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Program Summary

Residency Program Informational Flyer

This is an exciting opportunity for a physical therapist with a strong interest develop advanced orthopedic clinical skills and gain exposure to teaching during this 1-year paid residency (12-month, full-time VA employment with benefits). Residents treat patients with orthopedic problems approximately 30 hours/week with mentoring sessions from Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists two-four hours/week. Education is enhanced through two hours/week didactic coursework as well as participation in monthly specialty clinics. Professional development of instructional skills will occur at UWM through lecture and lab opportunities in the DPT program and through the UWM Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The one-year program will start in July of each year with an application deadline in early January and decisions made mid-March. Milwaukee VAMC Orthopedic Residency Program is an ABPTRFE developing program. Candidacy status is anticipated by January 2022 and signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Residents who successfully complete an accredited program will be eligible to take the Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) exam through the APTA

Program Mission

Cultivate orthopedic clinicians who will be challenged to achieve vast growth in professional development through mentorship, advanced clinical training, scholarly activities, didactic and teaching opportunities. Guiding these physical therapy residents into evidence-based expert clinicians who are leaders in the field of orthopedic physical therapy practice exemplifying VHA’s core ICARE values: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence.

Interested applicants can apply for this residency through the Milwaukee VAMC Orthopedic Residency Program link.

Contact for further information: VA PT Residency Program Director: Christina.Kowalski@va.gov

UWM PT Orthopedic Residency Program Coordinator: huddlest@uwm.edu


Phone: 414-229-3360
Fax: 414-229-3366

For admissions questions, email 

Wendy E. Huddleston, PT, PhD
Program Director

Christina Kowalski
VA PT Residency Program Director