Program. Accepted for Poster presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting Feb. 12-15, 2020

Spruit, E and Miller, T. Assessment of Healthcare Professional and Physical Therapist Knowledge of Pain Science and Neurophysiology: The Revised Neurophysiology of Pain Questionnaire in a Rehabilitation Hospital Network. Poster presentations MPTA Annual Meeting Oct. 2018, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Jan. 23-26, 2019.

Spruit, E and Miller, T. Assessment of Healthcare Professional and Physical Therapist Knowledge of Pain Science and Neurophysiology: The Revised Neurophysiology of Pain Questionnaire in a Rehabilitation Hospital Network. Research poster presented at Michigan Physical Therapy Association Annual Fall Conference, Oct. 5-6, 2018.

Spruit, E and Miller, T. Assessment of Healthcare Professional and Physical Therapist Knowledge of Pain Science and Neurophysiology: The Revised Neurophysiology of Pain Questionnaire in a Rehabilitation Hospital Network. Research poster displayed at the Midwest Pain Society Meeting Nov. 9, 2018.