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Sports Residency Curriculum
Example Weekly Calendar:
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Observe Knee Orthopedist:
7:30-12PM

Treat Sports & Orthopedic Patients:
1-3PM
Student Mentoring & Treatments: 4-7PM
Observe Knee Orthopedist in Surgery: 7:30-12PM

Training Room/Football & Treatments:
1-6:30PM
Treat Sports & Orthopedic Patients:
1-3PM
Student Mentoring & Treatments: 4-7PM

Sports Injury Screening Clinic:
7-8:30PM

Observe Physiatrist:
8-12PM

Meeting with Residency Director/Chart Reviews:
12:30-1:45PM

Training Room/Football & Treatments: 2-6:30PM

Administration Time:
9-12:30PM

Treat Sports & Orthopedic Patients:
1-3PM
Student Mentoring & Treatments: 4-7PM

High School Football Game Coverage with Physician:
7-9:30PM
The residency includes mentored clinical practice in the following areas of physical therapy; evaluation and treatment of the spine and extremities with emphasis on the knee and shoulder, on the field management of athletic injuries, and rehabilitation of athletes off the field. Residents will be exposed to various practice models through a combination of internal and external clinical experiences. There are structured learning opportunities with physicians in office visits and surgical observations in the following areas: shoulder, knee, foot and ankle, wrist and hand, and podiatry. The resident will also have responsibility for supervision of DPT students (2:1 CI model) in the UD PT Clinic and participate in journal club, case rounds, specialty clinic, Club Sports & Performing Arts Screening Clinic, and a resident’s case study publication. Teaching opportunities in the DPT program include assisting with Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment, as well as Anatomy, and emergency first response. Other opportunities exist, e.g. participation in scholarly activities, presentations, publications, etc.

University of Delaware Sports Residency Program
Description of Units

The residency is organized around units related to body parts and other sports content areas.  The learning objectives are related to knowledge areas, practice dimensions and procedures.   The learning objectives are universal to the entire 13.5 month program while the content area “units” provide the framework to break down the vast areas of expertise into individual focus areas.

Sports Residency Learning Units                                                                                                                                  

  1. Introduction and Orientation to Facilities                        1 months     
    1. Strength & Conditioning Class
  2. Contact Sports and Trauma                                              Varied over 12 months     
    1. Evaluation and Differential Diagnoses
      1. Football Rotation
      2. Rugby Tournaments and Coverage
      3. Lacrosse Rotation
      4. Men's Basketball Rotation
      5. Soccer Rotation
      6. Figure Skating Rotation
      7. Training Room Exposure
      8. Sports Injury Screenings
      9. Pre Participation Physicals
      10. Wrestling Tournament
      11. Running Consultations
  3. Knee Module                                                                      2 months     
    1. Medical/Surgical Decision-making and Management
      (Knee Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon)
    2. Procedural Intervention Diagnostics
      (Knee Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon)
    3. Evaluation/Advanced Treatment
      (General Lower Extremity PT Managment with a Certified Specialist PT)
  4. Foot and Ankle Module                                                      2 months     
    1. Medical/Surgical Decision-making and Management
      (Foot and Ankle Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon and Foot and Ankle Specialist Podiatrist)
    2. Procedural Intervention Diagnostics
      (Foot and Ankle Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon and Foot and Ankle Specialist Podiatrist)
    3. Evaluation/Advanced Treatment
      (PT Orthotic Evaluation and Prescription with Podiatrist and Certified Specialist PT)
  5. Shoulder Module                                                              1 month        
    1. Medical/Surgical Decision-making and Management
      (Shoulder Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon)
    2. Procedural Intervention Diagnostics
      (Shoulder Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon)
    3. Evaluation/Advanced Treatment
      (Shoulder Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon and Certified Specialist PT)
  6. Sports Medicine Module                                                 1 month        
    1. Evaluation and Differential Medical Decision-making
      (Sports Medicine Primary Care Physician)
    2. Return to Play Decision-making
      (Sports Medicine Primary Care Physician and Athletic Trainers)
  7. Hand Rotation                                                                 1 month        
    1. Medical/Surgical Decision-making and Management
      (Hand Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon)
    2. Procedural Intervention Diagnostics
      (Hand Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon)
    3. Evaluation/Advanced Treatment
      (Certified Hand Specialist PT)
  8. Spine Module                                                                  1 month        
    1. Medical/Surgical Decision-making and Management
    2. Procedural Intervention Diagnostics
      (Physiatrist)
    3. Evaluation/Advanced Treatment
      (Spine Class Review and TA with Certified Specialist PT)
  9. Review and General Sports & Orthopedic                         3.5 months               Treatment & Mentoring        
    1. Medical/Surgical Decision-making and Management
      (Knee and Shoulder Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon)
    2. Procedural Intervention Diagnostics
      (Knee and Shoulder Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon)
    3. Evaluation/Advanced Treatment
      (Knee and Shoulder Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon and
      Certified Specialist PT and Aquatic PT)
      (General Sports and Orthopedic Treatment and Mentoring)
    4. Mentoring of New Incoming Resident

Annual Activity- Not “Unit” Related

  1. Progression of Diagnostic/Prognostic Training                          
    1. General Sports & Orthopedic Physical Therapy at UD PT Clinic     12-20 hrs/wk
      with Certified Specialist PTs in Orthopedics and Sports
    2. Strength and Conditioning Class
    3. Nutrition Class
    4. Orthopedic Class TA
    5. Radiology Class 
  2. Application of Scholarly Activity                                                             Varies
    1. Peer Reviewed Publications
    2. National Presentations
    3. Physical Therapy Practice Guideline Development    
    4. Sports Journal Clubs and Orthopedic Case Rounds                       5 hrs/month

 

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