Residency and fellowship programs build on physical therapists' foundational knowledge and facilitate the development of advanced practitioners with enhanced skills in a defined area of practice. Mentoring develops residents and fellows-in-training who elevate the quality of patient care and enhance the profession. Programs focus on advancing skills and knowledge including educational techniques, research methodology, clinical skills, and administrative practices. The comprehensive curriculum integrates these combined skills and knowledge specific to a defined area of practice that is consistent with the program's mission, goals, and outcomes.
ABPTRFE currently accredits clinical physical therapist residency programs in the following areas:
ABPTRFE currently accredits clinical physical therapist fellowship programs in the following areas:
Description of Residency Practice - When, Why, and How
This presentation reviews the creation of the Description of Residency Practice (DRP) documents published by ABPTRFE in 2017.)
The DFP documents for each area of clinical fellowship practice will be posted here as they are published.
Last Updated: 8/20/2019