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Orthopedic Residency

Orthopedic Residency

U.S. News and World Report logoThe Medical University of South Carolina / Palmetto Health Orthopedics / Roper - ATI Physical Therapy Clinical Residency has obtained full accreditation from ABPTRFE. The MUSC/ Palmetto Health/Roper-ATI Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a joint collaboration between the Division of Physical Therapy at MUSC, Palmetto Health Orthopedics, and Roper Physical Therapy, powered by ATI. To learn more about physical therapy residencies.

The orthopedic physical therapy residency has residents who are employees of either: Palmetto Health Orthopedics, a nonprofit health care system in Columbia, South Carolina or Roper-ATI, a group of out-patient physical therapy clinics in South Carolina. Residents must be accepted as an employee at one of the clinical members as well as to the residency. Application to both the residency and for employment with the clinic will need to be submitted. To be accepted and matriculate into the residency, the applicant must be hired by the clinical partner.

The didactic curriculum is delivered primarily through video teleconferencing, recorded videos, and assigned readings. Some didactic and laboratory skills course work is shared with the MUSC Neurological Physical Therapy Residency. In addition, residents must come to the MUSC campus 6 to 7 times during the 1-year residency program to attend weekend intensive courses. 

The faculty of the residency include faculty in the Division of Physical Therapy at MUSC and experienced specialist clinicians. Faculty working with residents include certified hand therapists, orthopedic radiologists, dentists, surgeons, and OCS/SCS certified physical therapists. 

The clinical mentorships are conducted by board certified clinical specialists (OCS) and entail a minimum of 160 hours of clinical mentoring as defined by the ABPTRFE. In addition, the resident will have clinical skills check offs that are to be completed at the mentoring site, and must successfully complete three live patient examination and treatment session examinations (one with the upper quarter, one with the lower quarter, and one with the spine or craniomandibular region). The resident will also have reports/papers to write regarding evidence based practice, and several projects to complete including a scholarly project.

The curriculum is divided into five modules: Foundations, Upper Quarter, Lower Quarter, Spine/Pelvic Girdle/Craniomandibular, and Projects. The Foundations and Projects modules occur over the duration of the residency, while the three modules based on body region are of approximately 2 to 3 months duration each. 

Admission Requirements

To apply to this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated from a CAPTE approved physical therapy program.
  • Have a license to practice in South Carolina, or are eligible for a license.
  • Have begun the application process for employment with the clinical partner(s).

Application to the residency is made through RFPTCAS

Contact information for Palmetto Health Orthopedics

Karen Steele, PT, MSR, OCS

Contact information for Roper-ATI

Jim Stoker, PT, MS, SCS, CSCS


David Morrisette, PT, Ph.D., OCS, ATC, FAAOMPT
Professor and Director, Division of Physical Therapy