Dr. Johnson working with student

Orthopedic Residency

The Columbia University Irving Medical Center Clinical Residency in Orthopedics

The Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy is a 12-month program designed to provide physical therapists with advanced orthopedic clinical skills in a formal and mentored setting, and structured educational experience to advance knowledge and skills. 

The resident(s) will be involved in direct patient care at either New York-Presbyterian Hospital or  SPEAR Physical Therapy.

Application materials for the class of 2023 and instructions are available online. Competitive applicants will have their files reviewed by faculty and will be contacted for interviews. The next residency class will begin in September 2022 and conclude at the end of August 2023.

The CUIMC Clinical Residency in Orthopedics' Mission

The mission of the CUIMC Clinical Residency in Orthopedics is to provide advanced orthopedic physical therapy clinical training and promote excellence and leadership in the field. Through exposure and elective activities in all areas, residents will be prepared for future leadership in the professional areas of their greatest interests, whether clinical, educational, research, administrative, or service. Designed for the licensed professional, the Physical Therapy Residency in Orthopedics' curriculum is based on the concepts of adult learning and will have resident-driven and case-based elements. Clinical knowledge and skills can be individualized to the needs of the practitioner and their patients in the context of clinical problem solving and reflective practice. Through exposure and elective activities in all areas, residents will be prepared for future leadership in the professional areas of their greatest interests, whether clinical, educational, research, administrative, or service. Program goals will be achieved through didactic education, participation in research, mentored teaching opportunities, professionally mentored patient care experiences, and independent patient care.

The clinical residency program's goals and objectives are directed toward an in-depth mentoring experience in the management of patients with a variety of orthopedic impairments and are based on the 2017 Orthopedics Description of Residency Practice (DRP).

The CUIMC Clinical Residency in Orthopedics will provide a diverse and dynamic environment for post-graduate residency study, practice and research, featuring opportunities to work with experienced orthopedic clinicians in a mentored environment. 

Current outcomes for the Columbia University Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (CROPT).

Initial accreditation: 2020-21

Number of graduates: 4

Current cohort to graduate in August 2022: 3

Graduates who sat for the orthopedic specialty board exam: 2

Graduates who have passed the orthopedic specialty board exam: 2

Current positions held by graduates:

  • Clinical positions: Columbia University Physical Therapy Faculty Practice - 2 graduates
  • Teaching Assistant: Columbia University Entry-Level Physical Therapy Program
  • Outpatient physical therapist, Kaiser Permanente, San Jose Medical Center
  • Independent provider in a private practice setting, Brooklyn, NY

Accepted poster / platform presentations:

(Poster) Physical Therapy Management of Right Hip Pain Following Total Hip Arthroplasty in a Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis; Kynaston Schultz, PT, DPT, Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS.

Combined Sections Meeting 2022.

(Poster) A regional interdependence approach to back pain in Parkinson's Disease - A Case Study; Charlie Weng, PT, DPT; Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS; Mike Johnson, PT, DSc, OCS, SCS.

Combined Sections Meeting 2022.

(Poster) Ankle Dorsiflexion ROM: Recommendations for Best Practice in Both Research and Practical Clinical Application Settings - Amy Claypool, PT, DPT, SCS; Mike Johnson, PT, DSc, OCS, SCS.

Combined Sections Meeting 2021.

(Poster) The Role of Physical Therapy in Relief of Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Case Series with Follow-Up - Amy Claypool, PT, DPT, SCS; Christopher K. Wong, PT, PhD, OCS.

 

For further information, please contact:

Michael Johnson, PT, DSc
Board Certified in Orthopedics and Sports
Director, Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine @ CUIMC
Programs in Physical Therapy
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Georgian Building
617 West 168th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10032
mj2738@cumc.columbia.edu

Virtual Open House (Town Hall)

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Johnson at mj2738@cumc.columbia.edu.