Ohio State Sports Medicine, in conjunction with the Division of Physical Therapy, is proud to sponsor a clinical residency program for physical therapists interested in pursuing a career in orthopaedic physical therapy. The Orthopaedic Residency Program was accredited by American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2008 as the first in the State of Ohio.

The program is designed to prepare residents to take the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination in orthopaedic physical therapy. The program is 16 months in length beginning each year in July. With this unique design, experienced residents will be able to mentor new residents during one overlapping quarter. While slightly longer in length than many residency programs, it was designed for residents to take full advantage of the clinical, academic, and research experiences offered at The Ohio State University.

A typical week in the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program includes time in mentored practice, non-mentored practice, residency conference, orthopaedic lab instruction, physician shadowing, and other didactic work including self-study. 

Residents will be employed full time by Ohio State Sports Medicine and this position includes a benefits package. The residents will practice clinical work at one of several Ohio State Sports Medicine sites in the greater Columbus area. This position also includes teaching responsibilities of entry-level in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physical Therapy. Residents will gain the advanced skills and knowledge in a variety of structured learning experiences.

View the full residency page for additional details.

Compensation and Benefits

Program participants are employed full time by the OSUMC, including a benefits package. Salary is commensurate with revenue-generating clinic time. Participants do not pay tuition. 


Candidates must be eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio. 


Applications should be completed through the American Physical Therapy Association’s Centralized Application System RF-PTCAS. Top candidates will be interviewed on Ohio State’s campus during February and March. 


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Contact Us

Melissa Kidder PT, DPT

Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Program Director, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute
2835 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH, 43202


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