Our Movement System Clinical Fellowship promotes physical therapists’ ability to effectively diagnose and treat movement impairment syndromes.


Physical therapists leave this one-year, intensive program with the advanced skills necessary to critically and systematically diagnose movement impairment syndromes, select effective interventions, and facilitate patients’ achievement of optimal functional status.

The program provides excellent training for professional physical therapists interested in attaining specialized skills in the practice of orthopedic physical therapy. Because the fellowship is offered through a regional mentoring program, physical therapists can receive the comprehensive fellowship training without relocating.

Washington University Faculty Mentors

Mary Kate McDonnell, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. McDonnell is an active member of APTA’s Orthopedic section and a member of the ABPTRFE Accreditation Services Council. Her clinical interests include musculoskeletal pain syndromes with an emphasis on conditions of the upper quarter. Dr. McDonnell is board certified in orthopedics.

Suzy Cornbleet, PT, DPT
Dr. Cornbleet has been a Washington University faculty member for 35 years. Her clinical interests focus on treatment of musculoskeletal problems in children and adults.


Fellows receive part-time instruction from mentors trained in treating patients with movement impairment-based diagnoses. Fellows also complete online coursework and travel to St. Louis four times for in-depth mentoring, education, and testing by Washington University faculty. The program start date is August 1st and the end date is July 31st.

The curriculum is broken down as follows:

  • 150 hours of one-on-one training, distributed over one year, at approved clinical site.
  • Monthly mentoring sessions via phone or video conference with Washington University fellows and faculty mentors
  • Approximately 100 hours of online learning about:
    • Motor Impairment
    • Motor Learning
    • Muscle Physiology
    • Radiology
    • Medical Screening
    • Tissue Mechanics
    • Posture and Gait
    • Ergonomics
  • Four Education Sessions will be held in St. Louis throughout the Fellowship year. Sessions will include one-on-one mentoring sessions with Washington University faculty and educational opportunities. Fellows are required to attend all four sessions.
    • August 6-9, 2021
    • October 1-5, 2021
    • January 14-17, 2022
    • June 3-5, 2022

Tuition is $10,000.00

Program Outcomes

The Movement System Fellowship was established in 2007. Thirty-seven out of thirty-eight have successfully graduated from our program. One hundred percent of graduates from the 2017/2018 cohort have successfully contributed to education regarding the movement system in their communities.