Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

Important Dates

  • October 1, 2022: RF-PTCAS applications open
  • November 16, 2022: Virtual open house
  • January 1, 2023: Application deadline
  • February, 2023: Interviews

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Established in 2009, HonorHealth's Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program was the first accredited residency program in Arizona through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education. Eleven cohorts (24 residents) have graduated since its inception.

Mission statement

The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program is committed to advancing orthopedic specialization through focused mentoring, expert-level instruction, teaching and scholarship. We aim to graduate residents with advanced skills in orthopedic clinical practice to become leaders in the physical therapy field.

We achieve our mission by emphasizing the following areas within our program:

Clinical reasoning: Residents will participate in weekly 1:1 mentoring sessions with orthopedic specialists and fellows (150+ hours total) to help challenge and advance the resident’s clinical reasoning.  The development of clinical reasoning is vital to a therapist’s ability to treat complex patients and to improve patient outcomes. Residents will treat patients and engage in mentorship at three unique hospital-based outpatient clinics to gain exposure to all the facets of orthopedic practice.

Psychomotor skill development: Residents will refine their hands-on practice through advanced lab instruction across all body regions. Our labs cover examination techniques as well as expert-level manual therapy treatment approaches with direct faculty instruction.

Content knowledge: Our program offers expert-level lectures that go beyond the ABPTRFE program requirements. The lectures are instructed by our orthopedic specialists and fellows to promote the continuation of learning and orthopedic content expertise.

Teaching exposure: Residents will serve as adjunct and lecture faculty in local DPT programs, as well as a clinical instructor for a DPT student rotation. Residents will also take the APTA Level I Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program during the program year.

Research/scholarship: Through required case studies and literature reviews, our residents will gain valuable exposure to scholarly activity and evidence-based care. Residents will have the opportunity to submit their case studies to CSM as well as expand their research involvement per individual resident interest.

Professional development: In addition to pre-scheduled opportunities, residents will have the chance to customize their professional development projects per individual interest. Examples include, but are not limited to, assisting with scholarly activity/research, participating in continuing education courses, multidisciplinary observation, and promotion of community health/wellness.

Specialty preparation: Residents will be required to read the Current Concepts of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Monographs (5th edition) over the course of the year with faculty-led case studies and mock-exam questions to help residents prepare for the OCS examination.


"The HonorHealth Orthopedic Residency provided me with the unique opportunity to 'fast-track' the development of clinical reasoning, evidence-based knowledge, and orthopedic skills readily applied in the clinical setting. The intensive study of orthopedic current concepts combined with mentorship under master clinicians both shaped and polished my ability as a clinician to provide evidence-based care and enhance the patient experience.”
- Kirsten Lightfoot, PT, DPT, OCS ('19)

Program details

  • The residency cycle runs from August 14th, 2023 to August 9th, 2024
  • Applications are due January 1st, 2023.
  • Residents are considered full-time employees and are eligible for all employee benefits such as health, dental, vision, and paid time off.
  • Residents have access to the hospital library with online full-text articles, article request and librarian-performed literature searches.

The Bob Bové Neuroscience Institute is the home of HonorHealth's orthopedic spine clinic--one of three clinics where residents will have the opportunity to treat.

HonorHealth Neuroscience Institute - Home of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency - NSI - HonorHealth


"Completing the orthopedic residency program through HonorHealth was the best career decision I have made. I was able to move beyond entry-level thought processes and skills all while improving my career opportunities and patient outcomes."
- Jason Tjeerdsma, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert DN, FAAOMPT (’14)

Our graduates

Graduates of our program attended the following schools for their DPT degrees:

  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of New Mexico
  • Duke University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Washington University
  • Regis University
  • Saint Francis University
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of South Dakota
  • A.T. Still University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Colorado
  • Cleveland State University
  • Creighton University
  • University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio
  • Midwestern University

Resident graduates live in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • South Dakota
  • Texas


"HonorHealth's residency absolutely helped me propel my clinical career. I learned wonderful manual skills and how to pair movement-system-based treatment with appropriate clinical judgment. I passed my OCS boards on the first try as well. And, all of it was done with good work-life balance -- a feature that made this residency program stand out. Time well spent!"
- Chioma Malkin, PT, DPT, OCS (’17)

Contact us

Maggie Chamberlain, PT, DPT
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Director
7242 E Osborn Rd suite 210
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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