Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is May 1, 2015.
What is the length of the residency program?
The program begins in September 2015 and ends in August of 2016.
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
Do I need to be currently licensed in the state of California?
Yes. All program residents must have a California state physical
therapy license prior to commencement of the residency program in September.
When will I be notified of my acceptance into the Stanford Orthopedic Residency Program?
Notification will be sent by email on July 1, 2015.
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.
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 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.
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
What is the ratio of student-to-faculty mentorship?
We have a very dynamic residency mentorship model and schedule. Our
program uses multiple mentors over the course of the year, in addition
to a core primary mentor. You rotate every two months with content
specific mentors in a 1-to-1 ratio in a specialty content area of
clinical practice. Every 6 months you will change your primary mentor.
This ensures a diversified educational experience.
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.