A clinical fellowship program in physical therapy is a postprofessional planned learning experience in a focused advanced area of clinical practice. Similar to the medical model, a clinical fellowship is a structured educational experience (both didactic and clinical) for physical therapists which combines opportunities for ongoing clinical mentoring with a theoretical basis for advanced practice and scientific inquiry in a defined area of subspecialization beyond that of a defined specialty area of clinical practice. A fellowship candidate has either completed a residency program in a related specialty area, is a board-certified specialist in the related area of specialty, or has demonstrable clinical skills within a particular specialty area. Fellowship training is not appropriate for new physical therapy graduates.
If the curriculum of the fellowship program is in a portion of an area where ABPTS specialist certification exists, the curriculum must reflect the current ABPTS Descriptions of Specialty Practice (DSP) and also extend beyond the DSP in its scope. That is, the program may establish the fellowship curriculum, including didactic content, competency expectations, and description of patients seen through one of the following two methods:
Programs in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) must meet the following additional requirements:
Last Updated: 7/8/2014