University of Montana Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

Program Description

The program provides a post-professional clinical residency experience in the specialty area of orthopedic physical therapy. The experience includes clinical practice, clinical mentoring, teaching in the area of orthopedics, and research and scholarly activities. The resident will graduate with advanced clinical practice and teaching skills and will be eligible for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) Examination.

Program Details:
* Resident year is August 1—July 31.
* Resident is a University of Montana employee and receives full benefits per the Montana University System programs.
* Residents complete, on average, 30 hours per week of clinical practice and 10 hours per week of a combination of teaching, physician shadowing, journal clubs, and academic classes.
*The curriculum includes advanced orthopedic coursework in orthopedic manual physical therapy, pharmacology, musculoskeletal imaging, and pain science.
First-time Pass Rate on ABPTS specialty exam in Orthopedics
Examination Year Non-residency Graduates Residency Graduates UM Residency Graduates
2019 81% 89% 100%
2020 67% 86% 100%
2021 - - 100%

For More Information contact:
Jake Mischke, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Orthopedic Residency Director 
Phone: 406-243-2517

The University of Montana Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a postprofessional residency program for physical therapists in Orthopedics.