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Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

This residency program designed in collaboration with The George Washington University prepares residents to apply for the orthopaedic specialty certification and positions them for advancement along the clinical ladder. Through our 13-month residency program with one-on-one mentoring, residents will advance their ability in examination, evaluation and plan of care development for patients with musculoskeletal-related impairments. The program will challenge residents' clinical reasoning and effectiveness as educators within both a clinical and academic setting.

Duration: 13 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: December 30, 2022
Interview decision: January 6, 2023
Interview: January 27, 2023
Program start: July 17, 2023
Clinic locations: Green Spring Station in Lutherville, Charter Drive in Columbia, White Marsh Surgery Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, acac Fitness & Wellness Center in Timonium and The George Washington University (non-clinical site; teaching experience)
Number of graduates: 30 graduates since 2013
First-time specialty exam pass rate: 96%
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Overall, I know completing this residency is one of the best decisions I've made. In particular, the teaching component and mentors are top notch. They have provided a constant learning environment, which not only encourages me to be the best I can be, but also pushes me to stay on my game 24/7.

- Holli Flippo, class of 2017

Program Features

The residency includes the following units:

  • Intensive classroom and independent study modules
  • Experience treating in an outpatient orthopaedic setting
  • One-on-one clinical mentoring by board-certified orthopaedic specialists
  • Opportunities to serve as an instructor in an entry-level physical therapy program

Curriculum

  • 1,500 hours of independent clinical practice: all residents provide direct patient care as Johns Hopkins employees at least 28 hours/week for 48 weeks.
  • 357 hours of didactic education:
    • 136 hours of classroom/lab instruction
      • 96 hours: 4x3-day didactic weekends
      • 40 hours: weekly lecture/labs throughout the year 
    • 221 hours of independent study.
  • 250 hours as a classroom/teaching assistant at The George Washington University: 3-8 hours/week instructing entry-level physical therapy students in facilitating competencies (variability dependent upon semester, course and academic calendar).
  • 200 hours of 1:1 mentorship: 150 hours supervision while treating patients and 50 hours of academic mentorship.
  • Additional learning opportunities as assigned: Grand Rounds, physician shadowing, journal club and research development program.

Residency Program Director

Ryan Cummings, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Email: rcummi15@jhmi.edu
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Residency Program Coordinator

Eric Mahabir, PT, DPT, OCS

Email: emahabi1@jhmi.edu
Eric Mahabir

Current Residents | Class of 2022

  • Jeff Adams, PT, DPT

    Undergraduate school: University of Virginia, B.A. in sociology and B.A. in English language and literature
    Graduate school: University of Missouri, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Sandston, Virginia
    Professional interests: orthopedics, manual therapy, sports performance, gait and running analysis
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because the residency program provides the balance between expert mentorship, teaching opportunities and professional development that I was seeking for my post-professional education. The specialized orthopedic training through Johns Hopkins will better enable me to mentor future students and to provide optimal patient-centered care throughout my career.
    What I like about Baltimore: I am new to the area, but I have enjoyed trips to the Inner Harbor and hiking trails around Columbia. As an actor and singer, I look forward to exploring the fantastic arts scene in the Baltimore area.
    portrait of Jeff Adams
  • Rashi Anand, PT, DPT

    Undergraduate school: Franklin and Marshall College, B.A. in biology
    Graduate school: The George Washington University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    Professional interests: orthopedics, performing arts, sports performance, manual therapy, chronic pain
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose the Johns Hopkins orthopedic residency program for the ample opportunities offered through working for a massive healthcare system including interdisciplinary networking, one-on-one mentorship and the pedagogical experiences gained through teaching a class of second year doctor of physical therapy students. Additionally, I chose this residency program for its emphasis on patient-centered care and the use of the virtues of evidence-informed practice to guide treatment interventions.
    What I like about Baltimore: I hope to explore more of the city throughout the residency, however, I do enjoy the diversity in food options, the harbor and the famous Baltimore National Aquarium. I also like that it is so close to Washington, D.C.
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  • Kinross Obiefule, PT, DPT

    Undergraduate school: Seton Hill University, B.A. in sciences
    Graduate school: Clarkson University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
    Professional interests: orthopedics, sports, manual therapy
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I worked at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center as a physical medicine and rehabilitation technician and had the opportunity to witness quality care being provided to patients by the physical and occupational therapists that I worked with. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to complete a residency at Johns Hopkins after seeing firsthand the caliber of physical therapists that strived towards optimal patient care. Their systematic approach with each body region paired with one-on-one mentorship, teaching opportunities at The George Washington University and other professional opportunities creates an optimal environment for learning and growing as a clinician.
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Program Alumni

  • Gina Hisky, PT, DPT | Class of 2021

    Undergraduate school: Towson University, B.S. in exercise science
    Graduate school: University of Maryland, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Woodstock, Maryland
    Professional interests: orthopedics, sports performance, manual therapy, running assessment
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because I felt that I would receive the most individualized and specialized mentorship with this institution. The hands on care and one-to-one training that this program has is incomparable.
    What I like about Baltimore: Growing up local, I love everything about Baltimore! There is an endless amount of things to do: shopping, restaurants, running trails/exercise classes and the Ravens!
    portrait of Gina Hisky
  • Erin O'Donnell, PT, DPT | Class of 2021

    Undergraduate school: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in kinesiology
    Graduate school: Northwestern University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Mount Prospect, Illinois
    Professional interests: chronic pain management, low back pain, manual therapy
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose to complete my residency at Johns Hopkins because the physical therapists here are continually striving to improve their clinical skills and further our profession. I chose this program because of the extensive mentorship opportunities that it offers.
    portrait of Erin O'Donnell
  • Leanne Scott, PT, DPT | Class of 2021

    Undergraduate school: California State University, Chico; B.S. in exercise physiology
    Graduate school: The University of Vermont, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
    Professional interests: orthopedics, sports performance, manual therapy, gait and running analysis
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because it was clear the mentors are passionate about physical therapy and are truly invested in our professional development. In addition, the program offers a unique opportunity to teach at George Washington University, providing us with the experience and resources to take a formal role in academia in the future.
    What I like about Baltimore: I enjoy running along the inner harbor, and there are an infinite number of restaurants to try.
    portrait of Leanne Scott
  • Jacob Travis, PT, DPT | Class of 2021

    Undergraduate school: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; B.S. in kinesiology
    Graduate school: Emory University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
    Professional interests: sports performance, gait and running analysis, rehab psychology, manual therapy, EMG research
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I had the opportunity to intern at Johns Hopkins during physical therapy school, and after experiencing the incredibly supportive culture they've created here and witnessing the highest level of patient care I had ever seen, I knew this residency would be the best route for me to grow as a young clinician.
    What I like about Baltimore: Baltimore is big enough to have a lot of cool attractions and entertainment around but not so big that it's overwhelming. It's also one of the most underrated food cities in the country; I firmly stand behind that! And geographically, we're pretty centrally located in the Mid-Atlantic which means we're a reasonably short drive or train ride to a lot of major cities for quick weekend getaways.
    portrait of Jacob Travis
  • Monica Ziebart, PT, DPT | Class of 2021

    Undergraduate school: University of Arkansas; B.S. in kinesiology
    Graduate school: Emory University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
    Professional interests: orthopaedics, sports performance, vestibular, manual therapy
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose the Johns Hopkins program because they developed a residency program that is focused on fostering the education, clinical skills and confidence of their residents. They always make sure to emphasize the importance of patient care and ensure that all time spent treating and evaluating patients is 1:1. They also create an environment that caters to your special interests and provides you with an opportunities to teach at George Washington University.
    What I like about Baltimore: I love living so close to the harbor and being able to run near it everyday!
    portrait of Monica Ziebart
  • Heather Baeta, PT, DPT | Class of 2020

    Undergraduate school: University of Florida, B.S. in applied physiology and kinesiology with specialization in exercise physiology
    Graduate school: Emory University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Professional interests: orthopaedics, manual therapy, adolescent sports
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I completed a clinical rotation and administrative internship at Johns Hopkins as a student, and the staff was extremely supportive and encouraging to my learning process. I felt like Johns Hopkins would be the best place to receive continued mentorship in orthopedics. I also wanted to further develop my teaching skills, which is a unique opportunity offered in conjunction with George Washington University.
    What I like about Baltimore: I like participating in the intramural sports leagues and going to the First Thursday Festival — a free summer concert on the first Thursday of every month! I also like how close I am to different hiking and running trails.

    portrait of Heather Baeta
  • Emily Jurschak, PT, DPT | Class of 2020

    Undergraduate school: College of the Holy Cross, B.S. in psychology
    Graduate school: Columbia University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Professional interests: orthopaedics, sports performance, spine, ankle, shoulder
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: The residency program is truly committed to developing its residents as thoughtful, reflective and effective clinicians with the aid of its passionate and dedicated mentors. Johns Hopkins nurtures professional and personal growth through mentorship, research and teaching opportunities. Its teaching opportunities at George Washington University are truly unique and a great opportunity to explore different realms of the physical therapy world.
    What I like about Baltimore: The food, the Inner Harbor and the accents.

    portrait of Emily Jurschak
  • Megan Kudlac, PT, DPT | Class of 2020

    Undergraduate school: Walsh University, B.S. in biology
    Graduate school: Walsh University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Professional interests: orthopaedics, manual therapy, sports performance
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose the Johns Hopkins orthopaedic PT residency because of the vast number of experienced mentors in the residency program, the numerous opportunities available through the Hopkins network and the partnership with George Washington University where I am able to assist with teaching in the musculoskeletal course series.
    What I like about Baltimore: My favorite part about being in the Baltimore area is the number and variety of hiking trails!

    portrait of Megan Kudlac
  • Christina Jaimes, PT, DPT | Class of 2019

    Undergraduate school: Purdue University, B.S. in fitness management
    Graduate school: Duke University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Cedar Lake, Indiana
    Professional interests: orthopedic physical therapy, performing art/musician rehabilitation, sports performance, neurological rehabilitation
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: My clinical experience as a student intern at Johns Hopkins was one of the most enriching learning experiences of my professional career. I felt invested in, and wanted to continue growing with those among the best of the best in physical therapy.
    What I like about Baltimore: The history, culinary scene, fine arts, and educational opportunities. (And autumn!)

    portrait of Christina Jaimes
  • Eric Mahabir, PT, DPT | Class of 2019

    Undergraduate school: University at Buffalo, B.S. in exercise science
    Graduate school:University at Buffalo, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Stony Point, New York
    Professional interests: orthopedics, manual therapy, spine, shoulder and knee
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: To be a part of the best medical institution in the world.
    What I like about Baltimore: I like the history, people, food, and inner harbor.

    portrait of Eric Mahabir
  • Matt Weber, PT, DPT | Class of 2019

    Undergraduate school: Hanover College, B.S. in kinesiology and integrative physiology
    Graduate school: The George Washington University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
    Professional interests: orthopedics, sports, sports performance, tactical athletes, manual therapy
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because I believed it would provide the best didactic education and clinical experiences possible throughout my year of residency.
    What I like about Baltimore: I like the close proximity to a lot of different hiking trails

    portrait of Matt Weber
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