Orthopedic Residency Program

Our mission is to provide advanced clinical education that accelerates the professional development of an orthopedic physical therapist. We aspire to develop highly skilled patient care providers, competent consumers of the scientific literature, and life-long learners.

Program Overview

Program Highlights:

  • Application via RF-PTCAS deadline on March 1st.
  • Application: Resume / CV, 3 references, 2 stage interview
  • Program begins in August each year
  • Length of Program: 12 months
  • Employment: Full Time
  • Compensation: Resident salary = $75,000 per yr plus full benefits.
  • Residents who are employed for a minimum of 32 hours/week receive a full benefit package
  • 240 hours of didactic education (120 hours classroom / lab and 120 hour independent study).
  • 150 hours of one-on-one clinical mentoring.
  • approx 1700 hours of clinical practice
  • At least 8 hours per month of group practice required.
  • Teaching presentation.
Program Benefits:

  • Small group classroom and lab instruction.
  • Independent study monographs.
  • Ongoing one-on-one clinical mentoring while treating patients.
  • Training in evidence based guidelines and advanced clinical practice.
  • Focused skill building on evaluation, treatment, and clinical reasoning.
  • Preparation for Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) board exam.

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Classroom Faculty

Joe Godges

Joe Godges

Didactic education is provided to Agile by Joe Godges through a partnership with USC. Dr. Godges recently joined USC in a part-time position where his primary focus is to support clinical residency and fellowship programs and the professional development of clinical instructors through high quality continuing education. Joe will be coordinating the efforts of USC to provide the didactic instruction to support the expanding number of clinical residency and fellowship programs across the nation as well as to meet the needs of physical therapist seeking cutting edge post-graduate clinical education. This instruction will be provided in a classroom and lab facility near LAX that is designated solely to provide professional development for therapists using both a weekend format for therapists within driving distance as well as modular, consecutive day formats, for therapists traveling to Los Angeles for a block of concentrated training.

In addition to his activities with USC, Joe is the ICF-based Clinical Practice Guidelines Coordinator for the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA, Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. In addition, Joe is the Coordinator of Clinical Education and Practice for OptimusCorp, a company that provides software and practice management support for outpatient orthopaedic and sports physical therapy private practices. Previously, Joe was the coordinator of the physical therapy clinical residency and fellowship programs for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. He has also served terms on the Orthopaedic Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, on the APTA s Committee on Clinical Residency and Fellowship Credentialing, and on the Orthopaedic Section s Board of Directors. Joe was among the first group of 26 clinical specialists in orthopaedic physical therapy, originally certified in 1989.