ABPTRFE has granted Washington University candidacy status.

Application Requirements include: 

  • Completed Application
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 
  • PT License OR in progress of graduating from a DPT program
  • Official Transcript from PT or DPT Program
  • CV or Resume that includes:
    • Clinical Experiences 
    • Professional Experiences
    • Awards/Honors
  • Three Letters of Recommendation- 1 Academic and 1 Clinical Reference are preferred
    • Please instruct letter writers that you have selected them and that Washington University will contact them regarding their recommendations once your application is complete.
  • Three Essay Questions (One page limit, per essay):
    • Explain your knowledge of the Movement System. Please explain why you believe learning movement-based diagnoses will benefit your career in orthopedics. 
    • Life as a resident can be somewhat demanding. Please discuss how your background and professional experiences qualifies you to deal with some of the stressors of a residency.
    • Why do you feel it is important to complete a residency in orthopedics? How do you hope you will utilize your residency experience to progress and lead the profession in the future?

The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or a physical therapist with one year of work experience, a primary interest in outpatient orthopedics, and a strong letter of recommendation from an outpatient orthopedic clinical instructor. Applicants should also have a desire to learn the movement system. All applicants must have graduated from a CAPTE- approved school.

The 2023-2024 Orthopedic Residency Program application deadline is April 1, 2024. Please contact PT-OrthoRes@email.wustl.edu if you have questions regarding the 2024-2025 Residency Program.

Candidates will be extended interview request following a committee review. Interviews for selected applicants will be held mid-April. Offers are extended shortly following candidate interviews.

Admissions Process

The admissions committee reviews all applications. Applicants considered suitable candidates are asked to interview with the committee, Program Director, Program Coordinator, Clinical Director, Education Director, and mentors. After interviews are completed, the admissions committee reviews the applicants and offers the residency to the best candidates. For the 2024 cohort, we will be accepting up to 2 candidates. The desired candidate is asked to respond to the offer within one week.

Please contact PT-OrthoRes@email.wustl.edu if you have any questions.