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All interested candidates for the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program at Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center must be eligible for physical therapy licensure in the states of OH. The candidate must demonstrate efforts toward initiating this process by evidence of contact with the Board by the interview time. If the candidate does not meet this requirement they will no longer be eligible for consideration into the residency program. All residents will maintain a valid temporary or permanent license to practice physical therapy in the state of OH in accordance with all OH state laws and rules and regulations of professional licensing. If a resident fails to maintain a valid license and/or becomes ineligible to practice physical therapy for any reason, immediate termination procedures will be initiated in accordance with Cincinnati Children’s policy.
The applicant must submit a cover letter, 3 letters of recommendation, and current curriculum vitae by the application deadline of March 1. These application materials are reviewed by an application committee, consisting of the Residency Director and at least two faculty members. The written applications are judged by relevant academic and clinical experience, alignment with Program’s mission, completeness of application, and quality of application. Qualified applicants are invited for an interview. During the interview, the applicant meets with the current resident, the Resident Director, as well as several faculty members including previous Orthopaedic residents and members of the physical therapy staff. It is expected that a potential Resident will demonstrate higher levels of initiative, resilience, accountability, receptiveness to coaching, enthusiasm for the position, and leadership potential as compared to expectations for a newly hired Level I PT at Cincinnati Children’s. The interviewing committee provides written feedback to the Resident Director, who makes the final decision regarding the candidate for the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. The formal interview form with evaluation criteria is included below.
Once selected, each resident will begin their residency year the week of July 1. The exact start date will very within this week each year as per Cincinnati Children’s policy on employee start dates. Per Cincinnati Children’s and the Division of OT / PT policy, each resident will be hired as a Physical Therapist Level I and will be in a probationary period for the first 6 months. During this time, if the resident fails to meet the criteria of a Physical Therapist Level I, termination procedures will be initiated.
To be retained in the program, the resident must also complete all components of the curriculum as scheduled. Quarterly modules must be completed within or very close to quarterly time frames, including examinations. Also, the resident must demonstrate agreed-upon quarterly progress on integration project work. In addition, the resident must also demonstrate sufficient initiative to self-manage their own progress. For example, the resident is expected to prepare content for patient-related discussions during the weekly mentoring meeting with the clinical mentor.
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