Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Receives Accreditation

The University of Miami Orthopedic Residency in Physical Therapy has received prestigious accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

The groundwork for this accreditation process started a few years ago. There was an advanced curriculum to develop, accreditation criteria to be met, students to be vetted and enrolled, and extensive programmatic development to be envisioned. The efforts of the residency faculty and staff paid off, making UM one of only 80 programs in the United States to receive this esteemed accreditation.

Most of that hard work was accomplished by Marlon Wong, D.P.T., the new Orthopedic Residency Director, with assistance and guidance from James Moore, Ph.D., Vice Chair for Residencies in the Department of Physical Therapy, who also oversees physical therapy residency programs in pediatrics and geriatrics.

“It’s a step forward for our department,” said Wong. “We already have a DPT and Ph.D. program, but this residency, and its accreditation, advances our clinical program and department into the domain of ‘cutting edge.’”

According to Teresa Glynn, M.S., P.T., faculty advisory board member and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Physical Therapy, “This is an intense post-licensure specialization that reflects the top-shelf caliber of our current clinical faculty.”

Due to the accreditation, licensed clinicians participating in the one-year, full-time clinical residency will be able to sit for the exam qualifying them to become board certified with a specialization in orthopedics.

“Our primary objective is to continue developing the advanced practice of orthopedic physical therapy,” Wong said, adding that it’s the department’s goal to add residencies in multiple practices of physical therapy.

“We can now proudly say that our patients are getting the best academic physical therapy care in South Florida,” Glynn said. “We are the only institution with accredited residency programs in orthopedics and pediatrics in South Florida. We will be exploring the prospects of additional residencies, hopefully including sports, in the not-too-distant future.”

For more information about the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, click here.

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