As residents in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program this is a statement that we hear quite often. The answer to this question is no as each year the resident has their degree and is choosing to do additional training. This year Advanced PTSM has two residents that are part of the UW Health partnership. Trenton Rehman is a graduate of Marquette University for his Doctor of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Christopher Chism is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and Concordia University Wisconsin for his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. We both practice at the Appleton North location of Advanced PT. In addition to seeing patients at this location we also participate in advanced training in Madison where we cover topics related to orthopedic practice with residents practicing at UW Health or a private practice in Antigo. During this time we also assist the entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UW Madison as we serve as teaching assistants in orthopedic classes.
What is a residency?
A residency is a post-professional program that one can participate in after graduation, once they obtain their Physical Therapy licensure. This program allows specialization in a field of practice and allows the resident specific skills and training beyond what is taught in the entry level Physical Therapy degree. Currently the American Physical Therapy Association only recognizes residency programs certified under the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. There are currently residency programs in the practice areas of Orthopedics, Sports, Acute Care, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Oncology, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, or Wound Management. These programs offer training through a combination of clinical practice, advanced didactic training, research participation and/or teaching experiences. Residency programs can be clinical or nonclinical based, with a focus on advancing knowledge or skills within a specific specialty area of practice. Residency programs cover all the description of specialty practice areas and prepare individuals for the specialty certification exam. These residency programs allow an in-depth immersion into an area similar to what is provided through the residency/fellowship programs which physicians complete.
Why do a residency?
Each resident has their own reason and motivation for completing a residency program. Typically, it involves the ability to gain mentorship and training from specialists with significant training in the field. This allows the resident to advance in practice over a short period of time. Essentially this allows the resident to fast track their career. It is a way to gain from the knowledge and expertise of others to reach a higher level of experience over a 1-year span than our peers (and even over those with years more experience). This program also allows a greater in-depth training and practice into a specific area, as the DPT degree at the entry level is generalist degree. A residency program allows the participant to be prepared for and sit for the Board Certification in a specific area, such as Orthopedic Certified Specialist exam we will be able to sit for next year. At times, specific future positions or aspirations require advanced specialization through a residency before a person can be qualified to apply.
Why Advanced Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine?
There are various residency programs across the country with different formats, so selection of the perfect residency program is important. The program at Advanced PT partners with the UW Health system and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This program allows a unique partnership of a private practice and academic medicine. We get the opportunity to practice with autonomy at ADPTSM and have all the opportunities that a tier 1 medical system provides. Furthermore, the program offers the opportunity to teach in the PT program and complete research with assistance from some of the top researchers in the field. The position at ADPTSM is also highlighted by mentors which have significant experience in practice with specialization in many body areas and also in clinic management. The residency program has a large national reach with residents from Kansas, South Carolina, Missouri and Wisconsin in just the last 3 years. Similarly, participants of this program are now practicing across the country as their position has help provide them access to practice and leadership positions in top practices across America.
Who is the next resident and when does she/he start?
The next resident is named Johnathan (J.D.) Freeman will be joining Advanced PT as the next UW Orthopedic Resident for the 2019-2020 year. J.D. graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Omaha, Nebraska and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center before applying for Orthopedic Residency. He will be starting at the Appleton North location at the end of June.
Have more questions?
Contact Trenton at TRehman@advancedptsm.com or Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Trent!
Thank you Chris!