Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency - Houston Methodist The Woodlands


Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency's mission is to provide an unparalleled opportunity for quality advancement in orthopedic clinical training by facilitating professional and clinical growth within a culture of Houston Methodist's I CARE values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence to enhance patient care.


The Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a 12-month program that begins each year in August. The program consists of an intensive combination of didactic lecture and lab sessions each week and five module exams to test the retention of knowledge. Residents will receive the highest quality of one-on-one mentoring from Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialists whom are also Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Certified Manual Physical Therapist. Throughout the program, residents will carry a full patient case load to facilitate independence of practice and development of advanced skills acquired from the curriculum. The program curriculum is designed to challenge and advance the residents orthopedic skills in:
  • Examination
  • Evaluation
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Intervention
  • Prevention
  • Return to Activity

This program’s intensity and curriculum is designed to best equip the resident with the necessary qualifications and knowledge to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Orthopedic Certified Specialist Examination.


  • Develop an effective learning environment for advanced professional clinical practice in the managing of orthopedic conditions.
  • Create an environment of evidence-based practice with focus on patient values, clinical reasoning, and best evidence to treat orthopedic conditions.
  • Teach residents to confidently and professionally interact with multiple disciplines in order to appropriately manage patient conditions.
  • Support the mission and values of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital.
  • Develop curriculum which prepares the resident to successfully complete the ABPTS Orthopedic Certified Specialist Examination.
  • Develop community leaders in orthopedic rehabilitation through professional and community engagement.
  • Maintain consistency in seeking continuous improvement in the program’s quality, delivery, and advanced information to adequately prepare resident to sit for the orthopedic certified specialist exam.
  • Maintain a financially stable status for the program so that it may thrive, advance, and grow with increase in faculty and participating residents.
  • Ensure continued program sustainability by maintaining financial resources, develop and grow the faculty, and a continuously update the curriculum so that reflects the most current evidence-based practice concepts.

Contact Us

For more information on the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency, please contact:

Austin Drake
Physical Therapy Residency Coordinator at Houston Methodist The Woodlands