Residency Program/Clinical Education and Internship


Clinical Residency Program

We have added an Orthopedic Residency Program for post-doctoral physical students seeking to specialize and become Board-Certified Clinicians in Orthopedic Physical Therapy or Certified Hand Therapist.


Our Company Mission

To improve the quality of life of our clients through outpatient physical and occupational therapy for orthopedic conditions. We seek to establish ourselves within the community as the ultimate place that patients go to get back to health and back to life. We do this by providing highly effective treatments and education for our patients, creating an enjoyable working environment for both patients and staff, and supporting the advancement of clinical education.


Residency Program Mission

To support the advancement of clinical education by providing opportunities for physical therapists to attain advanced clinical skills and knowledge in orthopedic physical therapy in a private, outpatient setting. Graduates will demonstrate their education through evidence-based treatment, improvement in the quality of life for our patients and community, and preparation for clinical specialist certification in orthopedics.


Residency Program History

Our company founder, Margo Jones Brady, PT, DPT, CHT was one of the first in the state of Utah to pass the national exam to become a Certified Hand Therapist in 1991, leading the way for clinical excellence and mentorship. Her eventual partner, Steve Crandall, PT, DPT, OCS completed the SOMA Residency Program in Orthopedics in Austin, Texas in 1994. He went on to teach for the program from 1995-1996 and has formally mentored a resident through an affiliation with A.T. Still University in Arizona (2015-2016). Todd Schwartz, PT, DPT, OCS completed an informal residency with Dr. Crandall through Hand and Orthopedic from 2009 to 2010. Dr. Schwartz has taken the lead in formalizing the residency process starting with our first official resident as a company in August 2017 and pursuing formal accreditation. 100% of program graduates have passed the OCS examination with one program graduate (as of August 2019).


Curriculum

The program lasts 13 months. The didactic curriculum is provided largely through the completion of the APTA Orthopedic Section residency curriculum (186 contact hours) including quizzes and submission of a written examination to the APTA.

Clinically, the program’s intention is to gradually introduce independence to the resident over the course of the program. The resident is expected to be capable of performing and completing all aspects of patient care at onset of the program. However, in an effort to allow for early 1:1 mentorship, immediate feedback, and the most effective delivery of patient care as the resident is introduced to advanced clinical skills, the resident and mentor share patients for at least the first quarter of the program. As the resident progressively becomes more independent with all aspects of patient care they will transition into their own caseload (independently scheduled) within the 2nd quarter of the program.

There are additional patient and community education tasks to be completed.

All residents accepted into the program must have successfully completed in APTA-accredited professional physical therapy curriculum. Licensure will be verified through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. This license must not be under suspension, revocation, probationary status, or subject to disciplinary proceedings or inquiry. All residents must be active members of the APTA and have current CPR certification.


Application Information

Applications and inquiries to the program may be submitted to todd.s@handandortho.com. Application deadline for the program is the end of February with interviews in early March. The program currently begins in August and lasts for 13 months.


Resources

The program holds itself to standards set forth by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Additional resources for residents, including program Quality Standards, are available at: www.abptrfe.org.


Clinical Education/Internships

Our clinics serve as clinical education sites to many universities and colleges. Our therapists are certified to serve as Clinical Instructors (CI) to students in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy Assistant programs. The CI teaches the student skills in evaluation and diagnosis: interventions through manual skills, therapeutic exercise, modalities, functional training and patient education; practice management; professionalism; communication and collaboration with patients and doctors. Future Students are encouraged to contact Justin Carrier PT, DPT with questions, 801.261.3321.


Paid Experience as a Technician

For more information please contact Annie Jenson 801.261.3321.