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. Accredited Program Logo FINALFellows-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 campuses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area or have one of our expert faculty mentor you at your current worksite.

Course Schedule

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 resident or continuing your current employment), over 40 in-person weekend lab sessions, a scholarly project and 130 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 include foundations of clinical reasoning, applied evidence-based practice, management of the spine, knee, and shoulder, and grand rounds
  • 44 one-on-one mentoring hours from January through April
  • Continue on to Phase 2 in May

Fellowship Phase 1 Calendar


  • Twelve months long, running May to May
  • Topics include streamlining patient management, neurodynamic assessment and treatment, advanced pain science, advanced management of the remaining body regions, advanced communications, teaching labs, facilitating Grand Rounds, and a scholarly project
  • 110 one-on-one mentoring hours from November through May

Fellowship Phase 2 Calendar

Course Content

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
  • Successful completion of an orthopaedic physical therapy residency is recommended, but not required
  • Minimum of two years of physical therapy practice, preferably in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy setting
  • Demonstrate competency in musculoskeletal practice

Tuition & Employment

  • Tuition: $6,200
  • Employment: 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.

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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.

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