FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers now offers an orthopedic residency program that has been accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

The accreditation means that FYZICAL now offers a clinical pathway for its physical therapists to undergo advanced training and become certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists, it announces in a news release.

“By offering an accredited residency program, we are further fulfilling our commitment to excellence across our franchise system. We now have a new resource to attract physical therapists who are committed to life-long learning and evidence-based practice. In turn, those therapists will provide the best possible care for patients, improving their outcomes.”

— Dr. Gavin Hamer, FYZICAL’s national director of education

A Few Years in the Making

In 2016, Dr. Rick Douglass, FYZICAL’s president of operations, proposed his initial vision for the residency program and submitted an application to the ABPTRFE. It was two years before the application for candidacy was accepted and another two years — plus lots of education, programming and paperwork — before the board conducted a site visit at FYZICAL’s Bonita Springs, Florida location and approved the program, making FYZICAL the 117th physical therapy orthopedic residency in the United States.

“We started with a vision to become the country’s best orthopedic residency program, and then committed to the extensive application process. It was a serious undertaking. There is so much education to be done, and it’s a significant financial commitment. That’s why there are so few programs. We had to prove that we have the resources and knowledge to support the program. When the board conducted its site visit, they were impressed by how well equipped we are, and they are eager for us to expand the program across our system.”

— Dr. Rick Douglass

Currently, FYZICAL’s residency program is offered at the franchise’s Bonita Springs location. FYZICAL plans to roll out its residency program across its system and is actively seeking franchise locations that are interested in becoming residency sites now.

FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers, headquartered in Sarasota, Fla, is a franchise operation with more than 400 practices across 45 states. For more information, visit FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers.

[Source(s): FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers, PRWeb]

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