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School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

Orthopaedic Therapy Residency

Orthopaedic Therapy Residency Program

The Mission of the USF Health School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences’ (SPT&RS) Orthopaedic Residency Program is to develop reflective, evidenced-based practitioners who are patient-centered, collaborative, interprofessional, caring, ethical, and are able to link movement to patient function.

The following program highlights set our residency program apart from others:

  • Self-directed learning, using the APTA Orthopaedic Section’s Residency Curriculum in addition to weekly seminars regarding the current evidence in each of the anatomic regions.
  • Advanced knowledge acquisition in the areas of professionalism, ethics and value-based care, leadership, and motor control and motor learning.
  • Engagement in community service as a preceptor in the student-run pro bono BRIDGE Clinic twice a month.
  • Participation in academic teaching of the SPT&RS’ Doctor of Physical Therapy students.
  • Development of a case report to add to the body of physical therapy knowledge.

Program Outcomes:

Completion (Graduation) rate (2016 – 2021, n = 8): 100% 

Retention rate (2016-2021, n=8): 100%

ABPTS Orthopaedic Specialty Exam pass rate (2016 -2020, n = 7): 100%  

Poster Presentations: ·       

  • Webb D, Klein AB, Haladay D:  The Interpretation of the Oswestry Disability Index Score in a Patient with Chronic Low Back Pain, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA, February 2016  
  • Garreth M, Klein, AB, Lazinski ME, Vecchiarelli CS: Rehabilitation of Failed Forefoot Surgery in an Adolescent Female. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Orlando, FL February 2021
  • Liebert A, Klein, AB, Stagliano A: Combined Approach to Treating a Patient with Post-Concussion Syndrome and Whiplash Associated Disorder.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Orlando, FL February 2021  

Publications:      

  • Bland L, Lazinski M, Klein AB, Haladay D: An Extension Based Treatment Approach for a Patient with a Hip Arthrodesis and Radiating Low Back Pain – A Case Study. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 31(4): 224-229, October 2019
  • Garreth M, Klein A, Vecchiarelli C, Lazinski M: Rehabilitation of Failed Forefoot Surgery in Adolescent Female. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 33(3):185-190, 2021 
  • Liebert A, Stagliano A, Klein AB:  Combined Approach to Treating a Patient with Post-Concussion Syndrome and Whiplash Associated Disorder Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 34(2): 89 - 94, 2022. 
  • Schlais C, Lazinski M, Klein AB: Short-term Management Following a BioCartilage Allograft of the Talar Dome: A Case Report Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 31(4): 219-223, October 2019        
  • Webb D, Swisher LL, Haladay D: Interpreting Modified Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire in a Patient with Chronic Low Back Pain. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 31(4): 230-232, October 2019

Accreditation

The Orthopaedic Residency at the University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences (SPT&RS) is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

ABPTRFE Accredited Program
ABPTRFE Financial Fact Sheet 2023-2024

Current Residents:

Alex Adler, PT, DPT 

Steven Thompson, PT, DPT

David Watson, PT, DPT