OPTIM Manual Therapy Fellowship Program


What makes your fellowship program unique compared to other programs?

We emphasize current best evidence into clinical practice including paradigms like utilizing a bio-psychosocial approach, leveraging patient expectations, and purposeful interventions to provide excellent clinical outcomes. We are fully aware that manual therapy is often only a small piece of a very complex pain and patient management puzzle.

What would you consider the strengths of your program?

We do not subscribe to any one particular manual therapy approach or cult, but are solely focused on clinical decision making and approaches that make sense. The 15 month part-time curriculum includes 10 weekend courses that are heavily focused on hands-on training and practical, thoughtful application.

What financial implications should PTs expect when entering your program?

Our program is paid for on a class-by-class basis. Each class costs $450.00 for the 10 weekend classes; Clinical Mentorship is broken into 2 payments of $3,000 over the course of mentoring. Included in your tuition is all of our workbooks, digital text, videos of techniques, and year-long Medbridge subscription.

What makes a fellowship worth pursuing?

Programs are designed for physical therapists who want to be leaders in the areas of orthopedics, manual physical therapy, clinical reasoning, pain science, and integration of evidence into practice. Faculty members are experienced in the field of OMPT, and curriculum provides participants a well-rounded, “Monday morning applicable” experience. The 400 hours of mentorship is what truly changes clinical practice and behaviors.

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

I look for candidates who are hardworking, inquisitive, accountable, altruistic, and proactive learners. I look for applicants who can lead as well as be team players. Applicants should possess strong communication skills as well as be service oriented.

What advice would you give to PTs that are seriously interested in pursuing fellowship training?

Consider every opportunity presented to you. Work-life balance isn’t always completely level and most successful people will tell you it didn’t help them get to where they are now. Clinical growth and expertise cannot be obtained in a 9-5 setting. If you are truly dedicated to advancing yourself, your clinical outcomes, and our profession, consider pursuing a fellowship.

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

Many of my residency and fellowship graduates have gone on to doing some extraordinary things. Most, if not all of them, are engaged in some level of post-professional teaching. Some have taken faculty positions at residencies, some have spoken at national conferences, some have started their own residency programs, and some are involved in local, state, and national professional activities. At the beginning of each class I discuss physical therapy trends, legislative activities, and professional opportunities that are available and try to provide guidance for professional involvement and growth.

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