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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

The Rush Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency provides advanced post-professional orthopedic clinical and didactic training, with an emphasis on comprehensive clinical decision-making, diagnostic accuracy, effective and efficient examination and evaluation, evidence-based orthopedic intervention, quality patient care, and the promotion of leadership roles within the physical therapy profession.

Residency goals and objectives

  • Prepare residents to attain orthopedic clinical specialist certification.
  • Promote advanced clinical reasoning, decision-making and critical thinking in orthopedic physical therapy practice
  • Participate in research and contribute to the advancement of orthopedic physical therapy
  • Enhance communication skills via patient education, teaching roles and interprofessional collaboration
  • Develop professional and leadership qualities to advocate for the physical therapy profession

Program overview

The Rush Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a developing program per the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

Application process

The residency application is submitted through the RF-PTCAS via the ABPTRFE application system.

Applicant requirements

  • Graduate of an entry-level, accredited physical therapy program
  • License to practice in Illinois or proof of licensure by the program start date
  • Possess a strong interest in orthopedic physical therapy
  • Meet the standards of employment by Rush University Medical Center

Contact information

For more information about the program, please contact the following:

Christopher Hagan PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT 
Program Director
Phone: (312) 563-2454 
Email: christopher_r_hagan@rush.edu  

Christine Schauerte PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Program Coordinator
Phone: (312) 563-2454
Email: christine_s_schauerte@rush.edu