Eric Magrum is currently a senior Physical Therapist at the University of Virginia/HealthSouth Outpatient Sports Medicine Center; and Director of the VOMPTI Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program.
Eric graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1994, and went on to complete an Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship program earning a full fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists. Eric is also board certified through the APTA as an Orthopedic Specialist. Eric is a developer and primary instructor of an APTA accredited Orthopedic Residency Program at UVA/HealthSouth.
Eric is involved locally, regionally, and nationally in teaching and research in the fields of lower quarter biomechanics; running injuries, orthotic management, manual therapy as well as spinal evaluation and management. Eric has been involved with planning and development of Running Medicine an annual symposium at UVA, devoted to caring for the running athlete. Eric has published over 20 articles in peer reviewed journals; multiple book chapters; and is a co editor for the Textbook of Running Medicine.
What inspired you to pursue fellowship training?
After practicing for 6 years and attending endless continuing education courses; I was more confused about when to utilize any/all of the new and various evaluation and treatment approaches that I was learning each weekend fit into an actual patient care plan. So I basically pursued residency and fellowship training for a clinical reasoning framework and direction for patient care.
What fellowship program did you attend and why?
I graduated from The Gulf Coast Physical Therapy Institute’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program, directed by Michael Rogers. I was introduced to Mike Rogers, who was one of the founding members of AAOMPT, by one of my employers who had been through his program 20 years prior. After speaking/interviewing with Mike; I knew this was exactly the career direction that I needed. Mike trained with a worldwide group of “Manual Therapy Giants” including James Cyriax, Freddy Kaltenborn, and John Mennell; and eclectically put together a curriculum integrating multiple approaches into a clinical reasoning framework.
What did your fellowship program entail (as far as specific training, etc.)?
Our program involved rotating through multiple clinics with multiple faculty mentors in the area; which was fantastic to be full time in various clinics with various mentors. Didactic classes were after work a couple nights a week, and about 1 weekend a month. One of the strengths of our program was the additional courses that were brought to supplement our curriculum; some of those instructors included: Dr. Richard Erhard, Dr Laurie Hartman; Dr Vladamir Janda. A truly worldwide group of Physical Therapy/Manual Therapy experts.
Are you trained in any specific areas of manual therapy (e.g., Maitland, McKenzie, etc.)? If so, why did you choose that area?
The program was a very Osteopathic/Norwegian Manual Therapy based approach secondary to the training of Mike Rogers. I was more interested in the quality of the faculty and program than the specific approach.
What advice would you give to new grads aspiring to pursue residency/fellowship training?
Step into this new challenging phase of your career with and open mind, ready to challenge yourself. Realizing that stepping out of your comfort zone; being willing to consistently self-reflect; and critically analyzing ways to improve in every aspect of patient care through constructive criticism/feedback is how you will grow the most.