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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Glendale Adventist Medical Center's Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program focuses on providing clinical training for physical therapists that acclerates their professional development in becoming a resource, educator and mentor to others in their community.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center is a credentialed physical therapy orthopedic residency by the American Physical Therapy Association.

General Details

The residency begins in January and runs for 50 consecutive weeks. The curriculum combines didactic coursework, mentorship experience and resident-directed learning with direct patient care.

Residents are employed in a full-time benefitted position by Glendale Adventist Medical Center and receive a program-adjusted salary for specific residency hours.

Residency Goals

  1. Exhibit the highest standards of professionalism.
  2. Perform the highest level of health care for patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
  3. Competence with utilizing, and contributing to, the evidence-based practice of physical therapy.
  4. Obtain ABPTS board certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy.

Hours (1,500 total hours)

Mentorship (150 hours) - With APTA board certified specialist

Didactic Coursework (225 hours)

  • Clinical Reasoning and Patient Management Models
  • Interviewing and Communication Skills
  • Scientific Basis of Orthopedic PT
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Spine: Physical and Biomechanical Examination, Clinical Practice and Manual Treatment
  • Upper Quadrant: Physical and Biomechanical Examination, Clinical Practice and Manual Treatment
  • Lower Quadrant: Physical and Biomechanical Examination, Clinical Practice and Manual Treatment

Resident Directed Learning (200 hours)

  • Community service
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Other professional involvement

Clinical practice in orthopedics (925 hours)

Eligibility/Application Requirements

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Entry-level physical therapy degree
  • Hold or be eligible for California Physical Therapy Licensure - no later than end of Q3 in the year prior to start of residency
  • GAMC employment prior to start of residency - no later than end of Q3 in the year prior to start of residency

Applications will be evaluated based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Academic education
  • Clinical education and mentoring experiences
  • Clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics physical therapy
  • Research experience
  • Community service

All completed materials must be received via RF-PTCAS  by June 1.

Contact Us

Kirk R. Bentzen, PT, DPT, MBA
Residency Director
Kirk.Bentzen@ah.org
2560 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 255-5409
Fax: (323) 255-5732