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The curriculum of this fellowship program is designed to provide physical therapists with advanced training in clinical reasoning, examination, treatment and management of patients with orthopaedics and sports related injuries.

Program Overview

The clinical and didactic education corresponds with the requirements set forth by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). This fellowship program utilizes a broad ­based, eclectic curriculum that aims to provide graduates with the ability to apply advanced orthopaedic manual therapy techniques combined with advanced skills in movement analysis, motor control, and biomechanics to the injured population. In addition, the program provides training on mentoring so as to develop graduates with the ability to train at a post-professional residency and fellowship level.

ABPTRFE Accredited Program

Methods of instruction

The program utilizes several methods of instruction. The fellow will attend modules at the University of Southern California for didactic and laboratory instruction. A clinical faculty member provides accompanying lab instructions throughout the course of the fellowship. The fellow will receive further didactic study though independent study courses via an online platform. In addition to the various forms of didactic and laboratory education, the fellow will also receive direct supervision during patient care hours and interactions with a clinical faculty member.


577 Hours of Instructional hours

  • USC Spine Rehabilitation Seminar Series
  • USC Sports Rehabilitation Seminar Series
  • Extremity and Spine Lab Sessions with OMPT Faculty
  • Movement Analysis Sessions with OMPT Faculty
  • Fellow Lab Sessions Instructing and TA for Ortho Residents (5 weekend modules)

447 Hours of Clinical Mentoring hours

  • 150 hours of 1:1 mentorships
  • Clinical reasoning / problem solving with focus on pain science
  • Clinical reasoning / problem solving with focus on movement science
  • Guided Ortho residency mentorships by the fellow

1,625 Hours of clinical practice with diverse diagnoses

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have completed a residency in orthopaedic or sports physical therapy from an APTA credentialed residency program and/or have attained status as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic or Sports Physical Therapy (OCS or SCS)
  • Hold a valid California Physical Therapy License
  • Comply with all Agile Physical Therapy employment requirements
  • Applications can be submitted via RF-PTCAS due March 1

Fellowship Facts

  • Fellowship Program begins annually each September and runs for 12 months
  • Zero tuition
  • Fellow(s) are employed for a minimum of 32 hours/week
  • 1:1 Patient care with 45 minute Evaluations and Follow Up Visits


Program Graduation Rate:

  • Since 2016:
    • Enrolled: 5 Fellows in Training
    • Graduated: 5 Fellows
Program Director
Jen-Hao Chen

Jen-Hao Chen, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS


Clinical Sites

Sunnyvale Location (Sutter)

Palo Alto Location (Sutter)

San Carlos Location (Sutter)

San Mateo Location (Agile Physical Therapy)

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