Rehabilitation Education for Students and Trainees

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Students and residents can train at OHSU Rehabilitation Services in physical therapy and other disciplines.

OHSU Rehabilitation Services offers expert training for interns and residents. Internships are available in:

  • Physical therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Occupational therapy

Our one-year residency prepares students to become certified orthopaedic clinical specialists. We help students gain the skills, knowledge and passion to become leaders in orthopaedic physical therapy.

Apply for an internship

Deadline: Applications are accepted between Feb. 15 and March 1 the year before the clinical rotation. Applications for 2024 rotations, for example, must be in by March 1, 2023.

Submit: Email the following information to Wesley McGeachy, PT, DPT at mcgeachy@ohsu.edu

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Cover letter that includes:
    • Area or areas of interest (such as outpatient sports or acute care); many students apply for back-to-back rotations in more than one setting
    • Length of rotation and all date options
    • Expected graduation date
    • Why you’re interested in a rotation specifically at OHSU

Evaluation: Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Apply between Feb. 15 and March 1. Those who apply later will vie for first-come, first-served opportunities pending an interview.
  • Are interested in rotations longer than eight weeks.
  • Are completing back-to-back fieldwork (outpatient, acute or pediatric).
  • Attend schools with an active OHSU contract; check with your ACCE/DCE.

The process:

  • After March 1, Wesley McGeachy will contact each student to set up a 15- to 20-minute phone interview.
  • Students will be notified of acceptance by April 30. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.

Schedule: We realize that every school has a different schedule for choosing clinical affiliations. If you think this schedule won’t work for your program, please email Wesley McGeachy at mcgeachy@ohsu.edu with an explanation. Special circumstances will be considered, though first priority will still go to students who apply by March 15.

Deadline: Applications are accepted between Feb. 15 and the first Friday of April the year before the clinical rotation.

Submit: Email the following to Samantha Richards, SLP, at richasam@ohsu.edu.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Cover letter that includes:
    • Area or areas of interest
    • Length of rotation and all date options
    • Expected graduation date
    • Why you’re interested in a rotation specifically at OHSU

The process:

  • After the first Friday of April each year, we will contact applicants for interviews.
  • Students will be notified of acceptance by April 30. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.

Schedule: We realize that every school has a different schedule for choosing clinical affiliations. If you think this schedule won’t work for your program, please email Samantha Richards, SLP, at richasam@ohsu.edu with an explanation. Special circumstances will be considered, though first priority will still go to students who apply by the first Friday of April each year.

We offer occupational fieldwork rotations at OHSU and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Deadline: Applications are accepted between Feb. 1 and March 15 the year before the clinical rotation. Applications for 2024 rotations, for example, must be in by March 15, 2023.

Submit: Email the following to Christian Scarcella, O.T.R.L. at scarcell@ohsu.edu

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter that includes:
    • Fieldwork level (1 or 2) and position in academic program
    • Length of rotation and all date options
    • Patient population (if adult rotation), such as neuro, ortho, cardiac, etc.
    • Why you’re interested in a rotation specifically at OHSU

Evaluation: Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Apply between Feb. 1 and March 15. Those who apply later will vie for first-come, first-served opportunities pending an interview.
  • Are interested in final fieldwork rotations in the last year of an occupational therapy program.
  • Attend schools with an active OHSU contract; check with your ACCE/DCE.

The process:

  • Applicants will be contacted to set up a 30-minute phone interview.
  • After all interviews, students will be notified of acceptance within two weeks. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.

Apply for a residency

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Mission: We provide advanced post-professional clinical training for orthopaedic physical therapists. We emphasize evidence-based, progressive and comprehensive clinical practice.

We achieve this through:

  • Collaboration with colleagues.
  • Participation in research to advance clinical practice and to improve outcomes.
  • Education for ourselves and future professionals.
  • High-quality services to improve the health and wellness of our community.

Residents will graduate with the skills, passion and knowledge to become leaders, clinical experts and practitioners of choice in orthopaedic physical therapy. 

ABPTRFE Accredited Program

Accreditation: OHSU is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopaedics.

