Why a Residency?

In today’s rapidly evolving and competitive health care landscape, residency training is becoming the new career paradigm for physical therapists. Clinical mastery doesn’t happen through self-study, academic course work, or by reading books alone, it happens when working side by side with experienced clinicians and real patients. Our residents grow from generalists to highly skilled clinicians in specialty practice areas, confident in advanced interventions and clinical reasoning to quickly solve complex patient problems.

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The residency experience combines opportunities for ongoing mentoring and feedback, including patient practical examinations with a foundation in scientific inquiry, evidence-driven practice, and course work designed to provide a theoretical basis for advanced practice. Graduates are prepared to sit for the Specialist Certification Exam.

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Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

About

Do you want to attain the advanced skills, knowledge, and experience to become a primary care provider, clinical specialist, or consultant? Immerse yourself in our stimulating evidence-based learning environment with online clinical coursework, journal clubs, forum discussions, tutorials, and practice labs. This program is geared to help novice practitioners become efficient, skilled clinical veterans and eligible to sit for the Orthopaedic Certified Specialist examination. Accredited Program Logo FINAL

The hallmark of the Kaiser experience is the opportunity to be mentored one-on-one by some of the most talented residency 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.

Program Overview

The Residency starts mid-end of October and is one year in length, with four to six hours of learning each week, a full 40 hour work week with patient care, monthly weekend lab sessions and at least 150 hours of one-on-one mentoring.

 

Program Content

  • Expand and refine your skills in differential diagnosis and management of patients with dysfunctions of the spine (upper cervical, cervical, thoracic, lumbar), shoulder, and knee complexes. Our curriculum is mapped to the APTA’s Orthopaedic Section Description of Specialty Practice and the Core Competencies of a Physical Therapist Resident, ensuring you’ll be well-prepared in all aspects of musculoskeletal care.
  • Advance your level of practice through evidence-driven clinical reasoning.
  • Learn strategies for patient care to integrate components of evidence-based medicine to enhance your climb up the ladder of clinical expertise.
  • Receive tailored instruction with immediate feedback from faculty members.
  • Continue working while advancing in the field through one-on-one clinical mentoring and online clinical coursework.

Program Outcomes

  • Program has a 100% graduation rate
  • Graduates are eligible and are prepared to sit for the ABPTS specialty examination in orthopaedics
  • Our graduates have gone on to assume clinic leadership positions, residency and fellowship faculty, and even leadership positions for professional associations.

Prerequisites

  • Graduate of an accredited PT program
  • Licensed in California prior to the start of the program
  • Reside in the program service area while participating in the residency

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Kaiser Permanente Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

About

Our program is an APTA credentialed program taught by recognized experts and APTA Board Certified specialists in neurologic physical therapy. The program includes advanced training in both adult and pediatric neurologic physical therapy.

  • Acquire advanced clinical skills required to treat and manage patients with complex neurological diagnoses
  • Reach new levels of job satisfaction and leadership in the neurologic physical therapy field
  • Become qualified to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy specialty examination in neurologic physical therapy to become a board-certified clinical specialist
  • Applications are due April 15 and the year-long program begins in August.

Program Content

  • Develop physical therapists that exhibit the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior.
  • Prepare physical therapists to serve as primary health care providers who perform the highest standard of patient/client management.
  • Develop physical therapist that are able to serve the profession and community as leaders, educators, consultants, and mentors.
  • Prepare physical therapists who are able to contribute to the evidence-based practice of physical therapy.
  • Prepare physical therapists to sit for the board certification examination in neurologic physical therapy.
  • Clinical care, mentoring, and program expectations are standardized and consistent across all clinical settings.

Prerequisites

  • Graduate of an accredited PT program
  • Licensed in California prior to the start of the program
  • Reside in the program service area while participating in the residency

Tuition, Stipend and Benefits

The cost of the program is approximately $2,600, including:

There are some additional cost associated with housing and travel to and from Los Angeles as well as different clinical sites in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our residents are Kaiser Permanente employees with benefits that include health, dental and vision coverage, and paid holidays.

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