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Residency Program grows to six students

Dr. Levsen instructing students

June 2014

In 2015, the Orthopaedic Clinical Residency will expand to six students and add two new facilities. Currently the program has four residents who all manage patients at Rock Valley Physical Therapy (RVPT) and receive formal mentoring from RVPT orthopaedic clinical specialists. The residents complete advanced level course work at St. Ambrose University. 

Starting in 2013, the curriculum of the residency program was adjusted with the majority of the didactic work being completed through weekend and evening courses. This allowed the residents more time for patient care, but also created a situation where practicing clinicians could participate in the weekend courses, the Orthopedic Course Series, for continuing education.

The courses have a focus on advanced clinical skills and critical thinking for therapists in the orthopaedic setting. To date, more than 75 physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have taken continuing education courses through our Orthopaedic Course Series. Full information about the course series can be found on our website.

In 2015, the residency program will expand to six students. Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, and Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill., will each employ and mentor one resident. The primary mentors for the residents at these facilities will be Janelle (Miglio) Smith and Emily (Glynn) Pierson who are 2007 graduates of the residency program.

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