Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

UChicago Medicine offers a 12-month full-time program designed to prepare residents to take the ABPTS examination in orthopaedics.

Duration: 12 months
Tuition: N/A
Accreditation: September 2026
Application deadline: January 31st of application year
Interview: February-March of application year
Program Start: Mid-August of application year
Number of Graduates: 32 to date
Number of positions offered annually: 2
OCS Passing Rate: 97%

To learn more, download the program overview (PDF).
To view current faculty, download the faculty overview (PDF).

UChicago Medicine Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program is a post-graduate training program which aims to provide a professional development opportunity to prepare physical therapists to become specialists in orthopedic physical therapy through didactic education, participation in research, professionally mentored patient care experiences and independent patient care. The program emphasizes the development of advanced psychomotor skills, theoretical rationales, evidence based techniques, and complex clinical reasoning to enhance the resident’s ability to evaluate and treat orthopedic patient populations using current research evidence and clinical expertise. The program will prepare the participants to take the OCS examination administered by the ABPTRFE. The program graduates will be an ongoing resource for the UChicago Medicine, the physical therapy and medical community by promoting rehabilitation, health, and wellness for the persons they serve.

The resident will be mentored by physical therapists who are all Board-Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

There are 9 full time core faculty members who are all Board-Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS). Seven of the nine faculty members are also Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).

The program includes focused in-person didactics, multiple hours of 1:1 mentoring a week, participation in departmental performance improvement or research projects, critical appraisal of the literature and case study presentations, and opportunities for specialty observation within the UCM health system. The courses include 9 orthopedic physical therapy core courses on each of the 9 major joint regions of the human body. There are also specialty courses on Clinical Reasoning, Research, Radiology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Pain Science, Pharmacology and Psychology of Pain.

UCM serves a socially, economically, and racially diverse patient population on the south side of Chicago and emphasizes culturally competent care.

Michael R. Maninang, PT, DSc, DPT, MBA, MHS, MOMT
Diplomate in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Program Coordinator of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

UChicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Ave. | Rm. W107, MC1081 | Chicago, IL 60637
Email: michael.maninang@uchicagomedicine.org 
Phone: 773-795-7211
Fax: 773-702-5340

Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency

UChicago Medicine offers a 12-month full-time program designed to prepare residents to take the ABPTS examination in pediatrics.

Duration: 53 weeks
Tuition: N/A
Accreditation: August 2023
Application deadline: January 31st of application year
Interview: February of application year
Program Start: Mid-August of application year 
Number of Graduates: 32 to date
Number of positions offered annually: 1
OCS Passing Rate: 100%

To learn more, download the program overview (PDF).
To view current faculty, download the faculty overview (PDF).

The University of Chicago Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program received its initial accreditation in 2001 and has graduated 13 graduates who all now have their PCS. The program is an intensive, year-long educational opportunity structured to facilitate the clinical development of physical therapists in the management of pediatric patients a variety of settings. The residents will be mentored by experienced physiscall therapists, who are all board certified in pediatric physical therapy and have extensive experience. We use a multi-modal teaching approach throughout the year which includes clinical practice, didactic content, structured mentoring, and various evidence based experiences to develop clinical growth. We serve a socially, economically, and racially diverse patient population on the south side of Chicago and emphasize culturally competent care.

Catherine Kennedy, PT, DPT, MS
Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist 
Program Coordinator of Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

UChicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Ave. | Rm. W107, MC1081 | Chicago, IL 60637
Email: catherine.kennedy@uchicagomedicine.org 
Phone: 773-702-6891
Fax: 773-702-5340

Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency

UChicago Medicine offers a 12-month full-time program designed to prepare residents to take the ABPTS examination in Critical Care. 

Duration: 12 months
Tuition: N/A
Accreditation: Anticipated 2024
Application Deadline: May 1st of application year
Interview: End of May of application year
Program Start: mid-August of application year
Number of Graduates: N/A 
Number of positions offered annually: 1
First-time Board Exam Pass Rate: N/A 

To learn more, download the program overview (PDF).
To view current faculty, download the faculty overview (PDF).

The University of Chicago Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency is a comprehensive program structured to facilitate the clinical development of physical therapists in the management of the medically complex hospitalized patient. The resident will be mentored by physical therapists who are board certified in cardiovascular and pulmonary, geriatrics, oncology, or burns (BT-C). The 9 core faculty members have a combined 84 years of experience. The residency includes focused in-person didactics, multiple hours of 1:1 mentoring a week, participation in departmental performance improvement or research projects, critical appraisal of the literature and case study presentations, and opportunities for both clinical and classroom teaching. The resident will be immersed in interprofessional care. The modules include general medicine, neurology/neurosurgery, trauma, general surgery, wound and burns, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedics, and oncology, with correlating ICU exposure. We serve a socially, economically, and racially diverse patient population on the south side of Chicago and emphasize culturally competent care. The residency will prepare the graduate to apply for early opportunities for career ladder advancement as well for an eventual ABPTS recognized clinical specialty exam.

