Residency Corner: Arcadia University Orthopaedic Residency

The Orthopaedic Residency Program at Arcadia University utilizes a hybrid model of education with both online and onsite components. The mentoring component can be completed at the resident’s place of employment under the guidance of a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist. The didactic component of the program consists of six 2-credit courses, with 4 weekend integrated manual skills laboratory sessions. The manual skills laboratory sessions will occur between 2 to 4 weekends per year The program is one-year in length, with multiple start dates, with graduates achieving a 100% first time pass rate on the OCS exam.


Residency specific questions (from the program coordinator):

What do you look for in a quality candidate for your residency program?

The key important qualities for candidates to bring to the program are the ability to be organized, flexible, and driven to be successful. An obvious passion for orthopaedic physical therapy, good communicator, and a willingness to learn are key.

What makes your residency program unique compared to other programs?

Our University-based program offers a unique model of residency education featuring a hybrid didactic experience, with the ability to have residents complete the program regardless of location.


Recent Arcadia University Orthopaedic Residents

Matthew Betz, PT, DPT, OCS (AU Orthopaedic Resident Graduate 2018)

Dr. Betz graduated from the University of Delaware physical therapy program in 2016 and completed the Arcadia University Orthopaedic Residency with his mentorship and clinical work at a private practice outpatient sports and orthopedic clinic in Burlington, VT.

 

Sarah Glynn, PT, DPT, OCS (AU Orthopaedic Resident Graduate 2017)

Dr. Glynn graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2016. She completed Arcadia’s Orthopedic Residency Program in 2017 at an outpatient private practice in South Jersey, where she is currently employed.

 

Daniel M. Goldstein, PT, DPT, OCS (AU Orthopaedic Resident Graduate 2015)

Dr. Goldstein received his Bachelors of Arts and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Delaware in 2007 and 2012, respectively. He completed the Arcadia University Orthopaedic Residency in 2015, and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2016.

 

Daniel W. Safford, PT, DPT, MAT, CSCS (AU Orthopaedic Resident Graduate 2017)

Dr. Safford received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Arcadia University in 2016, where he also completed his orthopaedic residency in 2017. He practices in multiple outpatient and inpatient settings in the Philadelphia area, specializing in treating athletes with shoulder injuries and runners


What would you consider the strengths of your program to be?

MB: Several opportunities for interaction with both other residents as well as the instructors, flexibility of weekly requirements, very evidence based with access to the most clinically relevant articles.

SG: Arcadia’s Residency program not only prepared me to sit for the OCS examination, but also challenged my day to day thought process as a clinician. As a recent graduate, this program greatly improved my ability to confidently treat a wide variety of differential diagnoses, despite my lack of years of experience. The weekly mentoring that I received allowed me to integrate the current literature we were studying in class with the clinical wisdom from my mentor.

DG: Having completed Arcadia’s residency the greatest strengths of the program are twofold.  First I would say the mentorship provided throughout the program made this residency second to none.  The ability to have 1:1 time with patients on site and continue to work within my clinic of employment made this program convenient and beneficial.  Secondly the ability to teach within the entry-level DPT program was a large benefit to me and my professional goals.

DS: The strengths of the Arcadia University Orthopaedic Residency are its evidence-based rigor and flexibility. The ability to complete didactic work online, while having a mentor in my clinical settings allowed for me to more easily fit the requirements of the residency into my life and career. All sections of the program were strongly based in the current literature presented through the lens of a variety of experts in the field.


What makes focused learning within a residency worth pursuing?

MB: Focused learning in a residency program allows for greater confidence when in the clinic interacting with patients, and it strengthens the your clinical decision making skills. I also felt that after the residency, I was able to come up with a more comprehensive differential diagnosis list.

SG: After completing my DPT, I had a strong desire to continue learning all that I could within the field of orthopedics. Arcadia’s Residency allowed me to continue this quest for knowledge while working full time as a clinician. The clinical mentoring I received in the residency helped me to become a more thorough and advanced therapist.

DG: Residency programs with focused learning, I believe, has made me a better clinician, co-worker, and clinical instructor. While time is devoted within entry-level programs, our goal is to be generalists in physical therapy. Instead Residency Training allows us to be experts in our field of study and focus attention on topics that can be applied on a daily basis.

DS: The focused learning of the residency allowed me to substantially and quickly elevate my practice and orthopaedic knowledge. I feel as though I gained years of experience and self-reflection in one year’s time, and developed my practice and clinical decision making to improve patient outcomes, confidence, and satisfaction.


What advice would you give to students that are seriously interested in pursuing residency training?

MB: The best advice I can give is that a residency program will set you apart from others with a similar background and experience. You certainly have to put in the work and the time in which you complete the residency while working full time can be a bit daunting, but it’s definitely worth it in the end. The mentor hours are very valuable, and I personally thought this was the most valuable part of the residency, take advantage by asking questions!

SG: You get out of a residency what you put into it. Simply enrolling in a residency goes not guarantee you the benefits of this advanced learning opportunity. My advice would be to make sure you are ready to commit time and energy towards your classes and mentoring sessions to make the most of your time.

DG: I believe the greatest advice I would give to students interested in pursuing residency training would be to look at multiple programs that teach differently.  Some programs are on-site and you are fully immersed within the programs whereas Arcadia’s residency program is entirely online with an in-person mentorship.  There are many ways that each student learns and one must find a program that is consistent with their learning style and must be a good match.  A student should also ensure that they have the time to devote to studies AND work at the same time, often a full caseload.  Residency programs are demanding, and they ought to be!

DS: A residency is a large, but rewarding commitment. So it is important to ensure that it fits within your long-term plan and that you are able to dedicate the necessary time and effort to get the most out of it. Having a good relationship with your clinical mentor is also imperative for a good experience.


What additional opportunities do your residents pursue after completing their training?

MB: The first opportunity after the residency is to sit for the OCS exam. After completing the residency, I’ve found more orthopedic doctors in our area referring patients to our clinic after learning that myself and another PT have both completed a residency.

DG: Following my residency I pursued my orthopedic clinical specialist certification. I also pursued a promotion within my current employment, in addition to gaining opportunities to teach within Arcadia’s entry level DPT program as well as the tDPT and residency programs.

DS: In addition to my clinical practice, I have pursued multiple research projects via NIH and APTA Orthopaedic Section grants in conjunction with Arcadia University’s Shoulder Research Center. I have had the opportunity to present a poster at CSM 2018, teach in multiple DPT course labs, and teach in Arcadia University’s online transitional DPT program.

Arcadia University orthopaedic residents integrating stabilization techniques during a recent weekend lab workshop on campus.

 

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