Saint Louis University’s (SLU) program in physical therapy is partnering with SSM Physical Therapy to offer a post-professional residency program in orthopedic physical therapy, according to a Saint Louis University Medical Center news release. The yearlong residency aims to prepare physical therapists to specialize in treating, evaluating, and managing patients who have orthopedic problems. The program consists of clinical observation, direct clinical mentoring, non-mentored patient care, lab instruction and teaching responsibilities, and independent mentorship.

In addition, the program consists of providing pro bono services in the St. Louis community. The SLU Medical Center news release notes that the residents will serve as lab instructors for entry-level physical therapy courses at SLU. Other opportunities include shadowing of orthopedic surgeons, small group study format, and mentoring by SLU physical therapy faculty and SSM physical therapists. The new program will be accepting applicants through May 1.

Chris Sebelski, DPT, director of the new orthopedic physical therapy residency program, states, “The SLU-SSM orthopedic physical therapy residency will advance the practice of physical therapy by specialized training of licensed physical therapists, preparing them for board certification in orthopedic physical therapy.”

Sebelski adds, “The education of each resident will emphasize accelerating the development of clinical skills through reflective and evidence based reasoning. The program focuses on mentoring by advanced orthopedic physical therapists and engaging in the care of diverse patient population between SSM Physical Therapy, the SLU Physical Therapy clinic, and pro bono care in community outreach clinics.”

Jill Eveker, DPT, of SSM Physical Therapy, says, “The residency program will develop strong clinicians who are skilled in efficient and effective patient care, achieve strong interprofessional relationships, and become leaders within our profession.”

Source: Saint Louis University Medical Center