Orthopedic Residency Program

Our Mission

The mission of the Residency Programs in the Division of Physical Therapy and UNC Hospitals is to provide a superior, comprehensive specialist training to licensed physical therapists to meet the needs of North Carolina.

Resident Program Philosophy

The faculty of the Division of Physical Therapy is committed to developing residents who are recognized leaders within their specialty area of choice.  Residents will develop excellence in examination, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, teaching and the integration of best evidence into the patient care they provide within their special area of interest.  They will develop as a resource for the community in prevention and rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions and will contribute to the profession through teaching, writing and leadership.  Graduates of the residency program will be fully prepared to sit for their specialty certification examination.

Program Structure

The UNC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program includes 24 hours of clinic work and 16 hours of combined learning activities per week.  The learning activities include didactic activities (reading, researching and discussing orthopedic PT topics), 1-on-1 mentored patient care, and other focused activities (such as shadowing medical providers and acting as a TA in entry-level PT classes).  The didactic activities are organized into content modules of 2-4 weeks duration and are led by the highly qualified mentors from UNC Division of Physical Therapy and UNC Hospital.  In addition to the above activities, residents will write quarterly patient case reports and supervise PT students in the pro bono clinic.  Please review the resources here (Fact Sheet and Schedule) for more details.

Admissions Information

The application deadline is June 1, 2016 and the interview date is July 22, 2016.  We will invite strong candidates to visit Chapel Hill for an interview and tour of the residency work and education sites.  Decisions will be made in August and the residency program will begin in early January 2017.  Residents must have a North Carolina PT license prior to the program start date.

 Your 3 reference letters must include at least 1 from a Physical Therapist who knows the applicant professionally. We also recommend 1 be from an academic faculty member.

 There is a supplemental application fee of $80.  Checks should be made payable to "UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences" and mailed to:  UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences, ℅ Carla Hill, Campus Box 7135, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135.

The Residency Application is available via RF-PTCAS at http://www.abptrfe.org/RFPTCAS/

For more information about the UNC orthopedic physical therapy residency please contact Carla Hill .