Featured Fellow: Dr. Christopher Keating PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Keating graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in 2009 with a DPT. He worked in private practice for 8 years where he pursued a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist designation in Orthopedics in 2012. After obtaining his OCS, he became certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2013. He began to establish himself with local universities and has taught in several programs including Drexel University, Arcadia University, and Thomas Jefferson University in their DPT and Orthopedic Residency programs. His experience with residency education began with Drexel University as a mentor and grew as he has mentored residents and fellows from EIM, Arcadia, Regis, Temple, in addition to Drexel. He continued his growth when he began the OMPT Fellowship program from Regis University in 2014.  Dr. Keating is currently residency faculty at Arcadia, Drexel, and Jefferson Orthopedic Residency programs. The clinical experience and ability to combine experience with evidence granted him the opportunity to join Jefferson as Musculoskeletal Faculty as an Assistant Professor.

What inspired you to pursue fellowship training?

I’ve been instilled with the drive for lifelong learning by Paul Howard, Noel Goodstadt, Ryan Perry, and Jane Fedorczyk. I’ve always had a passion for orthopedics, but without those to help foster my growth and help enable me to take the time and energy to pursue the next step along my journey, I would not have taken that step which was the most important one in my career.

What fellowship program did you attend and why?

I attended Regis University in Denver, CO. This program has a long reputation of producing high caliber Fellows who become leaders in education, research, and practice. The format allowed me to continue to work and live in Philadelphia while learning from some of the top experts in the field. Its flexibility and quality were very hard to beat. The Denver area is a wonderful spot to visit as well, so that didn’t hurt.

What did your fellowship program entail (as far as specific training, etc.)?

Regis uses an eclectic approach and is based in evidence and its best application. I came in with a background in MDT, but left with a greater appreciation of the management of orthopedic conditions using manual therapy, but as well as a number of other skill sets. The program has several weekend intensives which include lecture, lab, and discussion in the class and outside of it which was extremely important. The mix of people from across the country meeting and talking therapy in a small class setting was extremely engaging and motivating. The distance format for the didactic material as well as virtual rounds made the process informative without taking me away from my family and current career. Regis has a vast network of mentors as well which made finding quality mentors easy and manageable.

Are you trained in any specific areas of manual therapy (e.g. Maitland, McKenzie, etc.)? If so, why did you choose that area?

I was originally an MDT guy, but that was based on my DPT education and early con-ed push from my employer. I found it helpful in many cases, but felt like I was missing something out there to help my patients. Many camps exist in orthopedics, but I found the ones with an open approach and based on evidence is the way to go. There is no one system to help every patient you’ll meet.

What advice would you give to new grads aspiring to pursue residency/fellowship training?

Do it! Don’t wait, there really isn’t a good time to take on this challenge. Life is always crazy, but if you want to be an expert at what you do, have a better appreciation for why we do what we do and why it works, then start with residency and pursue fellowship afterwards with a little more experience.  

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