  • Support the mission and vision of OHSU and Rehabilitation Services by contributing to the professional advancement of future leaders in physical therapy who provide ethical, evidence-based and high-quality patient care.
  • Receive and sustain American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education credentialed status.
  • Provide enough clinical and didactic learning experiences to prepare the resident for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties exam and to become an orthopaedic clinical specialist.
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  • Create a comprehensive orthopaedic curriculum that incorporates the Description of Specialty Practice, unique offerings and collaborative relationships across disciplines at OHSU and in the community.
  • Provide advanced clinical training in a hospital-based outpatient physical therapy setting through mentorship by clinical faculty and staff while ensuring exposure to a diverse patient population.
  • Provide resident and faculty teaching opportunities through collaboration with the George Fox University and Pacific University physical therapy programs, and within the OHSU Rehabilitation Department.

Our program offers one year of advanced post-professional training focused on outpatient orthopaedic physical therapy care. Resident training includes:

  • Clinical excellence through advanced mentoring with highly qualified clinical experts and OCS-certified (orthopaedic clinical specialist) clinicians.
  • Teaching and research via arrangements with doctoral physical therapy programs at Pacific University and George Fox University.
  • Community participation at events in collaboration with the OHSU sports medicine and orthopaedics departments.

Average hours per week:

  • Clinical mentoring: six hours
  • Didactic hours: three hours
  • Independent patient care: 30 hours

Mentoring:

  • The residency director mentors residents throughout the year. The focus is on advanced clinical reasoning, motivational interviewing, therapeutic alliance and shared goal setting.
  • Clinical staff members mentor residents during two- to six-week intervals focusing on clinical specialty areas. Content is closely aligned with the Current Concepts monographs that guide preparation for the OCS examination. 

Application and Interview Timeline for the August 2023 start date: 

  • Application Opens: October 1, 2022
  • Application Due: January 7, 2023
  • Strong applicants will undergo a phone interview in mid to late-January.  Then, based on the phone interview and the written application, the top applicants will be offered a formal interview in early March 2023.  

Applicants must:

  • Have proof of Oregon state physical therapy licensure, in good standing. Applicants with temporary licensure may apply but must be fully licensed before the August start date.
  • Meet all requirements outlined in the job description.
  • Complete all residency application requirements, both through RF-PTCAS portal and OHSU residency program application requirements.
  • In addition to the PTCAS, applicants must apply to the OHSU physical therapy resident position through our jobs portal.

We look for candidates who:

  • Are motivated, self-directed, professional and eager to advance their clinical practice.
  • Show initiative, strong communication skills and a vision for leadership in the profession.
  • Can juggle multiple demands on their time.
  • Can frequently reflect on their performance.
  • Have letters of recommendation and a letter of intent.

The orthopedic physical therapy program has a 100% graduation rate and 100% pass rate of the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Exam.

Program contact:

Keegan Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, OCS
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Director
fitzgerk@ohsu.edu
503-494-3151

Pursue a doctorate in physical therapy

OHSU and the Oregon Institute of Technology are creating a joint Doctor of Physical Therapy Education Program.  

The program, based in Klamath Falls, will provide a comprehensive entry-level and post-baccalaureate DPT education. It will prepare high-quality graduates to become practitioners of choice and leaders in physical therapy, with an emphasis in rural physical therapy care.

The program, set to begin in summer 2023, will ensure that graduates develop competence in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with health or medical conditions that may affect movement and mobility.

Clinical faculty from OHSU, Oregon’s only public academic medical center, will share expertise in  acute and outpatient care from OHSU Hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and OHSU clinics. To prepare students for the range and complexities of rural practice, they will provide instruction virtually as well as through direct experience in clinical rotations.  

Learn about admission requirements, curriculum and more.

For patients

Call 503-494-3151 to:

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  • Ask questions

Locations

Center for Health & Healing Building 1, first floor
3303 S. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
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Center for Women’s Health
Kohler Pavilion, seventh floor
800 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97329
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OHSU in Beaverton
Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
15700 S.W. Greystone Court
Beaverton, OR 97006
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