Curriculum

  • One-on-one clinical mentorship during management of the resident’s patients is a key component of the USC Orthopedic Residency Program. A typical week includes 4 hours of mentored clinical physical therapy practice in and 4 hours of mentoring with physicians as they see their patients. Residents will have the opportunity to spend 5 to 10 hours per week as a teaching assistant in the entry-level DPT Program courses. The remaining hours are divided into diverse didactic work, including two one-week course modules early in the program, along with 2-3 weekends of instruction. In addition there are weekly literature reviews and instruction in theory and techniques.

    In total, our program provides three times the minimum instructional hours and a third more PT mentor hours (200 1-on-1 hours with a PT) than is the minimum requirement for APTA credentialing. This does not include the 200 hours spent with a physician, or the time spent teaching, both of which are beyond the minimal APTA requirements.