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Orthopedic Residency Program

Orthopedic Residency Program

Emory DPT’s new orthopedic residency program graduated its first two students. Sara Knight, DPT ’11, and Rob Riesing, DPT ’11, completed the residency on July 31st and will sit for their orthopedic boards in March of 2013.

The establishment of the residency program follows a push for more specialized training within the physical therapy profession. “The profession in general has moved toward the doctoral level, and in the future specialties will be more and more important to overall career prospects,” says Knight. “There has been an exponential increase in physical therapy residency programs as the profession moves toward being direct access practitioners.”

The year-long residency program consisted of 40 hours per week of clinical practice, a monthly lecture course and monthly grand rounds during which the students and faculty discussed research. In addition, Knight and Riesing provided pro bono services through the South Georgia Farmworkers project (see story below.), shadowed a radiologist and were actively involved in teaching orthopedic content to the second-year DPT students.

Knight plans to use her advanced orthopedic skills to practice in a general outpatient clinical practice. She was drawn to the residency as a chance to enhance her skill set. “I actually plan on practicing in a more generalized setting, but having specialized skills in orthopedics allows you to bring more treatment options to the patient,” she said.

Riesing also saw the residency as a way to ensure he provides the best care possible for his future patients. He was also eager to be among the first participants. “I thought it was great that Sara and I would be trailblazing this new program at Emory,” he said.

Kathleen Geist, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, assistant professor and head of the orthopedic residency program, hopes to grow the program. “We would like to expand to four to seven residents in the coming years,” says Geist. “We are trying to move the application deadline for the 2013 residency to February 1. Specialized residencies are definitely the direction of the future for physical therapy.”

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