Prepare outstanding health professionals

Our Orthopedic Residency Program is committed to developing physical therapists who demonstrate clinical expertise in orthopedic practice, a dedication to teaching, and a passion for service to the profession and community. Through our program you will experience a variety of patient care, mentoring, educational, research, observation and teaching opportunities.

Program Overview

We are currently accepting two Residents annually. This 12 month Residency Program begins August 1 and goes  through July 31 the following year.

Opportunities Provided Throughout the Residency Program:

  • Teaching CUW students across multiple disciplines
  • Assisting with Continuing Education courses
  • Preparation for OCS Examination
  • Preparation for advanced manual therapy credentials
  • Direct patient care at a collaborative Aurora Health Care Facility
  • Physician Shadowing opportunity in clinic & surgery
  • 1:1 clinic mentoring one afternoon/ week
  • Collaborative Research opportunities with faculty


  • Flexible on-line lectures and learning modules through Blackboard
  • Face-to-face lab experiences at CUW
  • Supplemental local, weekend continuing education courses
  • Routine access to faculty and mentor

Employee Benefits:

  • Clinic Pay/ Stipend through Aurora Healthcare is commensurate with experience @ 36 hrs/wk
  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Paid Holidays and PTO of approximately 3 weeks/year
  • Disability/ Life Insurance
  • Retirement options
  • Opportunities for Tuition Reimbursement

For additional information, please contact:

Dale Gerke, PT, MPT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT 
Director of CUW Orthopedic Residency Program
What to Expect

Upon completion of the residency program, residents will excel as orthopedic physical therapy practitioners, work collaboratively with other members of the health care team, and educate current and future health care providers regarding orthopedic related content.

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