Frequently Asked Questions

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Stephen Kareha, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CMP, CSCS, Director
St. Luke's University Health Network Orthopaedic Residency 
What are the outcomes of this program?
•    Number of Graduates: 16
•    100% of Graduates have passed the OCS Exam
•    75% of all Graduates have chosen to stay at St. Luke’s after graduation
•    63% 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 4 hours per week 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?
The resident will be expected to treat 80% of the patients that a full-time employee sees as you have limited clinical hours. The patients are scheduled on half hour blocks to maintain a high quality of care.
Am I able to survive financially during the residency?
Participating in any residency will be some kind of financial sacrifice, although the long term benefit exceeds the short-term salary reduction. Additionally, there are opportunities available to work additional hours to supplement your income. There are also options through most federal loan providers which make taking a temporary drop in pay more manageable. One option is deferment in which you would not be expected to pay on your loans while in residency but your interest would still accumulate. Other options include income driven repayment plans. 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.
  • Exclusively 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 3 different mentors throughout the course of the year to give varying perspectives on clinical practice
  • Numerous outside clinic experiences with healthcare professionals, including physicians of multiple specialties (orthopaedic surgeons, family medicine, pain management, urgent care) to develop professional relationships and communication skills
  • Large number of clinicians with OCS credentialing contributing to residency program and mentoring sessions