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Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency

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What is the Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program?

Program Mission

The mission of Lee Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program is to provide physical therapists with a comprehensive, well-rounded educational and clinical experience that will integrate clinical decision-making skills, evidence based practice, and advanced diagnostic skills in orthopedic physical therapy that represents a commitment to clinical excellence in quality, satisfaction, safety and compassionate care.

Program Goals

Goal 1: The residency program supports the mission of the supporting organization and rehabilitation department.

Goal 2: The residency program maintains ABPTRFE accreditation.

Goal 3: Provide residents with high quality, consistent experience at all clinic locations.

Goal 4: Residency Program is sustainable.

Goal 5: Residents demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and skill required for specialist orthopedic clinical practice.

Goal 6: Prepare residents to contribute to the profession of physical therapy, and the larger healthcare community, through leadership, evidence-based practice, teaching, and service.

Program Specifics

The residency combines didactic work with clinical work, to encourage the development of advanced levels of clinical reasoning, diagnostic skills, scientific knowledge, leadership, communication and patient management. The residency is designed to develop orthopedic physical therapists with a diverse patient population and a variety of educational settings.

Clinical work hours are in Lee Health’s outpatient settings with a rotation to 3 nearby locations.

Outpatient Rehabilitation at Gulf Coast, 13685 Doctor’s Way, Suite 250, Ft Myers, FL 33919

Outpatient Center at HP Commons, 16281 Bass Rd, Suite 200, Ft Myers, FL 33908

Outpatient Center at Riverwalk, 8350 Riverwalk Park Blvd., Suite 3, Ft Myers, FL 33919

The mentorship of each resident involves intensive training and supportive guidance to create the best overall experience. The mentors guide the learning process through modeling, questioning and feedback.

The didactic curriculum will be based on the DRP of ABPTRFE.

Residents are hired as salaried, full-time employees but divide their time among clinical work within the 3 nearby sites in Fort Myers. They can expect to spend their time working, in clinical experiences, teaching, mentorship, or studying. Residents typically receive 5 hours of mentorship from board certified specialists per week.

Financial Fact Sheet

The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) has created this Financial Fact Sheet to provide financial transparency to applicants on the true costs to undergo residency and fellowship education. Click here to view the Financial sheet. (link opens in a new window)

Program Outcomes

Graduation rate – 100%

ABPTS Orthopedic Specialty Exam pass rate – 100%

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What do I need to know before applying?

Admissions Requirements

All candidates for the Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency program must be eligible for physical therapy licensure in the state of Florida and have attained FL licensure prior to beginning the residency program. Ideal applicants will have experience in orthopedics (through work or student internships), superior written and verbal communication skills, evidence of leadership skills, and a desire to improve and learn.

Candidates need three letters of recommendation:

One academic • Two clinical

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APTA members, who are eligible for Physical Therapy licensure in the state of Florida and have graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapist education program, are eligible to apply for this residency program. Deadline for applications is May 31st. Resident will begin employment on September 1st. The program runs for 13 months beginning October 1st.

Applications are on our Job Listing page.

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Contact Us

For additional information please contact:

Ryan Wallace, DPT
Residency Program Director
Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Karl Gilliam, PT, DPT
Residency Program Coordinator
Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
Certified Hand Therapist

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Lucas Egan

Resident Spotlight: Lucas Egan

Lee Health is excited to celebrate the arrival of Lucas Egan, our Lee Health Fiscal Year 2023 Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program resident. Lucas grew up in the Cape Coral, Florida area. He received his Bachelor’s degree with Summa Cum Laude honors in Health Science from the University of Florida. Lucas went on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Lucas has worked as a physical therapist for 7 years and as a clinic supervisor for 2 years. He was honored to be the recipient of the Outstanding FPTA PT/PTA collaboration award in 2021. This award is given to recognize outstanding clinical collaboration between a physical therapist and physical therapist assistant team. Lucas is passionate about the field of orthopedics and is committed to make lasting impressions to improve patient’s lives.

Learn more about our physical therapy residency program

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