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Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program


"The residency program has significantly advanced my critical thinking and clinical practice skills, which has allowed me to develop into a better clinician.” – Mike Roberto, PT, DPT, Good Sheppard-Penn Partners, Philadelphia, PA

Our ABPTRFE accredited program will provide residents with a comprehensive curriculum of didactic and clinical education to develop into evidence-based practitioners ready and able to advance the profession and patient care in the community. Residents will receive 1:1 mentorship, take advanced knowledge courses, participate in physician shadowing, and gain experience in teaching entry-level physical therapy students.

Program Features:

  • Average of 30 hours/week of patient care at The Drexel University Physical Therapy Clinical Services at the following centers -
    • The Recreation Center on Main Campus including services for Drexel Athletics
    • 3 Parkway Health & Wellness Center on the Center City Campus, a multidisciplinary outpatient facility
    • 11th Street Family Health Services a multidisciplinary facility helping the under served
  • Minimum of 3 hours of 1:1 mentorship/week
  • 4+ hours/week with our clinical partners during designated times of the year.
  • Coursework in advanced clinical practice in orthopaedics with emphasis on the evidence
  • Participate as a teaching assistant in the PDPT program
  • Participate in non-surgical and surgical care observations with our partnering physician groups
  • Participate in a scholarly project for publication, the Orthopaedic Journal Club, and in Case Rounds

Program Mission:

The mission of the Drexel University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is to provide post-professional didactic and clinical training to physical therapists who seek to develop advanced clinical decision making, manual, and diagnostic skills in orthopaedic physical therapy.

DUOPTR Faculty

Noel Goodstadt PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Associate Clinical Professor
Director of Residency Programs
Master's in Physical Therapy from MCP-Hahnemann University in 1997
Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2006
Board Certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2002

Kevin Gard PT, DPT, OCS
Clinical Professor
Vice Chair and Director, Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Director of Drexel University Physical Therapy Services
Master’s in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University in 1992
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2004
Board Certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2001

Robert Maschi PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Associate Clinical Professor
Master’s in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1994
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2004
Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2011

Sarah Wenger PT, DPT, OCS
Associate Clinical Professor
Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 1997
Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2003
Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2009

Sara Tomaszewski, PT, DPT, OCS
Clinical Instructor
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2007
Board Certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2012

David Ebaugh, PT, PhD
Clinical Professor
Baccalaureate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 1989
PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from Drexel University in 2004

Kathryn Mitchell, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS
Associate Clinical Professor
Baccalaureate in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in 1988
Advanced Masters in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 1999
Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2008

Ed Zimmerman, PT, DPT, OCS
Director of Bucks Physical Therapy’s Warminster
Baccalaureate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 1989
Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2006
Board Certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 1999

Chris Keating, PT, DPT, OCS
Clinical Director, Strive Physical Therapy in Marlton
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2009
Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2012

Admissions Requirements

Applying to Drexel's Residency program can now be done through the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (RF-PTCAS) at The application deadline is December 31st.  All applications will be reviewed in early January.  All candidates considered for an interview will be scheduled between February and March.

The following are required for admission to the DPT program:

  • Applications: All applicants must be APTA and Orthopaedic Section members and must have graduated from a CAPTE accredited program and be eligible for licensure in PA and NJ prior to applying for residency. If offered a position, candidates will be expected to complete the 13 month program beginning in June of the following year. Interested applicants can apply through RF-PTCAS
  • Send official transcripts from all universities attended for physical therapy education directly to RF-PTCAS. Copies do not need to be sent to Drexel.
  • Three essays in RF-PTCAS.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

All supporting application documents must submitted through RF-PTCAS.


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Curriculum Layout

The DUOPTR is a 13 month program developed to promote post-professional education toward achievement of the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist certification and lifelong learning. The length of the program is 13 months to provide overlap with the start of new residents every June to facilitate the transition of patients from seasoned residents to new residents without disrupting the quality of care.

