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Admission to the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy program is granted on a competitive basis with selections made annually.

If you are selected as a candidate for the residency, you'll be invited for an on-campus interview. During that interview, you'll undergo a practical clinical exam and we'll observe you as you treat a mock patient.

For more information on how to apply, please email program director Roy Film: rfilm@som.umaryland.edu

Applicant Requirements

  • Meet the requirements for Maryland state licensure. Admission is contingent upon applicant obtaining a Maryland Physical Therapy license prior to start date
  • Has successfully completed orthopedic physical therapy residency training OR is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)
  • Proof of application to take the ABPTS Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist examination, if not already certified
  • Has graduated from a CAPTE-accredited professional physical therapy program or have had a state physical therapy board approve the applicant’s first-professional physical therapy program as equivalent to a US CAPTE-accredited professional physical therapy program
  • Currently engaged in orthopedic clinical practice
  • Comply with all employment requirements of University of Maryland Orthopaedic Associates, P.A.

What You'll Need When Applying

  • Official physical therapy school transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 professional references)
  • Essay and personal statement:
    • Describe your reasons for choosing to apply for our Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Describe a particularly challenging physical therapy-related experience that you feel will contribute to your ability to succeed in our program. Limit your essay to 1000 words.
    • Please describe your clinical bias. Limit essay to 500 words.
  • TOEFL - If English is not your native/first language, you must meet one of the following language proficiency requirements: 
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213.
    • *** Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.
  • Background check
  • CPR certification
  • Evidence of current APTA membership
  • Evidence of AAOMPT membership (can be completed within thirty (30) days after acceptance
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae