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Program Educational Components

CAATE Accredited Program
  • Clinical and administrative responsibilities related to patient-centered care
    • Orthopedics, sports medicine, primary care sports medicine, extremities, family practice, and primary care settings
    • Evaluations completed after each clinical rotation
  • Radiology education: radiographs and advanced imaging (8 weeks)
    • Didactic and one-on-one with St. Luke's MSK radiologists
    • Participation in monthly radiology MSK grand rounds
  • Operating room assisting: didactic and application (full program)
    • Complete OR curriculum designed by St. Luke's OR education, didactic, skills labs, and assessment of skills
    • Training with St. Luke's OR education team, St. Luke's Sports Medicine orthopedic providers, and PA-Cs
  • Diagnostic ultrasound training
    • Didactic and one-on-one training with St. Luke's Sports Medicine physician preceptor (6 weeks)
    • Review educational materials related to intervention and diagnostic ultrasound
  • Casting application and techniques
    • Didactic and one-on-one with clinical casting specialists
  • DME application and techniques
    • Didactic and one-on-one training with CME clinical specialist
    • Residency rotation in DME: business of DME, CMS compliance
  • Question of the week (QoW) presentations (~24x annually)
    • In collaboration with the St. Luke's Physical Therapy SCS residency
    • Evidence-based, epidemiologic presentation of common and complex orthopedic pathologies
    • Presentations to St. Luke's AT and PT residency faculty and staff
  • Case study presentations
    • Quarterly presentations in collaboration with St. Luke's PT SCS residency
    • Presentations to St. Luke's orthopedic faculty and staff
  • Participation in St. Luke's monthly sports medicine conferences series
    • Case study #3 presented at monthly sports medicine conference
  • Participation and/or attendance at conferences sponsored by St. Luke's Sports Medicine
  • Representation of St. Luke's Sports Medicine at designated athletic venues by providing medical coverage
  • Exposure to rehabilitation concepts throughout patient care
  • Professional studies research/conferences
    • Residents are provided the opportunity to attend local, regional, and national conferences
    • Residents are required to choose and work research topics during their residency. They are required to submit for one publication or presentation upon completion of the program.

Physician Clinic Rotation

Working directly with physicians, you'll learn:

  • How to complete an appropriate medical history on each patient, including:
    • History of injury or condition
    • Mechanism of injury
    • Primary complaint
    • Pain assessment
    • Current treatments
    • Past medical history
    • Associated factors of injury (Quality of Life)
    • Review of medications and allergies
  • How to perform an appropriate physical examination on each patient, including:
    • Range of motion/palpation
    • Strength/manual muscle
    • Sensation/motor testing
    • Functional testing
    • Ligamentous testing
    • Special tests
  • Proper ordering of diagnostic studies or other referrals:
    • Radiographs/MRI
    • EMG studies
    • CT scans
    • Diagnostic/interventional ultrasounds
    • Lab/specimen orders
    • Physician referrals
  • How to educate patients and answer questions according to their individual needs, including:
    • Therapeutic exercise instruction and education
    • Personalized plan of care
  • Application and removal of casting materials
  • DME fitting of patient with splints, crutches, braces, wraps, and other various equipment directed by the attending physicians; as well as instruction and education for the patient on the appropriate use of the equipment 
  • Post-operative procedures: removing sutures and changing post-operative bandages as directed by physician
  • Preparation of patients for diagnostic ultrasounds, including proper draping, set-up of ultrasound, stocked necessities (alcohol swabs, ultrasound gel), and patient input into ultrasound
  • Preparation for ultrasound interventions, including intra-articular injections and calcific lavage procedures, preparation of patient (refer to diagnostic ultrasound procedures), medications, syringes, and other items required by attending physician
  • How to prepare patients for injections to be performed by the attending physician, including cleaning and disinfecting the area to be injected both prior to and after the injection