Resident Program Philosophy

The faculty of the Division of Physical Therapy are 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 30 hours of independent clinic work as well as a variety of learning activities each week. The learning activities include didactic activities (reading, researching and discussing orthopedic PT topics), one-on-one mentored patient care, and other focused activities (such as shadowing medical providers and acting as a teaching assistant in entry-level PT classes). The didactic activities are organized into content modules of two-to-four weeks duration and are led by the highly qualified mentors from Division of Physical Therapy and UNC Hospitals. In addition to the above activities, residents will write quarterly patient case reports and supervise PT students in the pro bono clinic.

Residency Start Date Transition Year

In January 2019 our next orthopedic residency cohort will start their 12-month journey. We are now in the planning stages of moving our residency start date to August. Beginning in summer of 2019, our new orthopedic residency start will be in August. We’re excited to offer this late summer start time and feel it will make the UNC orthopedic residency a more viable option for you.

Admissions Information

The application deadline (for August 2019 start) is February 16, 2019. 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 April/May, and the residency program will begin in early August 2019. Residents must have a North Carolina PT license prior to the program start date.

Your three reference letters must include at least one from a physical therapist who knows the applicant professionally. We also recommend one 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, ℅ Michael McMorris, Campus Box 7135, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7135.

Additional Resources:

For more information about the UNC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program, please contact Michael McMorris.