Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Accredited by the American Physical Therapy AssociationOregon Health & Science University is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in Orthopaedics.


Our mission is to provide advanced post-professional clinical training for orthopaedic physical therapists, with an emphasis on evidence-based, progressive, and comprehensive clinical practice. We will achieve this through collaboration with our professional colleagues, participation in research to advance clinical practice and improve outcomes, education for ourselves and future professionals, and provision of high-quality services to improve the health and wellness of our community at large. Upon graduation, our residents will have the skills, passion, and knowledge to become leaders, clinical experts, and practitioners of choice in orthopaedic physical therapy.

Program goals

  1. 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.
  2. Receive and sustain ABPTRFE Residency Program Credentialed status.
  3. Provide sufficient clinical and didactic learning experiences to prepare the resident for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) examination and become an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.
  4. Create a comprehensive orthopaedic learning curriculum that incorporates the Description of Specialty Practice, unique programmatic offerings, and collaborative relationships across disciplines at OHSU and in the community.
  5. Provide advanced clinical training in a hospital-based outpatient physical therapy setting through mentorship from clinical faculty and staff, while ensuring exposure to a diverse patient population.
  6. Provide resident and faculty teaching opportunities through collaboration with George Fox University and Pacific University DPT programs, and within OHSU Rehabilitation Department.
  7. Provide research opportunities in conjunction with orthopaedic physicians and DPT programs, focused on advancing clinical practice and improving treatment outcomes through evidence-based practice.
  8. Provide opportunities for service to our community at large, including Oregon's uninsured and low-income patients.
  9. Create leaders in our profession by providing role models who understand the importance of educating future professionals, our community, and ourselves with an emphasis on life-long learning, clinical excellence, and professional integrity.

Program description

Our program is 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 clinicians.
  • Teaching and research via arrangements with Doctoral Physical Therapy programs at Pacific University and George Fox University.
  • Community participation at various events in collaboration with OHSU Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Departments.

Admissions criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Proof of Oregon state physical therapy licensure, in good standing. Applicants operating under a temporary licensure may apply for the program, but need to be fully licensed practitioners prior to the start date.
  • Meet all requirements outlined on the Resident job description.
  • Applicants must complete all residency application requirements, both through RF-PTCAS portal and OHSU residency program application requirements.

Program contact

Keegan Fitzgerald, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S.
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Director