First Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Graduates Become Board Certified

The first graduates of the Department of Physical Therapy’s new postgraduate orthopedic residency program have passed the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) examination for certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

The two graduates are Richard Mancini, M.S.P.T., Manager and Instructor at the department’s Plantation Clinic, and Kevin Mills, D.P.T., who is an adjunct faculty member.

Their success is the culmination of several years spent developing the program and obtaining its accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. A second class is currently in progress, and the third class has been accepted to the one-year program, with additional residency specialties being considered for future development.

“We are very proud of our board certified specialists,” said Teresa K. Glynn, D.P.T., M.B.A., Vice Chair for Clinical Services. “This program is an important step in our plan to build a department of clinicians offering the highest level of service and professionalism anywhere in the Southeast. It is intended for both newly graduated physical therapists, and those who already have experience and want additional education and training in orthopedics. The department currently has a partnered residency program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and a geriatric program at St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital, but orthopedics is our first home-grown program where our own faculty have designed the curriculum and serve as mentors for our own clinicians.”

The program combines three threads — manual therapy, pain science and primary care. Residents spend four days treating patients and a fifth day in classroom study and mentorship, in addition to completing writing and research assignments.

Glynn gives credit for development of the orthopedic residency to faculty members Marlon Wong, D.P.T., and Marlon Pereira, D.P.T., who, she said, “built the program from scratch,” and James G. Moore, Ph.D., Director of Residency Programs.

“When UM first purchased the hospital, we provided mostly inpatient services,” said Glynn. “But over the past seven years we have grown substantially, and we now have five outpatient satellites in addition to the inpatient/outpatient hub at UMH. We see about 300 patients a day across all locations, with approximately 84,000 visits delivered in total during the last fiscal year. Our physical therapists see all types of patients — those with pelvic pain, cancer, dizziness, ALS, Parkinson’s and a whole range of functional movement disorders.”

The increasingly sophisticated nature of physical therapy demands higher levels of education and training than ever before.

“The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is now the entry level,” said Glynn. “The orthopedic residency adds another tier of expertise in a focused area of practice. Other areas we are exploring for residencies are sports medicine, cardiopulmonary and neurology.”

The department boasts of two additional successful specialist certifications. Michael Mirando, D.P.T., Manager at the department’s Marlins Park clinic, also passed the OCS examination, and Georgiana Martinez, D.P.T., a physical therapist at University of Miami Hospital, earned her cardiopulmonary certification.

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