As graduation draws closer, good luck to all those taking the NPTE in a couple weeks. You've put in a lot of work thus far, and the reward awaits you at the other side. Keep at it! Upon starting your practice as a physical therapist, you will inevitably start looking towards what you can do next to improve upon your knowledge base and skills. There are many options out there, whether you are looking for a different perspective, new style of treatment, pain science management or something else, you will never run out of courses to pursue.
Upon graduating, I knew I wanted to pursue a residency in orthopaedic. Ideally everyone would complete residency training; however, there aren't nearly enough residencies out there to fulfill the need. A couple years ago Optim Manual Therapy Fellowship was started for situations just like this. We simulate the residency experience at a far more affordable cost, weekend courses, online assignments and weekly mentoring. Our approach is an eclectic one. We look to improve upon typical components, such as anatomy and orthopaedic knowledge, manual skills, and exercise application. However, we differentiate ourselves by the diverse treatment approach and evidence-informed decision making. While we educate our participants on standardized mobility exams, Sahrmann's Movement Impairments Syndromes, and pain science management/education/treatment, our real goal is to help develop your clinical reasoning and facilitate your practice patterns. Below is a sample lecture on Sahrmann's Movement Impairment Syndromes, but check out optimfellowship.com for more information on the program. A new cohort is starting in Dallas in just a couple months, but expect cohorts to begin in St. Louis, Scottsdale and Houston this fall!
-Dr. Chris Fox, PT, DPT, OCS
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