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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Eastern Colorado Health Care System encompasses a major referral medical center in Denver, Community Living Centers in Denver and Pueblo, eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics stretching from metropolitan Denver to the southern tier of Colorado, and 1 Telehealth Clinic in Salida, CO. We are one of the largest VA hospitals in the nation and one of the five Polytrauma facilities in the nation.  The medical center is affiliated with the medical, rehabilitation, pharmacy, and nursing schools of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Residency programs are maintained in Internal Medicine and Surgery and their subspecialties, as well as Psychiatry, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Anesthesia, Pathology, Radiology and Dentistry. Our mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

The Eastern Colorado Health Care System Physical Therapy Department is proud to offer an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. This  American Physical Therapy Association accredited residency program is designed to offer the recently licensed, Doctor of Physical Therapy an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in the area of orthopedic specialty practice. This clinical training will help prepare the resident for Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) upon completion of the program.

Residents are employed full-time by the Eastern Colorado Health Care System for the year long program and thus must be U.S. citizens. Clinical training consists of managing a caseload of patients with orthopedic involvement, mentoring sessions with highly experienced clinical staff (2 to 4 hours/week), as well as a didactic curriculum component (avg. 2 to 4 hours/week). Clinical training opportunities exist within Outpatient, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Amputee, Spinal Cord, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain and Acute Care clinics. Residents will also have opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary patient rounds, journal clubs, staff in-service presentations, research projects, mentoring doctoral students, assisting in orthopaedic labs at the University of Colorado, and observing surgeries.