Two physical therapy orthopedic residents in a classroom at Mayo Clinic

The Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency is a full-time 12-month program. You experience 1,500 hours of clinical practice, including 200 hours of individual mentored time from highly trained and board-certified physical therapists.

Didactic and laboratory education, including manual therapy psychomotor skill acquisition, is integrated throughout the curriculum and modeled after the orthopaedic physical therapy description of specialty practice.

Other curriculum content and directed learning activities include assisting with teaching lectures and laboratory coursework, clinical mentoring and teaching physical therapy students, and observing surgery and other medical specialty practices.

Requirements for residency completion include presenting at journal clubs and Grand Rounds, as well as completing a final research project chosen from one of these options:

  • A resident's case problem
  • A critically appraised topic
  • A research project examining a clinical measurement or question in orthopaedic practice, such as:
    • Pursuing a study that addresses a clinical question that can be answered from current databases
    • Partnering with an aspect of an ongoing study
    • Pairing with a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) medical resident and mentor on an ongoing or novel project

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo Clinic's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are routinely assessed and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Dec. 06, 2017