About the Program

Clinical Practicum
The Houston Methodist The Woodlands Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency offers residents full-time direct clinical patient care that allows the resident to integrate and apply the knowledge from all lectures and lab sessions. This provides the resident the opportunity to expand upon their abilities as an orthopedic specialist in training.
Clinical Mentoring
The program thrives on the value of one on-one mentoring. For the duration of the program, the resident will receive one-on-one mentoring on how to advance their skill of evaluation, examination, diagnosis, and treatment of orthopedic and sports-related injuries. The resident will receive mentoring from Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialists whom are also Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Certified Manual Physical Therapist.

Research and Investigation
The resident will be directed on the current evidence as it relates to the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions. The resident will be required to analyze the quality of research articles to facilitate their growth in evidence-based practice. Additionally, residents will be required to present 3 separate case studies on their own patients with supporting evidence of diagnosis and intervention.

Specialty Observation
Throughout the duration of the program, residents will have the opportunity to interact with orthopedic surgeons in the clinical setting and observe various operative procedures. This allows the resident to gain exposure to a variety of conditions and procedures that may implicate their practice as a physical therapist. Additionally, this allows the resident an opportunity to develop professional working relationships with the physicians of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Didactic Lectures and Lab
For the duration of the program, the resident is required to attend and participate in didactic lectures and lab. Lectures are led by faculty of the program that discuss advanced anatomy, movement biomechanics, examination, differential diagnosis, clinical intervention, and return to activity or sport as it relates to specific orthopedic conditions. Lab sessions incorporate the didactic knowledge into a guided practical application as it relates to manual testing and treatment of orthopedic conditions.

The program includes weekly participation in non-patient mentoring activities to increase the residents’ knowledge and motor skills in manual examination and intervention of orthopedic and sports-related injuries.

Core Modules



4 Weeks


12 Weeks


12 Weeks


12 Weeks


12 Weeks

Graduation rate: 100%
OCS Exam first time pass rate: 100%


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