Orthopaedic Residency Program


The orthopaedic residency program prepares licensed physical therapists from SAU with advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in the specialty area of orthopaedic physical therapy.

By participating in a residency program, therapists gain many of the experiences needed to apply for clinical specialization through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

As of January 2020, all (100% - 48/48) individuals have successfully completed the program with 96% (46/48) passing the OCS exam.

The Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is an APTA-credentialed post-professional clinical residency program. This program was credentialed by the Committee on Clinical Residency and Fellowship Program Credentialing of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) beginning on July 31, 2006. The program was reviewed in 2011 and re-credentialed.

Currently, this program is only offered for students graduating from the professional DPT Program at St. Ambrose University and with affiliate residency sites. The residency builds upon the 114 semester hours of graduate credit completed in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Program Mission

The mission of this residency program is to prepare licensed physical therapists with advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in the specialty area of orthopaedic physical therapy. Further, the program will enhance clinical reasoning skills, provide experience in teaching and presenting, reinforce use of best evidence in practice, and facilitate life-long learning.

Therapists that successfully complete the 6-course sequence may use the designation CMT - Certificate of Manual Therapy.

For more information, contact Kevin Farrell, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT at farrellkevin@sau.edu or 563-333-6405. You can also contact the PT Office at 563-333-6403.

students in class

Residency Curriculum

Series of Nine Classes

The curriculum consists of a series of nine classes including radiology, advanced musculoskeletal therapeutics, teaching practicum, and mentored clinical blocks. Residents also participate in an elective course on pain neuroscience education with Dr. Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT.

The program utilizes classroom and laboratory training relevant to the specialty area, as well as study groups, case presentations, clinical research, staff supervision and community service. The program will be completed over a 12-month period with a new residency class beginning the spring semester each year.

A critical aspect of the program involves clinical mentoring of residents while they are involved in performing patient care. Residents are mentored by academic and clinical faculty who possess advanced clinical skills (board specialty certification or fellowship credentials), expertise in teaching, and involvement in scholarly and professional activities.

The clinical component of the residency is currently being offered in collaboration with Rock Valley Physical Therapy (Quad Cities), Genesis Health (Quad Cities), Edward Elmhurst Healthcare (Naperville, IL) and Fort Health Care (Fort Atkinson, WI).


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clinical residency?
A clinical residency program is a carefully planned, post-professional clinical and didactic education experience designed to advance the resident's preparation as a provider of patient care services in a defined area of clinical practice. It combines opportunities for ongoing clinical supervision and mentoring with a theoretical basis for advanced practice and scientific inquiry.

Residency programs focus on furthering the resident's expertise in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and the management of patients within the area of clinical specialization. By participating in a residency program, therapists gain many of the experiences needed to apply for clinical specialization through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

What is a clinical fellowship?
A clinical fellowship is a planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education for physical therapists who demonstrate clinical expertise in a learning experience in an area of clinical practice related to the practice focus of the fellowship. (Fellows are frequently post-residency prepared or board-certified specialists.)

What is the difference between a residency and a clinical fellowship program?
A clinical residency program is designed to substantially advance a resident's expertise in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and management of patients in a defined area of clinical practice (specialty).

The residency experience often prepares an individual to become a board-certified clinical specialist. In contrast, a fellowship program is designed to provide greater depth in a specialty or subspecialty area than that which is covered in a residency program.

Additionally, participants in a clinical fellowship program must be licensed as a physical therapist and possess one or more of the following qualifications: 1) specialist certification, 2) completion of a residency in a specialty area, or 3) demonstrable clinical skills within a particular specialty area.

Contact Dr. Farrell for additional questions:
Kevin Farrell, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Professor and Chair, Orthopaedic Residency Program
St. Ambrose University, Center for Health Sciences Education
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52804
563-333-6405
FarrellKevin@sau.edu

Faculty Biographies

Kevin Farrell, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Dr. Farrell is a professor in the Physical Therapy Department and serves as Chair of the Clinical Residency program in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Farrell is a board certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He continues in part-time clinical practice and is an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

Candi L. Gardner, PT, DPT, OCS, CMT
Candi practices full-time in the area of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy as a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist with an interest in treating spine and sports conditions. She completed an orthopaedic residency program training to become a Certified Manual Therapist and is an Advanced Credential Clinical Instructor.
She works with St. Ambrose University as a clinical instructor with the Orthopedic Residency Program and assists with musculoskeletal labs.

Jill Hipskind, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CMT
Jill practices full-time in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy as a board certified orthopaedic clinical specialist (OCS). In addition to completing an orthopedic residency program and becoming an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor, Jill has completed training to become a certified manual therapist.

Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT
Adriaan earned his undergraduate, master's degree and PhD from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 20 years at numerous conferences. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, Therapeutic Pain Specialist and has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters related to spinal disorders and pain science. His Ph.D. was related to therapeutic neuroscience education and he is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group, an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. Adriaan is the Program Director of the Therapeutic Pain Specialist and Pain Science Fellowship post-graduate program for Evidence In Motion.

Contact


Kevin Farrell, PT, PhD

Physical Therapy
Center for Health Sciences Education
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6405
FarrellKevin@sau.edu

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