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Orthopaedic Manual PT Fellowship

ABPTRFE Accredited ProgramKaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship began in 1979 (learn about the history of the program) and is proudly accredited by the Accreditation Council on Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Education (ACOMPTE). Our program meets the standards set forth by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). Graduates are eligible for Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Most program graduates have gone on to obtain their Fellowship status.

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Learn more about our program

Our guiding principles are simple – partner in learning, professional growth, practice humility, and promote health.

Our program is 15 months in length, begins in the fall of each calendar year and finishes the following December. Applications are solicited in April-May and are currently open only to Kaiser Permanente employees. We invite individuals whose curiosity drives a dedication to professional growth in practice, service, and scholarship to apply.  Our Fellows in Training share a passion for profession of physical therapy and are dedicated to moving the practice of orthopaedic manual therapy forward.

The hallmark of your experience is the opportunity to partner in your learning with dedicated clinical mentor/coaches who work side-by-side with you throughout the program. These skilled clinician educators apply evidence-based teaching strategies to help facilitate your growth towards adaptive expertise. As a team in collaboration with your patients, you learn from practice for practice.

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Our mission

The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship seeks to develop master clinicians with adaptive expertise allowing for advanced diagnostic and clinical management of patients in a collaborative medical model. These skilled clinicians are dedicated to improving the health of all communities and willingly serve to advance the profession of physical therapy and orthopedic manual physical therapy practice through leadership roles as clinicians, consultants, educators, and health advocates.

Details you should know

  • Fellows-in-Training participate in a minimum of 350 hours of webinars, classroom and lab instruction, independent self-study, scholarly activity project, community engagement project, and attend one lab intensive weekend per month.
  • Fellows-in-Training receive a minimum of 150 hours of 1:1 mentored clinical practice with a minimum of 100 hours in direct supervision with patients.
  • Fellows in Training participate in curriculum based on the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT) educational materials and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) course work.
  • Fellows-in-Training are Kaiser Permanente employees with benefits that include a generous salary, health, dental and vision coverage for themselves and their family, generous educational leave, paid holidays and paid time off.

Program costs

  • Dues: Fellows-in-Training are expected to incur all dues associated with APTA, CPTA, and AOPT and AAOMPT membership. Membership is a requirement of the Program and substantially discounted as a post-professional participant in a Fellowship program.
  • Fees: Fellows-in-Training are responsible for purchasing all required course materials. These can be purchased in sequence with the class schedule. The Program anticipates fees to be no more than $2000.
  • Tuition: $1500 – Paid in 3 installments in January, May and the second September of the Fellowship year.
  • Kaiser Permanente employees receive up to $3000.00 per calendar year for expenses such as tuition and approve course educational materials.

Graduation requirements

  • Complete required hours and expectations for mentoring, all didactic course work, and clinical practice expectations.
  • Pass final live patient exams, written exams, and skill checks.
  • Complete and pass a scholarly case series project and a community engagement project.
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