Do you accept new graduates into your fellowship program?
No, accredited fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy programs do not admit new graduates into these programs.
Do you require any specific continuing education coursework or other clinical experiences in order to apply?
Candidates are required to have completed an orthopaedic residency program and/or have obtained ABPTS board certification as an orthopaedic clinical specialist.
Are international physical therapists eligible to apply to your program?
Candidates must have or be eligible for a PT license in the state in which they will be practicing (North Carolina) and meet the additional requirements listed above.
How long is your program? When does the program start?
The fellowship is approximately 12 months in duration. The clinical training begins in August and finishes in August of the following year. Our didactic training typically begins August 1 of each year in the form of an in-person didactic orientation session. Fellows are expected to move to the Durham area prior to the start of the clinical training on August 1 to participate in the fellowship.
Is the program full time? What is the typical time requirement for fellows?
Yes, the program is fulltime. There is no part-time option. In a typical week, fellows participate in clinical practice/clinical training approximately 32 hours per week. In addition, fellows participate in didactic training, teaching and scholarship over the course of the year.
Can you describe the nature of the didactic training/coursework requirements?
Didactic training sessions vary based on the content and mentor leading the section. Didactic sessions regularly include lecture presentations, article review, case presentations and manual skills training.
How much mentoring does each fellow receive during the clinical training?
Fellows receive at least 8 hours every 2 weeks of direct 1:1 mentoring by experienced clinical faculty mentors who have fellowship status in the AAOMPT. Dr. Mike Reiman is the dedicated clinical mentor completing the weekly mentor sessions. Additionally, you will have orthopedic mentors for pain, spine and peripheral joints.
Can I apply after the application deadline?
No, we do not review applications received after the deadline.
Do you offer a degree as part of the fellowship?
Fellows do not receive a degree upon completion of the fellowship program.
Will I be able to apply for fellowship status after completing the program?
Yes, all fellows who complete the program will meet all requirements to obtain fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.