Orthopedic Residency: Who is Eligible and How to Apply


To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of New York

2. Eligible candidates can be new/recent graduates of an accredited physical therapy program, and/or demonstrate clinical experience in the orthopedic setting.

3. Professional behaviors demonstrating an interest in pursuing advanced clinical skills in orthopedics, research, and teaching.


Applicants are required to submit the following items to complete the application package:

1. Application including a personal essay, which will include:

  • Why do you want to complete this residency vs. other available residencies for physical therapists?
  • How will this specific residency program contribute to your vision of your career course?
  • An example where you had to deal with a personal conflict, related to physical therapy, and how you were able to cope with that

2. Three letters of professional reference

3. Contact information for your prior job positions

4. Copy of your physical therapy license

5. Professional resume

6. Current photo

Finalists will be interviewed prior to acceptance into the residency program. Applications are now being accepted for the class of 2022.

Fill out the application and upload your supporting documents here

The admissions committee reviews all applications. Suitable candidates are asked to interview with the Residency Director and Clinical Director(s). After interviews are completed, the admissions committee reviews the applicants and offers the residency to the best candidate. The desired candidate is asked to respond to the offer within one week.

Any questions can be directed to:

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Michael Johnson, MPT, DsC, OCS, SCS

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