Why a Fellowship?
Fellowship training programs are designed for clinicians furthering their study in a subspecialty area of practice. We welcome fellows-in-training into a community of learning to strengthen their technical expertise, as well as grow into a leader in the profession.
Our Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowships are evidence-driven, helping to reduce unwarranted practice variation and rely on a culture of outcomes assessment and professional dedication to improving clinical excellence. Our graduates are highly respected for their clinical expertise, efficiency in practice, and ability to model advanced clinical practice and leadership for developing clinicians.
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship, previously named the Kaiser Hayward Fellowship, offers one of the top physical therapy manual therapy fellowships in the country. Our program was the first in the nation and is widely recognized as a leader in the field. Fellows-in-training learn efficient, advanced examination and management approaches through comprehensive online coursework, individualized one-on-one mentoring, and lab sessions.
This program is for PTs who want to:
- Diagnose and manage complex, multifactorial patients.
- Incorporate effective teaching and consulting skills into your practice.
- Attain the high-level clinical and leadership skills necessary to lead the profession into the future as clinical specialists, faculty and/or consultants in clinical and academic settings.
- Become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
The hallmark of the Kaiser experience is the opportunity to be mentored one-on-one by some of the most talented and experienced fellowship faculty in the country. These clinicians work side-by-side with you throughout the program to apply a systematic approach to differential diagnosis, intervention, and management skills. Receive mentoring at Kaiser Rehab Centers throughout Northern California or have one of our expert faculty mentor you at your current worksite.
The program is 18 months in length (beginning in September each year), with nine to 12 hours of online learning each week, a full 40 hour work week with patient care (either as a Kaiser employee or continuing your current employment), over 40 in-person weekend lab sessions and 150 hours of one-on-one mentoring. Graduates of our accredited program become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).
The program consists of two phases, for a total of 18 months. While Phase 1 and Phase 2 need not be taken consecutively, the maximum time allowed to complete the program is 36 months, including leaves of absence, breaks, and any retests or remediation.
- Six months long, running September through April
- Topics: introduction to advanced manual therapy practice, lumbar spine, cervical spine, shoulder complex, thoracic spine, knee and upper cervical.
- Other learning activities: PT Grand Rounds, in-person events and lab intensives and retrospective assignments
- 40 one-on-one mentoring hours from January through April
- Continue on to Phase 2 in May
- Twelve months long, running May to May
- Topics: hip and pelvice girdle, applied clinical reasoning, soft tissue management, ankle/foot, thoracic outlet syndrome, elbow, wrist, hand, advanced OMPT review, revisiting SINSS, neurodynamic variations, research stats, qualitative research, advanced spinal OMPT, advanced communications, MDT, combined movements and headaches, pain sciences, movement sciences, TMD, ergonomics, advanced shoulder, OMPT special topics, and primary care principles
- Other learning activities: in-person events and lab intensives, PT Grand Rounds, retrospective assignment and observations.
- 110 one-on-one mentoring hours from November through May
Our program is grounded in clinical reasoning, primarily derived from an Australian/Maitland approach, combined with a variety of evidence-driven theories and techniques to provide a robust, eclectic training experience for individuals seeking excellence in manual therapy. The curriculum is based on the AAOMPT Description of Advanced Specialty Practice document. Click to view the Fellowship Curricular Sequence.
In addition to advanced clinical reasoning and developing outstanding manual therapy psychomotor skills, we also believe that individuals undergoing fellowship training should be poised to become contributing leaders to the profession. Fellows-in-training have the opportunity to teach, are introduced to different leadership roles, and learn how to be reflective practitioners.
- Licensed, or eligible to be licensed, in California
- Minimum of two years of clinical outpatient experience (with one year in orthopaedics)
- Orthopedic Specialist Certification (OCS) by ABPTS AND/OR completed an APTA-approved Residency in Orthopedics or related specialty area
- Demonstrate competency in musculoskeletal practice
- Tuition: $6,200
Many of our learners find creative ways working both inside Kaiser Permanente and in the community to make a living while completing our program. The process of selecting and establishing employment for the Fellowship should happen in coordination with the Program Director, so communication during all phases is critical.There are three primary options for employment while participating in the Fellowship:
1) Obtain employment with Kaiser Permanente on your own. There are many jobs available within Northern California Rehab Services. You can find positions at http://www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org/jobs.aspx. These are regular employment positions independent from the Fellowship. Employees of Kaiser Permanente can leverage generous continuing education benefits to help fund their course of study. Contact the program director for more information.
2) Obtain employment anywhere within our serviceable geographic range at any orthopaedic PT clinic and and we can send faculty to your clinic for mentoring. The clinic would need to agree to support your learning path, our faculty in their clinic, and establish a Facility Agreement with Kaiser Permanente prior to the start of your Fellowship.
3) Obtain a direct hire position with our Fellowship department for 16 hours weekly at $35.50/hr for phase 1, and $37 for phase 2. Fellows-in-Training who choose this option usually combine this with other employment. There are a limited number of positions available. Individuals who are offered this option are placed in one of our training hubs throughout Northern California.
Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship
Kaiser Permanente Northern California offers a unique, full-time physical therapy fellowship program in orthopaedic manual therapy and musculoskeletal primary care. The program is located at the Vallejo Medical Center, home to the internationally renowned training program in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. The curriculum and clinical training experiences are designed to integrate advanced physical therapy practice skills with an in depth knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders, non-musculoskeletal disorders, and medical screening strategies. These advanced clinical skills enable program graduates to competently and confidently care for patients with musculoskeletal problems in diverse practice settings, including outpatient orthopaedics, primary care, military medicine and other direct access practice venues.