Lauren Miller, PT DPT
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy
Program Coordinator for Inpatient Physical Therapy Professional Development

UChicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Ave. | Rm. W107, MC1081 | Chicago, IL 60637
Email: lauren.miller@uchicagomedicine.org 
Phone: 773-795-7291
Fax: 773-702-5340

Occupational Therapy Fellowship

UChicago Medicine offers a 12-month full-time program that provides in-depth training to occupational therapists in preparation for the Physical Rehabilitation Boards.

Duration: 53 weeks
Tuition: N/A
Accreditation: through 2023
Application deadline: April 1st of application year 
Interview: typically end of April of application year
Program Start: mid-August of application year
Number of Graduates: 17 to date 
Number of positions offered annually: 2

To learn more, download the program overview (PDF).
To view current faculty, download the faculty overview (PDF).

The University of Chicago Acute Care Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program is the first acute care program in the country which began in 2012. The program is an intensive, year-long educational opportunity structured to facilitate the clinical development of occupational therapists in the management of acute and critical care patients in the hospital setting. The fellows will be mentored by experienced occupational therapists, many who are board certified in physical rehabilitation and have extensive experience in acute/critical care. We use a multi-modal teaching approach throughout the year which includes clinical practice, didactic content, structured mentoring, and various evidence based experiences to develop clinical growth. The year is broken into a variety of clinical modules (4-6 weeks each): general medicine, neurology/neurosurgery, trauma, general surgery, burns, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedics, and oncology, with correlating ICU exposure. We serve a socially, economically, and racially diverse patient population on the south side of Chicago and emphasize culturally competent care.

Cheryl L. Esbrook, OTR/L, BCPR
Board Certified in Physical Rehabilitation
Program Coordinator of Occupational Therapy Professional Development 

UChicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Ave. | Rm. W107, MC1081 | Chicago, IL 60637
Email: cheryl.esbrook@uchicagomedicine.org 
Phone: 773-702-6891
Fax: 773-702-5340

Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship

UChicago Medicine offers both a 12-month full-time and part-time Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship, which gives orthopaedic physical therapists a chance to excel as advanced practitioners in orthopaedic manual physical therapy and apply for the status as Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Duration: 12 months
Tuition: $10,000 for the part-time program
Accreditation: September 2023 
Application deadline: March 31st of application year
Interview: April-May of application year
Program Start: Mid-August of application year for full-time and rolling start for part-time
Number of Graduates: 10
Number of positions offered annually: 1 for full-time, up to 6 for part-time

All graduates received the FAAOMPT credential (Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists)

To learn more, download the program overview - Full Time (PDF).
To learn more, download the program overview - Part Time (PDF).
To view current faculty, download the faculty overview (PDF).

University of Chicago Medicine Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) fellowship program is a post-graduate training program which aims to provide a professional development opportunity to prepare physical therapists to become advanced practitioners in orthopaedic manual physical therapy through didactic education, participation in research, professionally mentored patient care experiences and independent patient care. The program emphasizes the development of advanced psychomotor skills, theoretical rationales, evidence based techniques, and complex clinical reasoning to enhance the fellow-in-training’s ability to evaluate and treat orthopedic patient populations using OMPT principles. The program graduate will be an advanced OMPT clinician who will be an ongoing resource for the University of Chicago Medical Center, the physical therapy and medical community by promoting rehabilitation, health, and wellness for the persons they serve.

The fellow-in-training will be mentored by physical therapists who also completed UCM’s OMPT fellowship program.

There are 7 full time core faculty members who are Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) and Board-Certified in Orthopedic Physical therapy (OCS).

The program includes focused in-person didactics, multiple hours of 1:1 mentoring a week, participation in departmental performance improvement or research projects, critical appraisal of the literature and case study presentations, and opportunities for specialty observation within the UCM health system. The courses include OMPT Scientific Foundations, Practice and Theory and 9 OMPT core courses on each of the 9 major joint regions of the human body. There are also specialty courses on Nutrition, Pain Science, Pharmacology and Psychology of Pain included in the program.

UCM serves a socially, economically, and racially diverse patient population on the south side of Chicago and emphasizes culturally competent care.

The graduate of the OMPT Fellowship is eligible and qualified to receive the FAAOMPT credential from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Michael R. Maninang, PT, DSc, DPT, MBA, MHS, MOMT
Diplomate in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Program Coordinator of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

UChicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Ave. | Rm. W107, MC1081 | Chicago, IL 60637
Email: michael.maninang@uchicagomedicine.org 
Phone: 773-795-7211
Fax: 773-702-5340