The DUOPTR program plan to fulfill the criteria for credentialing through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) is to provide a quality didactic educational and the clinical mentorship experience. Below you will find a summary of the program layout covering these two components.

Didactic Portion:

The Didactic Program provides a variety of learning experiences split into three categories; academic quarter based courses, modular courses, and independent learning.  Residents will participate in post-professional courses that cover advanced cadaveric anatomy and application of evidence to practice.  The modular courses will cover the following content to supplement the independent learning requirements.  The modules include topics such as:

Introduction to Orthopaedic Guidelines & Evidence-based Practice
Chronic Pain
Differential Diagnosis
Running Analysis & Management
Non-Arthritic Hip Injuries
Exam & Intervention of Throwing Athletes
Spine Stabilization
Manual Therapy
Return to Work/Sports

Independent learning is a foundation of residency education. This process starts with the independent study course Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, which will be a building block for many of the modular courses.  This component carries the expectation that residents search for and review literature on topics they have questions about during their self reflection on patient cases throughout the year.

Throughout the year residents will be developing and implementing their scholarship project, so by the end of the spring quarter, he/she is able to submit the project for a national conference the following year and developing a plan for future publication.

The Drexel University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a postprofessional residency program.

ABPTRFE Accredited Program

The clinical experience requires a minimum of 150 hrs. of 1:1 clinical mentoring.  The 150 hours is guaranteed in the clinical practice schedule within DUPTS, and more than another 100 hours is possible with our clinical partners.  This does not include weekly mentor and administrative meetings with the Director of the Program.  A minimum of 1500 hours of direct patient care both supervised and unsupervised is scheduled for each resident.

The residents will spend a minimum of 30 hours working in DUPTS clinics per week, with 20% of the time in our pro-bono clinic, 11th Street Family Health Services.  At 11th Street, the residents get the opportunity to work with chronic pain in an interdisciplinary environment, treat various orthopaedic/musculoskeletal disorders, and participate in primary care of the uninsured and low -income patient population.  The other 80% of their treatment time for DUPTS is in our fee-for-service facilities the DU Recreation Center and Parkway Health & Wellness.  These facilities service a general orthopaedic population from the DU community and surrounding Philadelphia area.  We are also the primary referral facility for Drexel Varsity Athletes, and DU Workers Compensation.  Since our patients on campus are primarily young, active and athletic, we partnered with other outpatient clinics that offer treatment to patients across the spectrum of orthopaedic physical therapy.

DUOPTR has affiliation agreements with Bucks Physical Therapy Sports Rehabilitation & Aquatics, and Strive Physical Therapy.  Both facilities have agreed to provide patient care opportunities for the residents 4-5 hours/week for 11 week periods.  Each resident will rotate through each facility and work with the expert mentors we have designated.  They will assist in treating the patients scheduled during their mentors’ treatment time.  Outside of scheduled clinic time, residents will spend time with physicians during office hours and in surgery.  They will observe the medical clinical decision making process with regard to the utilization of physical therapy services, surgery, medication/supplements, and referral to other health care practitioners.  The residents will have the opportunity during surgical observation to become familiar with techniques and devices/materials typically used in orthopaedic surgery.  This experience will enhance their ability to discuss how those procedures affect the rehabilitation process.

Throughout the year, the residents will treat any patients presenting to our facilities and our partners clinics.  All efforts will be made to schedule patients needed so that residents achieve the percentage of populations required under the current Description of Specialty Practice.  The residents will provide monthly statistics about the patients they are seeing in all clinics to the Director of the Orthopedic PT Residency.  The Director will monitor and make suggestions to scheduling staff and our partners to direct appropriate patients to the residents’ schedules.

Residents Schedule during the Winter Quarter - Example (Click on image to enlarge):

Drexel University’s Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is proud to partner with Bucks Physical Therpy Sports Rehabilitation & Aquatics and Strive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation. These partnerships provide our residents with the opportunity for more diverse patient experiences across the range of outpatient orthopaedic clientele. Eachpartner provides opportunities for our residents to work with selected Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists and other experts within their organizations.