The program begins in September 2017 and ends in August of 2018.
How many residents will be accepted into the Orthopedic Residency Program?
A minimum of two students and maximum of four students are accepted
to the program each year.
Does the program prepare me to take the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam after I graduate?
Yes, our curriculum is structured around the Description of Specialty
Practice in Orthopaedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
What level of experience should I have before applying to the Orthopedic Residency Program?
There is no minimum experience requirement to apply to the program.
We will address the needs of each resident individually, but do
encourage a strong background in basic Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.
See the application
I understand that two letters of recommendation are needed. From whom do you require them to be from?
We do not have a requirement with whom the letters come from. So it
should be from people who can best attest to you as a person and make
a great case for why you are the best applicant for this position.
Do I need to be currently licensed in the state of California?
Yes. All program residents must have evidence of passed Licensure
Exam and CA State Law Exam. Will work as PTLA status if actual license
not yet recieved by Board of CA by start date.
When will I be notified of my acceptance into the Stanford Orthopedic Residency Program?
Notification will be sent by email on or before July 14, 2017.
What is the cost of the Orthopaedic Clinical Residency Program?
There is a $2,500 cost for lab fees. Each resident is responsible for
textbooks, lab coat, and incidental expenses. Residents must plan for
living expenses and transportation to clinical and educational sites.
Although not guaranteed, this fee has been waived in previous years
through teaching opportunities within the Stanford Medical School.
Is an interview required as part of the application process?
Yes, once you apply you will be contacted to schedule a time for a
phone interview. A second in-person interview may be required.
Can I interview at Combined Sections Meeting?
Our interview process is very extensive. We have multiple staff who
will be part of the interview process as well as facility and clinic
tour. As such we cannot adequately provide interviews at this time
during national conferences.
Can I tour the facility?
It is our policy not to allow potential residents to have a preview
other than previous patient experiences, clinical rotations, and/or
other clinical or academic related reasons prior to the interview.
This would be unfair to potential applicants who reside outside of
this geographic region. We do perform a full tour of the facility and
leave ample time for questions during the interview process.
How big is Stanford's facility?
Our outpatient Ortho Sports clinic is housed in a 12,000 Square foot
facility. See link for more details on advanced equiptment:
Do I have to apply through Stanford's website, as well as through RF-PTCAS?
Yes, you need to apply to RF-PTCAS and Stanford's
Do you utilize RF-PTCAS and is there and application fee?
Yes, all program must utilize RF-PTCAS. The application fee is a
general fee to apply to any residency program. We do not charge and
extra fee in addition to RF-PTCAS.
How is the mentor/resident relationship set up?
We have a very dynamic residency mentor relationship schedule. Our
program utilizes multiple mentors over the course of the year. You
rotate every three months with content specific mentors 1 to 1
(Specialty area of clinical practice) and every 6 months with your
primary mentor 1 to 1. The content mentor treats with you one on one
in the clinic for 4-5 hours per week. You also meet with your primary
mentor for 1 hour per week to discuss program related issues, clinical
questions or any related agenda items as decided by you and your
primary mentor. It really is a comprehensive model.
What is the difference between a primary mentor and a content mentor?
The content mentor treats with you 1-to-1 in the clinic for 4-5 hours
per week in 2 month blocks throughout the program. You also meet with
your primary mentor for 1 hour per week to discuss program-related
issues, clinical questions, techniques or any related agenda items, as
decided by you and your primary mentor. It really is a comprehensive model.
Are there multiple clinical sites?
You will be providing treatment at the Redwood City outpatient campus
only. There is some travel for anatomy lab, sports medicine
experiences, grand rounds, and physician rounding, which may be
located off campus. However, the vast majority of those activities
also occur in house at the Redwood City campus.