BenchMark Kicks Off Orthopaedic Residency Program

Friday, June 14, 2013

BenchMark Physical Therapy has celebrated the kick-off of the BenchMark Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. The 22 physical therapists were joined by the Residency staff and faculty members, including the director of the Residency Program, Derek Clewley, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, as well as Senior Management team members. The baseball themed-kick-off event was held to celebrate the start of the program, which officially begins June 30.

These residents are already clinicians having completed a doctoral program; many hold advanced certifications in manual therapy and other specialties. 

While in the program, residents will go through 18-months of education, training, and mentoring in preparation to successfully sit for the board exam and become Orthopaedic Certified Specialists. Residents will participate in online courses, as well as hands-on labs taught by a trained faculty, including leaders in the field of physical therapy. In addition, each resident is paired with a board certified mentor who will provide one-to-one training and mentoring throughout their residency.

“Orthopaedic certified specialist have been shown to be more efficient, using fewer visits, less cost and requiring fewer procedures,” says Clewley. According to Clewley, BenchMark currently employees 27 orthopaedic certified specialists with 23 sitting for the board exam this month.

“The result for our patients is more effective interventions and improved outcomes,” added Clewley saying that BenchMark has long placed a high priority on the best advanced education for their clinicians in order to provide superior care." 

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