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Hospital creates specialty residency program

February 14, 2017
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Mary Free Bed orthopedic residency
Courtesy Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

A local hospital is adding a new residency program to its repertoire.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids will offer an orthopedic physical therapy residency beginning in September.

The program will offer graduates the opportunity to work alongside the hospital’s musculoskeletal teams in a post-professional capacity.

“We are excited to expand our training and mentoring programs to include this specialized orthopedic residency,” said James Gaynor, program director, Mary Free Bed. “This will not only restore hope and freedom to the patients we serve, but also further the mission of Mary Free Bed and the field of physical therapy.”

The residency

The Mary Free Bed Orthopedic PT Residency curriculum is based on the updated "Description of Specialty Practice in Orthopedic Physical Therapy" from the American Physical Therapy Association.

The program will accept one resident per year and consists of three four-month rotations in three of Mary Free Bed’s specialty outpatient clinics: the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Center, Pain Center and Spine Center.

The resident will split their time between didactic learning and 25 hours per week treating patients.

They will develop their practice while working in collaboration with the Mary Free Bed Center for Research and Innovation and be allowed time in an adjunct role in musculoskeletal and spine labs through Grand Valley State University.

The resident may also observe the workings of the motion analysis center, work conditioning, hand therapy, fluoroscopically guided spinal injections and orthopedic and spinal surgeries.

The deadline to apply for the residency is March 31. Final candidates will be invited for interviews with the residency board, and a final decision to be made by the end of May.

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