Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

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Cambridge Building
7 Cambridge Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Program Director

Victor Vaughan
Tel: 203-396-8181

‌The Sacred Heart University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is a post-professional didactic and mentored clinical educational experience designed to facilitate the acquisition and development of advanced clinical skills and fundamental clinical teaching methods and scholarship; and prepare specialists in orthopaedic physical therapy who demonstrate self-directedness, life-long learning, an understanding of self in the context of professional role, advanced skills in evidence-based orthopaedic clinical physical therapy practice, a commitment to the application of professional skills, knowledge of self in service to others, and a commitment to lead and affect positive change within orthopaedic physical therapy and the larger physical therapy community.

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Program Goals
The goals of the Sacred Heart University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program are to:
  • Support the mission of Sacred Heart University, the College of Health Professions, and the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
  • Attract and recruit qualified candidates to the Residency Program who possess a commitment to advancing orthopaedic clinical skills, developing fundamental skills as a clinical educator, actively participating leading in professional activities, and developing fundamental skills as a clinical scholar
  • Effectively evaluate and select the most qualified candidates for the Residency Program using a transparent and systematic admission process
  • Prepare graduates to meet the requirements for Specialist Certification in Orthopaedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
  • Facilitate the development of residents as clinical educators who demonstrate a commitment to learning and scholarship and model it to students and professional colleagues
  • Provide learning environments characterized by the integration of the evidence-based advanced clinical practice delivered in our university-based clinical practice and affiliates with the various learning tools and opportunities (laboratory, classroom, and/or on-line) available through our Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
  • Provide a curriculum that will address all areas of the Orthopaedic Description of Specialty Practice through didactic education and clinical experience, prepare the Resident to practice independently and confidently in the specialty of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and meet and maintain the requirements for credentialing by the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Provide clinical faculty who are Licensed Physical Therapists, Board Certified Specialists in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and Active in post-professional and/or entry-level Physical Therapy education
  • Provide clinical faculty who will supervise, instruct, and mentor Residents in clinical care, clinical education, classroom instruction, and clinical scholarship

Graduates will:

  • Pass the ABPTS Certification Examination as Orthopaedic Specialist
  • Become, and remain, active in educational activities in the clinical setting (i.e., as Clinical Instructors)
  • Become, and remain, active in educational activities in continuing education domain as:  course developers, course instructors, laboratory assistants
  • Remain involved in Residency Educational activities, such as:  Teaching Assistants for on-line Residency Courses, Laboratory Assistants for on-site Weekend Workshops, Clinical Mentors/Instructors for Residents
  • Become, and remain, professionally active in the following organizations:  American Physical Therapy Association (including Orthopaedic Section) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
  • Become, and remain, professionally active at the practice, local, state, regional, national, and international levels
  • Contribute to the profession of physical therapy via clinical practice, classroom/on-line clinical instruction, clinical scholarship, professional leadership, and professional service
  • Pursue life-long learning, such as additional degrees, additional certifications, Specialty Certification, and Fellowship Training

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