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Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

University of Miami Orthopaedic Residency Program

Do you want to specialize in orthopaedic physical therapy but don’t know how to start?

The University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy is now offering an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. This one year long program offers physical therapists the ability to gain a variety of structured experiences in the outpatient orthopaedic setting. Residents complete didactic training at the University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy on the Coral Gables campus. Clinical mentoring takes place within our Uhealth facilities and are led by experienced and board certified orthopaedic specialists. There is no tuition and residents earn a salary with benefits. Residency graduates will be qualified to sit for the ABPTS OCS exam.

The application deadline is December 31, 2019 for the 2020-2021 year.
Applications must be submitted through RF-PTCAS at

Residency Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Miami Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to immerse practicing clinicians into advanced orthopaedic didactic and clinical instruction in order to develop clinicians who provide exceptional patient care, promote the core values of the American Physical Therapy Association, and are equipped to be leaders, mentors, and educators for the health care community and public.

University of Miami Orthopaedic Residency Program Goals

This residency program is designed to prepare participants to become skilled primary care orthopaedic clinicians by providing them with education through both academic and clinical experiences.
Residents will function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team to assure integrated care for the patient, and will be able to provide primary care as a point of entry into the healthcare system for clients with orthopaedic musculoskeletal/neuromuscular injury or conditions.
The goals of the residency program are to:

1. Develop clinicians that have advanced orthopaedic proficiency and expertise and that are prepared to pursue American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certification.
2. Promote the advancement of evidence-based practice through engagement in research activities
3. Exemplify the professional core values of the APTA
4. Educate the health care community and public on the physical therapy profession and pertinent health care topics

General Information

Accreditation: The University of Miami Orthopaedic Residency Program received accreditation by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2015. Graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the orthopaedic board certification exam.
Length of Study: 12 months.
Program Entrance Date: Residents enter the program in August and complete all requirements by the end of August the following year.
Tuition: While enrolled as a resident in the UM Orthopaedic Residency Program, there is no fee for tuition.
Salary: Residents will be employed full time by the University of Miami and receive a salary. Salaries are somewhat lower than those for new graduate PT’s. (Residents do not carry a full-time case load in order to allow time for didactic coursework, research, presentations and projects.)
Benefits: Residents are eligible for benefits through University of Miami during participation in the Residency Program. This includes employer supported health and dental insurance, and paid time off (vacation, sick time, and six holidays).
Overview: The program is designed to provide residents with a year-long intensive study of orthopaedic physical therapy, preparing them to sit for (and pass) the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Exam offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Clinical time during the residency, which includes structured one-on-one mentoring, comprises 80-90% of a typical week. The remainder of time is spent completing didactic training, research, projects and presentations related to the overall curriculum of the residency program.

Didactic Curriculum

Residents receive didactic training on numerous topics related to orthopaedic physical therapy, including all of the expected knowledge areas published in the current Description of Specialty Practice for Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Our curriculum is built around 3 threads: pain science, manual therapy, and primary care. The content is taught by expert faculty and clinicians from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and expert clinicians in the community. Learning units are taught weekly throughout the year. Residents also expected to lead and participate in Rounds, Case Presentations, and Journal Clubs.

Learning Unit Topics (sample)

• Practice and Disablement Models
• Interpreting and Using Research in Clinical Practice
• History of Science of Manual Therapy
• Pain Science
• Exercise Physiology
• Medical Screening
• Health Care Ethics and Policy
• Pharmacology
• Radiology
• Lumbar Spine and Pelvis
• Cervical and Thoracic Spine
• Shoulder
• Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
• Hip
• Knee
• Ankle and Foot


Core Faculty:

Marlon Wong PT, DPT, OCS (Program Director)
Marlon Pereira PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, MTC, CSCS (Program Coordinator)
Kevin Mills PT, DPT, CSCS
Richard Mancini PT, MSPT
Alexyz Milian PT, DPT, OCS
Chelsea Miller PT, DPT OCS
Luis A. Feigenbaum, DPT, SCS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Adjunct Faculty:

Lawrence Cahalin PhD, PT, CCS
Meryl Cohen, PT, DPT, CCS
Neva Kirk – Sanchez, PhD, PT
James Moore, PhD, PT, PCS
Michele Raya, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS
Kathy Roach, PT, PhD
Teresa Glynn, PT, DPT
Tristen Asken PT, DPT
Jessica Bolanos PT, DPT
Gregory Goldberger PT, DPT

Contact Information

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department of Physical Therapy
5915 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 5th Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Marlon Wong, PT, DPT, OCS (Program Director)
305-284-4535 Office
305-284-6128 Fax
Learn More About Clinical Residency & Fellowship Credentialing
• American Physical Therapy Association Clinical Residency Information