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Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency Program

Anne Arundel Medical Group (AAMG) Physical Therapy’s Orthopaedic Residency program is a 13-month program, beginning in December of each year. Residents will evaluate and treat patients up to 36 hours per week and complete coursework and professional development at least eight hours per week. Our program allows residents to practice and learn in a hospital-based community health system with exposure to a variety of conditions, with multi-disciplinary team work and shadowing. As hospital employees, residents will have access to employee benefits and a competitive resident salary. Both distance and onsite learning will provide specialty level skills for advanced thinking and patient care. Learning opportunities will include cadaver dissections in the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) SAIL Center, manual skills labs, and physician and surgery shadowing. Residents will also complete a quality outcomes research project to be presented and/or published at the conclusion of the residency program.

Why Choose a Residency Program?

A residency program allows current or new physical therapists the opportunity to further their education. This allows the future specialist to provide the best patient care backed by evidence-based techniques and processes. Residency allows close mentorship and guidance while specializing in a specific and narrowed field of study and practice. Completion of a Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency program allows the residents to sit for the Orthopaedic Certified Specialist Exam.

The AAMG Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency program is a Developing Program via the ABPTRFE Accreditation process at this time.

Welcome Letter

On behalf of AAMG Physical Therapy, we would like to thank you for considering our Orthopaedic Residency Program as a method to continue your education and grow your expertise.

The mission of AAMC is to enhance the health of the people we serve. All physical therapists and staff who are a part of AAMG Physical Therapy work daily to uphold this mission and provide the best possible care to each and every patient.

Our program’s mission is to provide a well-structured, diverse and comprehensive residency program that will culminate in residents attaining advanced clinical skills. This includes being able to provide evidence-based care with knowledge and expertise in the specialty area of orthopaedic physical therapy. You will work as part of an interdisciplinary team in a hospital-based system that serves our community. The Orthopaedic Residency Program is currently pending candidacy for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) accreditation as a Developing Program.

As part of a hospital system, you’ll have access to the accredited AAMC SAIL Center, surgical and physician observations, quality-based research, and weekly training with residents in other fields, which includes topics such as wellbeing, research, bioethics and systems of care.

I encourage you to explore our website for more information about our Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you,

Amanda Adkins, Residency Director & Megan Maier Bosmans, Residency Coordinator

Residency Faculty
The AAMG Physical Therapy residency faculty are each experienced in their specialized fields and committed to bettering the education of the orthopaedic residents. Faculty members work as a team to provide exposure to advanced clinical skills and evidence-based learning in the areas of orthopaedics and research.


 Amanda Adkins, MPT, Residency Director

Megan Maier Bosmans, DPT, OCS, Residency Coordinator & Mentor

Jeffrey Gelfand, MD, Director of Orthopedic Services, Physician Mentor

Morgan Heckert, DPT, OCS, Adjunct Faculty

Raina Lyght, MPT, CHT, Residency Mentor

Chris Novak, DPT, TPI, Residency Mentor

Dat Quach, DPT, OCS, Residency Mentor

Christina Triantafilidis, DPT, ATC, Residency Mentor

Justin Turcotte, Research Mentor

Curriculum Overview

The AAMG Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency program combines the current concepts for orthopaedic physical therapy curriculum, developed by the orthopaedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), with the MedBridge Orthopaedic Certified Specialist Preparation program for a comprehensive learning experience. Additionally, the curriculum includes weekly skills labs, surgery and physician shadowing, regular professional development, and daily interaction with a personal mentor.

Curriculum Timeline:

  • 4 weeks of orientation and evidence-based practice
  • 24 weeks of spine-head, maxillofacial, carinomandibular, cervical, thoracic and ribs, lumbr, pelvis, sacroilliac
  • 12 weeks of lower extremity – hip, knee, foot and ankle, osteoarthritis
  • 12 weeks of upper extremity – shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand

Curriculum Outline:

  • Current concepts of orthopaedic physical therapy coursework
  • MedBridge Orthopaedic Certified Specialist Preparation program
  • Weekly surgical and/or physician shadowing
  • Weekly manual skills labs
  • Weekly co-treatment and rounding with mentor
  • Completion of a quality improvement research project with an assigned research mentor
  • Three cadaver dissections of spine, lower extremity and upper extremity
  • Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) attendance and participation

Participating Sites:

The residency program will include:

  • Attendance to APTA combined sections meetings
  • Choice of two sponsored in-house courses annually
  • Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Medbridge Membership & Orthopaedic Certified Specialist Training program

The AAMG Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency program is a Candidate for Accreditation via the ABPTRFE Accreditation process at this time.

Admissions and Application Process

AAMG Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency applicants should possess the desire to further their orthopaedic physical therapy knowledge, and provide patient-centered and directed care. Additionally, applicants should be dedicated to bettering the field of physical therapy through evidence-based learning, research and quality improvement.

Admissions Criteria:

  • Graduation from Commission on Accreditation on Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Accredited Physical Therapy Program
  • Attainment of Maryland physical therapy licensure prior to beginning the residency program
  • Five references provided through our skills surveys including at least one clinical and one educational reference
  • Submission of at least one letter of recommendation from one of the above references
  • Completion of interview with the Residency Program Director and Residency Coordinator
  • Current CPR certification
  • Submission of a Personal Vision and Development Plan
  • Submission of applications through RF-PTCASand AAMC’s Careers webpage
  • Compliance with all AAMC employment requirements

Contact Information:

Feel free to contact Employment Services Representative Sarah Stelfox prior to initiating or completing your application if you have any questions. Sarah can be reached at

To Apply:

Please click on the careers link in the top right hand corner of the AAMG Physical Therapy website. Applications for 2021-2022 cohort should be submitted prior to March 1, 2021.