Orthopaedic Residency


The Baylor Scott & White Baylor University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is a 12-month clinical residency that begins each year in March. The residency program allows residents to work across two different orthopaedic practice settings (outpatient and sports) with additional exposure to acute orthopaedics if interested.  Residents also teach in the Baylor University DPT program, serving as adjunct faculty for all musculoskeletal labs.



Our mission is to advance orthopaedic physical therapist practice by providing an evidence-based curriculum to orthopedic physical therapists, rooted in respect for human dignity, through sound clinical reasoning, innovation, integration of research, compassion and adaptive expertise to enhance the quality of patient care to the community we serve. 



ABPTRFE has granted the BSWH-BU Orthopaedic Residency candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program. 

The orthopedic physical therapy residency is not subject to accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).


Clinical Expectations

The resident will work as a clinician at Baylor Scott and White Health, receiving clinical mentorship from PTs specialized in orthopaedic practice. The residency will provide access to a diverse patient population across multiple practice settings. The resident will participate in didactic learning from Baylor University. The resident will also have unique opportunities to participate in teaching and research with the Baylor DPT faculty.  

The resident will spend approximately 32 hours per week in patient care. 4 of these hours will be allotted for 1:1 clinical mentoring with an orthopaedic specialist. This structured clinical mentoring gives the resident an opportunity for accelerated growth as an orthopaedic clinician.  


Didactic Expectations

The resident will be allotted approximately 8 hours per week dedicated to didactic content. This content will emphasize specialty practice in orthopaedics. It will also serve to prepare the resident to sit for the OCS exam. The resident will participate in teaching and lab assisting at Baylor’s DPT musculoskeletal lab intensives. The resident will also participate in research with Baylor’s DPT faculty. The research project will be tailored to best fit the needs and interests of the resident.