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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

OSU Sports Medicine, in conjunction with The OSU Division of Physical Therapy, is proud to announce its clinical residency program for physical therapists interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. The Residency Program has been accredited by American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and 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 August. 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 (sample video below), non-mentored practice, cadaveric and orthopaedic lab instruction, graduate course work, physician shadowing, and other didactic work including self-study. Residents will earn graduate credits that may be applied towards a graduate degree pending acceptance.

For more details about the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, please refer to the following documents:

Weekly sample schedule

Friday Orthopaedic Monthly Modules

"Why I chose OSU Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Residency" essays from previous residents


The residents will practice clinical work at one of several our Sports Medicine sites in greater Columbus. This position also includes teaching responsibilities of entry-level orthopaedic and cadaveric laboratories in the School of Allied Medical Professions, Division of Physical Therapy. Residents will gain the advanced skills and knowledge in a variety of structured learning experiences. They will be involved with graduate course work, physician shadowing and other didactic work including self-study.

Residents will be employed full time by Ohio State Sports Medicine, including a benefits package.


  • Those eligible for physical therapy licensure in the state of Ohio
  • APTA membership required throughout residency
  • Application deadlines and materials

Applications should be completed through the APTA's centralized application system RF-PTCAS. Top candidates will be interviewed on Ohio State's campus during March and April

A non-refundable $25 application fee must be mailed to:

Melissa Kidder PT, DPT, OCS
Coordinator, Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency
OSU Sports Medicine
2050 Kenny Rd, Suite 3100?
Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: (614) 293-2385

Email: Melissa Kidder@osumc.edu

Payment must be made by check. Please make checks out to OSU Sports Medicine

To learn more about the residency program, please contact the Residency Coordinator [shown above] or one of the following members of the residency program.

John DeWitt PT, AT, SCS
Director, Physical Therapy Residencies
Assistant Clinical Professor

Allison Toole, PT, DPT
2014-15 Orthopaedic PT Resident

Cody Mansfield, PT, DPT, ATC
2014-15 Orthopaedic PT Resident
Daniel Chelette, PT, DPT
2015-16 Orthopaedic PT Resident

Megan Heiser, PT, DPT
2015-16 Orthopaedic PT Resident