If you broke a bone, suffered a spinal cord injury, needed rotator cuff surgery, or were diagnosed with a musculoskeletal disorder, would you visit just any doctor, or better yet, any surgeon…or would you try to find one that specializes in your injury or condition?
As a physical therapist (PT), wouldn’t you expect your patients to do the same—look for a PT who specialized in their condition? If you’re a PT with a high volume of patients with orthopedic injuries, or looking to move into the orthopedic field, why not take your skills to next level by becoming board- certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)?
Through its Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, Professional Physical Therapy and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) afford physical therapists the unique opportunity to raise the bar in their career. This APTA-accredited program fully prepares you for the OCS exam, so you can become among the top orthopedic physical therapists in the industry.
The meeting place for expertise, education and specialized care, the Residency Program effectively trains dedicated individuals in the implementation of orthopedic physical therapy as well as the science behind it. This 13-month curriculum helps to elevate residents through clinical practice, didactic training, and teaching experience. If you are a third year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) student or recent physical therapy school graduate seeking to sharpen your clinical skills, and looking for a program that supports eligibility for the ABPTS Board Examination in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, keep reading!
- Program Leadership. Professional’s Residency Program operates under the under the leadership of Frank Hoeffner PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS. After completing New York University’s Clinical Residency, Frank became one of the first residency-trained orthopedic physical therapists practicing on Long Island and is the Director of the Professional Physical Therapy-NYIT Orthopedic Residency Program. He is also the Regional Clinical Excellence Director for Professional Physical Therapy’s Queens/Long Island Region and assists in the development of the company’s Clinical Excellence curriculum utilized companywide. Frank is an active member of the APTA and AOPT, and is currently conducting research involving Clinical Practice Guideline implementation.
- Mentorship. The program is staffed with 15 of Professional’s physical therapists and orthopedic clinical specialists across five states, who are residency trained and board-certified in orthopedics. Every 4 months, residents will rotate through mentors in order to have the opportunity to be exposed to information from various professionals in the industry, three hours each week.
- Comprehensive curriculum in a small group environment. The program accepts only 20 students per cohort, with a curriculum that includes grand rounds, case presentations, and monthly journal clubs, as well as one-on-one training and mentorship. These small class sizes allow for an interactive learning environment, giving students more of an opportunity to learn from peers, receive more feedback from instructors, and encourages participation.
- Career Opportunities Each student that participates in the program is hired by Professional Physical Therapy as a full-time, treating clinician throughout the residency, with the option to remain on after the residency is completed. Residents receive a competitive salary, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities. There are also positions offered for Teaching Assistants at NYIT and within Professional’s in-house Clinical Excellence Department.
If you are a motivated individual aiming for a career centered on delivering superior patient outcomes, put yourself ahead of the rest. Separate yourself from the competition with Professional Physical Therapy’s Residency Program where you’ll be given the tools to master the OCS exam and become the specialist your patients want. You can learn more by visiting: https://www.professionalpt.com/new-york-institute-of-technology-orthopedic-residency/.
If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, apply today at rfptcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/. The next session begins in August 2020 and the deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.