Frequently Asked Questions

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Please contact us with any additional questions:

Stephen Kareha, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CMP, CSCS, Director
St. Luke's University Health Network Orthopaedic Residency
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What are the outcomes of this program?
•    Number of Graduates: 16
•    100% of Graduates have passed the OCS Exam
•    83% of all Graduates have chosen to stay at St. Luke’s after graduation
•    71% of all Graduates are in leadership positions
What is experiential learning?
Experiential learning consists of diverse observational and interactive learning experiences throughout the St. Luke's University Health Network. You will be observing and interacting with many different types of physicians and residents from family practice, urgent care, pain management, radiology, and orthopaedics. It is important to be able to feel comfortable speaking with other professions and physicians as well as be an advocate for physical therapy. Other events that fall on experiential learning days include observing various practitioners of physical therapy, journal club, research, psychomotor development, and grand rounds.
What does mentor time look like?
Mentor time is scheduled 5 hours weekly and is reserved on the schedule. Your mentor will work with you as you treat patients to ensure proper clinical reasoning, skill acquisition, constructive feedback, and psychomotor development. There are four different mentors throughout the year so you are able to have four different experiences with clinicians of various backgrounds to aid in self-development.
What is the typical caseload for a resident?
Patients are scheduled to maximize a 1:1 patient care and foster a learning environment. Residents are expected to evaluate and manage patients 36 hours/week.
Am I able to survive financially during the residency?
We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package for our residents. When it comes to student loan repayment, there are options for deferment and income driven repayment plans throgh most federal loan providers for the duration of the program. For more information, contact your student loan provider.
What makes this program unique?
The educational aspect of the residency is the ability to become a certified clinical instructor and teach a student. The resident must be comfortable and confident enough in their skills to undertake and instruct a student. This residency is in house which means the schedule of the week is scheduled around the resident and takes place within the St. Luke's University Health Network for one full calendar year. There is minimal remote or online learning and the class, mentor-time, and experiential learning are live. The ability to observe with multiple health professions and learn about hospital operations throughout the spectrum through experiential learning is what sets this residency apart from others.
  • In-house residency structure
  • Designated mentor hours weekly with 1:1 instruction and real time feedback
  • Clinical instructor credentialing provided with subsequent physical therapy student during residency year
  • Weekly class in specific body region to review up to date concepts and practice hands on skills in lab
  • Opportunity to work with 4 different mentors throughout the course of the year to give varying perspectives on clinical practice
  • Weekly outside clinic experiences with healthcare professionals, including physicians of multiple specialties (orthopaedic surgeons, family medicine, pain management, radiology, etc.) to develop professional relationships and communication skills
  • Large number of highly accessible faculty with diverse expertise and credentialing to the class and mentoring sessions