Sara Cristello, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
OMPT Fellowship Program Coordinator
In collaboration with the University of North Florida, Brooks IHL offers an ABPTRFE credentialed Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT). The program provides an eclectic, evidence based educational experience for individuals interested in attaining highly specialized skills in the practice area of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. The focus of this program is on developing expert practitioners who are fluent with clinical reasoning algorithms and highly skilled with performing advanced psychomotor techniques.
What is a PT Fellowship?
According to the APTA, a clinical fellowship is a planned program of post-professional clinical and classroom education for physical therapists. Fellows are frequently post-residency prepared or board-certified specialists. A fellowship program must possess a curriculum that: is focused, with advanced clinical and didactic instruction within a subspecialty area of practice; is intensive and includes extensive mentored clinical experience; and provides a sufficient and appropriate patient population to create an environment for advanced clinical skill building.
Who is eligible to apply for a Fellowship Program?
Since a fellowship is an advanced level of training, the expectation is that an individual would have completed a residency that coincides with the sub-specialty focus of the fellowship program. However, an individual could demonstrate that their professional development experiences, over a period of time, have provided them with the requisite level of skill for the fellowship program. Individuals interested in pursuing the fellowship should contact Dr. Robert Rowe at Robert.Rowe@brooksrehab.org to learn more about the specifics of the process.
Summary of Training
The OMPT Fellowship program is 2 years in length and begins in June of each year. This program is a full time “immersion” into the professional practice of OMPT, so the individuals enrolled will be practicing within Brooks Rehabilitation during the course of the program. The primary training offered within the program consists of didactic classes, clinical mentoring and supervision, and directed learning activities. Success in the program will be measured by both written and practical exams; assessment of patient outcomes; and both formal and informal assessment for all required aspects of the program.