Northwestern University & Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Orthopaedic Residency
    The NU-SRAlab Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is a 12-month program designed for physical therapists interested in orthopaedic specialization and training at a nationally top-ranked rehabilitation hospital, academic medical center, and PT school.
    The residency is a partnership between the Dept. of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences (PTHMS) of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Orthopaedic clinical practice and training will occur in the outpatient department of SRAlab, the #1-ranked US rehabilitation hospital since 1991. Residency didactics are at NU-PTHMS, ranked among the top 10 PT schools in the US. Didactic learning includes faculty-led mentoring sessions, laboratory skill sessions, residency journal club, patient case presentations, and teaching as lab instructor in the DPT musculoskeletal course series.

    Medical Campus:
    Located in the heart of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile district--a short walk from Lake Michigan with its 27-mile-long lakefront bike paths and close-by beaches and harbors, the medical campus enjoys all the benefits of this global city and its myriad cultural, sporting and entertainment opportunities.

    SRAlab aims “To Advance Human Ability™” and “is dedicated to providing the highest-quality patient care with the best outcomes through integrated research, scientific discovery and education.”

    Residency Vision:
    In congruence with APTA’s vision to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience, the NU-SRAlab Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency trains future experts in orthopaedics and movement science across the 3 pillars of academic physical therapy: education, practice, and research. By mobilizing the abundant scientific, educational, and healthcare resources of Northwestern Medicine and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the Residency will be a training ground and model for the advanced practice of orthopaedic physical therapy in the 21st century, developing the next generation of regional, national and global leaders in the field.

    Residency Goals:
    Our program will train residents to achieve expertise in:
    • Science-based clinical reasoning that drives effective and efficient orthopaedic physical therapy examination, evaluation, and treatment.
    • Orthopaedic physical therapy education by participating as musculoskeletal teaching assistants for 3 trimesters.
    • Orthopaedic physical therapy research through preparation of a case study or other research for publication.
    • Professional leadership skills related to effective communication, teaching, and professional roles.
Program Contact Information
Program Type Residency
Program Status Accredited
Specialty/Subspecialty Orthopaedics
Program Directors Name Mr Peter J. McMenamin, PT, MS
Address Line 1 Dept of Physical Therapy & Human Movemen
Address Line 2 645 N. Michigan Ave; Suite 1100
City, State Zip Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone 312/503-6377
Fax 312/908-0741
Application Details
Application Deadline 1 01/15/2018
Admission Decision Date 1 03/17/2018
Program Start Date 1 08/20/2018
Interview Required Yes
Important Dates Note: Only the most competitive candidates, based on review of application, will be interviewed. The earlier the applicant applies, the easier it will be to schedule an interview prior to decision deadline.
Program Prerequisites
Courses Not Applicable
Certifications Must be licensed to practice in Illinois by the residency start date.
Experience • Every applicant must have completed at least 12 weeks of orthopaedic physical therapy practice (including student internships) at the time of application, or show evidence that such experience will have been completed prior to the first day of the residency.
Link to program’s prerequisite instructions
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental application fee required Not Applicable
Supplemental application fee amount Not Applicable
Link to supplemental forms or instructions Not Applicable
Essay Questions
Your "Letter of Intent" should be a single document addressing the 4 questions below. The complete letter of intent (including all 4 questions) should be no more than 750 words total in length. Q 1: Please state your current licensure status and professional employment status, including relevant dates.
In a clear narrative statement summarize your prior clinical and educational experiences.
What are your personal goals and objectives for the orthopaedic physical therapy residency?
Please provide a narrative self-assessment of your orthopaedic clinical strengths and weaknesses.
Attach a separate document containing your Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
Program requires a reference from the following individuals
    Three letters of recommendation should be sent via RF-PTCAS. Letters should be from at least two of the following categories:
    • Current or former physical therapist supervisor (or CI, if a recent graduate with less than 6 months experience).
    • Instructor or faculty member from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program, or a mentor from a credentialed orthopaedic physical therapy residency.
    • A physician with whom the applicant has collaborated within the past year in clinical care, research, or physical therapy education.
Program Details
Multi-site program No
Part-time versus Full-time Full Time
      Tuition No
      Salary $41,000.00
      Salary Type Annually
      Benefits Full-Time Employee
      Other Benefits Full online and on-site access to NU Feinberg School of Medicine's Galter Health Sciences Library
      Ability to earn higher degree No
      Higher degree available Not Applicable
      Program Length (in months) 12
      Anticipant number of clinical hours per week 32
      Maximum Number of Positions 2