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The Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program

SUMMARY

The Fellowship program consists of onsite seminars, online didactic course content, and video presentations of examination and treatment techniques. The online and onsite educational modules are designed to guide the therapist through the Fellowship program and meet all the elements of the APTA’s Description of Advanced Specialty Practice (DASP). Clinical mentorship provided by our Clinical Fellowship Instructors rounds out the Fellowship program.

The Fellowship program is designed to allow fellows to maintain full-time employment while completing all Fellowship requirements. Discussion boards and online testing are designed to help prepare the therapist for the onsite courses. The Fellowship didactic coursework is designed to be completed onsite and online through our distance education platform.

 

PROGRAM MISSION

To (1) elevate orthopaedic physical therapists’ knowledge, skills and attributes within the subspecialty field of orthopaedic manual physical therapy through a comprehensive curriculum that is recognized by ABPTRFE and AAOMPT/IFOMPT; (2) utilize strategic initiatives to encourage program growth and continuous improvement; and (3) support and enhance the mission of Physical Therapy First by graduating physical therapists who serve the community as advanced clinical decision makers, diagnosticians, communicators, educators, collaborators, health advocates, scholars, autonomous professionals and healthcare leaders as Fellows of AAOMPT.

PROGRAM COMPONENT TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM
INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS
Classroom Instruction (List all courses)
NAIOMT C-616 Cervical Spine II 41.0 hours [D]
NAIOMT C-616 Cervical Spine II 16.0 hours [LS]
NAIOMT C-611 Lumbopelvic Spine II 41.0 hours [D]
NAIOMT C-611 Lumbopelvic Spine II 16.0 hours [LS]
NAIOMT C-715 Advanced Upper Quadrant Integration 32.0 hours [D]
NAIOMT C-715 Advanced Upper Quadrant Integration 16.0 hours [LS]
NAIOMT C-715 Advanced Upper Quadrant Integration 16.0 hours [LE]
NAIOMT C-705 Advanced Lower Quadrant Integration 32.0 hours [D]
NAIOMT C-705 Advanced Lower Quadrant Integration 16.0 hours [LS]
NAIOMT C-705 Advanced Lower Quadrant Integration 16.0 hours [LE]
Integrated Upper Spinal/Axial Applications Laboratory 15.5 hours [LS]
Integrated Lower Spinal/Axial Applications Laboratory 15.5 hours [LS]
Integrated Upper Peripheral/Appendicular Applications Laboratory 11.5 hours [LE]
Integrated Lower Peripheral/Appendicular Applications Laboratory 11.5 hours [LE]
Pain Science: Dry Needling 1 – Theory Webinar 4.0 hours [D]
Pain Science: Dry Needling 2 – Theory Webinar 4.0 hours [D]
Pain Science: Dry Needling 3 – Theory Webinar 4.0 hours [D]
Research Activities
Capstone Project 75.0 hours
Home or Independent Study Course(s)
Ola Grimsby – Book 01 – Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: Applied Science and Theory 54.4 hours [D]
Ola Grimsby – Book 02 – Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions for Neck and Upper Extremity 33.1 hours [D]
Ola Grimsby – Book 03 – Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions for Back and Lower Extremity 36.5 hours [D]
INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS SUBTOTAL 507 hours
CLINICAL MENTORING
1:1 clinical mentoring/instruction from physical therapist clinical faculty while program participant is treating patients 150 hours
MENTORING HOURS SUBTOTAL
Clinical Practice
Clinical Practice 300 hours
Clinical Practice with Mentor Accessible 400 hours
CLINICAL HOURS SUBTOTAL 700
GRAND TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM 1357
Key: [D] = Didactic, [LS] = Laboratory – spine, [LE] = Laboratory – extremity

Accreditation

Physical Therapy First (PTF) Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship is accredited by the APTA through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), approved by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), in compliance with the standards set nationally and internationally by International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

Physical Therapy First (PTF) Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship is an ABPTRFE-accredited as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. The official commencement of this prestigious accreditation began January 31, 2015 for a period of five (5) years until January 31, 2020 and received reaccreditation for ten (10) years until January 2030.

On January 1, 2020 a newly formed Accreditation Council on Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Education (ACOMPTE) became responsible for setting the standards and formal accreditation of all Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship Programs recognized by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in the United States.

AAOMPT formed ACOMPTE to meet the needs of all OMPT Fellowship programs and to ensure compliance with standards set by AAOMPT and the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

Participant Practice Sites

  • Physical Therapy First – Roland Park, 200 W. Cold Spring Lane, Suite 300 Baltimore MD 21210
  • Physical Therapy First – Clarksville 5005, Signal Bell Lane, Suite 202 Clarksville MD 21029
  • Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Center – Towson, 7402 York Road, Suite 104, Towson, MD 21204
  • Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Center – Owings Mills 9 Park Center Ct. Suite 130 Owings Mills MD 21117
  • Physical Therapy First – Rosedale 9110 Philadelphia Rd, Suite 100 Rosedale MD 21237

Cost

  • $19,500 which includes all courses and materials
  • Duration: 12-36 months
  • Payment installments can be arranged

Email John Baur, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT at baur@physicaltherapyfirst.com to request an application.

PROGRAM FLYER

ABPTRFE Clinical Quality Standard

DPF OMPT 2022

Application

Application Requirements:

  • Current license to practice physical therapy
  • One page letter of intent for application to the Fellowship
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Description of clinical experiences
  • Complete an APTA accredited orthopaedic residency program or OCS certification.
  • Fellowship interview/application review will be conducted by Fellowship Director

Nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion policy:

At Physical Therapy First, and our educational residency and fellowship programs, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all students, residency/fellowship participants, faculty and administrators, employees, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our programs, and worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We’re committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire company and educational program, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

Outcomes (updated January 31, 2024)

Since the program’s commencement, we’ve enrolled 13 fellows-in-training. Of these, four have graduated, two are currently active, and seven have dropped out. Among those who left, four moved out-of-state or to a different area, while three left for personal reasons. Currently, the graduation rate stands at 31%.

DETAILED OUTCOMES

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Roland Park

200 W Cold Spring Ln #300
Baltimore, MD 21210

(410) 662-7977

Clarksville

5005 Signal Bell Ln #202
Clarksville, MD 21029

(410) 531-2150

Hunt Valley

Onelife Fitness
126 Shawan Rd, Suite 300
Cockeysville, MD 21030

(443) 318-4242

Rosedale/White Marsh

9110 Philadelphia Rd #100
Baltimore, MD 21237

(410) 574-4966

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