MVP Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship
    Program Description:
    MVP Manual Therapy Fellowship is a 50-week subspecialty program in manual therapy within the orthopaedic and sports physical therapy practice settings. The fellowship program is designed to provide physical therapists with advanced training in clinical reasoning, advanced movement analysis, examination, and treatment for orthopaedic and sport/athletic patients.

    The clinical and didactic education corresponds with the requirements set forth by AAOMPT and includes: (1) 37 hours/week of unsupervised patient care, (2) 3 hours/week of one-to-one clinical mentoring with an FAAOMPT faculty mentor (3) 273 total hours of clinical instructor interaction (4) 160 hours of laboratory instruction (5) 95 hours of online courses through Medbridge Education (6) 105 hours of independent study reading and (7) 6 hours of online courses through APTA Learning Center.

    Another component of this fellowship program is mentorship training to develop graduates with the ability to train others at a post-professional residency and fellowship level. Curricular items within this category includes (1) completion of the APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Program (2) be lead instructor in one extremity-based and one spine-based residency class (3) complete three orthopaedic residency live patient examinations and (4) assist in orthopaedic residency mentoring in the last three months of the fellowship program.

    Program Start & End Dates:
    August 1st - July 31st

    Program Requirements:
    The fellowship program admission team requires that all applicants either complete an ABPTRFE-accredited orthopaedic (or sport) residency program or be board-certified in orthopaedic (OCS) or sport (SCS) physical therapy. Additional admission requirements include (1) holding a valid Washington state physical therapy license before the program start date of August 1st , (2) show proof of APTA Orthopaedic Section active membership to obtain independent study courses and (3) have completed five essay questions.

    Application Process:
    All applicants must submit an application through RF-PTCAS. The fellowship application review team will review all applications and conduct a fellowship program interview either in person or over phone depending on the location of the applicant within 2 weeks of receiving a completed application. Information from the application and interview will be submitted to MVP Physical Therapy's Director of Human Resources where a second interview will be conducted for employment within MVP Physical Therapy.

    Program Admission
    MVP Physical Therapy accepts applications throughout the year. An applicant can be accepted at any time during the year depending on clinic staffing needs and can work as a staff physical therapist until the next program start date.

    Clinic Locations:
    Clinic location for fellows-in-training varies each year.

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Program Contact Information
Program Type Fellowship
Program Status Accreditation Withdrawn
Specialty/Subspecialty Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
Program Directors Name Samantha Gubka, PT, DPT
Address Line 1 7308 Bridgeport Way West, Suite 103
Address Line 2
City, State Zip Lakewood, Washington 98499
Phone 253/582-8142
Fax 253/582-8160
Application Details
Application Deadline 1 07/01/2015
Admission Decision Date 1 Rolling
Program Start Date 1 08/01/2015
Interview Required Yes
Important Dates Interview will be scheduled within a few weeks after receiving an application. Admission into program is based on clinic availability, application and interview.
Program Prerequisites
Courses Not Applicable
Certifications Not Applicable
Experience Successful completion of an APTA-credentialed orthopedic or sport residency program and/or Clinical Specialist in either Orthopaedic or Sport Physical Therapy (OCS or SCS)
Link to program’s prerequisite instructions Not Applicable
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental application fee required Not Applicable
Supplemental application fee amount Not Applicable
Link to supplemental forms or instructions Not Applicable
Essay Questions
Are you an active member of the APTA's Orthopaedic Section?
Why are you interested in a manual therapy fellowship program?
What are your short-term goals that you would hope to accomplish by completing a manual therapy fellowship program?
What are your long-term career goals in the subspecialized area of orthopaedic manual therapy?
How would you incorporate independent learning into your weekly schedule along with a full work-schedule?
What characteristics do you look for in a mentor?
Program requires a reference from the following individuals
    Not Applicable
Program Details
Multi-site program Yes
Part-time versus Full-time Full Time
      Tuition $3,600.00
      Salary Yes
      Salary Type Annually
      Benefits Full-Time Employee
      Other Benefits $2,500 continuing education benefit - covers 70% of program tuition. Remaining cost for tuition (approx $1,100) is deducted from salary. Fellow-in-training's salary is 98% to that of a full-time PT within the company.
      Ability to earn higher degree No
      Higher degree available graduates can apply to AAOMPT to become a fellow
      Program Length (in months) 12
      Anticipant number of clinical hours per week 40
      Maximum Number of Positions 2