• The program conducts ongoing evaluation of the program goals, faculty, curriculum, and participants. The evaluation process is planned, organized, scheduled, and documented to assure ongoing quality of postprofessional specialty and subspecialty education.

    The performance of the program participant is evaluated initially, on an ongoing basis, and at the conclusion of the program. Data collected on the evaluation of a program participant are used to further focus the resident's or fellow-in-training's learning and instruction, as well as to confirm achievement of the residency or fellowship performance outcomes. Data are also collected on the postgraduation performance of the residents or fellow as a whole, in order to evaluate the program and revise the curriculum.

    At a minimum, residents and fellows-in-training must have:

    • 1 written examination and
    • 2 live patient/client practical examinations over the course of the curriculum.

    Nonclinical programs must include a minimum of

    • 1 written examination and
    • 2 assessments over the course of the curriculum.

    Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Programs

    Orthopedic manual therapy fellowship programs have additional requirements to meet, that include a minimum of:

    • Four technique examinations on models and/or patients/clients with a minimum of one technique demonstrated during each exam.
    • One patient exam with a spinal/axial focus. (Ideally one evaluation and two follow-ups). The fellow-in-training is required to demonstrate skill in application of low velocity and high velocity manipulative (thrust) techniques. Practicum and oral discussion are part of this exam.
    • One patient exam with a peripheral/appendicular focus (Ideally one evaluation and two follow-ups). The fellow-in-training is required to demonstrate skill in application of low velocity and high velocity manipulative (thrust) techniques. Practicum and oral discussion are part of this exam.
    • Oral defense: the fellow-in-training should be able to orally defend the examination and treatment decisions following each patient examination.

    Sports Physical Therapy Residency Programs

    Sports physical therapy residency program have additional requirements to meet, that include a minimum of:

    • Four technique examinations on such topics as rehabilitation techniques, advanced evaluation techniques, manual therapy techniques
    • One patient examination in the clinic for each: knee, ankle, spinal/axial, and upper extremity
    • Direct observation of a patient examination on the field for both contact and non-contact sport (the observation of the examination may be administered by a physical therapist, an athletic trainer, or team physician, however the final determination of pass/fail will be made by the physical therapist overseeing the resident's athletic venue experience)
    • One patient examination for preparticipation screen
    • One patient examination for wellness evaluation
    • One patient examination for functional testing for return to sport for each: knee, ankle, spinal/axial, and upper extremity

    Ongoing informal assessments of clinical competence.

  • Last Updated: 3/11/2013
    Contact: resfel@apta.org