Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Glendale Adventist Medical Center's Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program focuses on providing clinical training for physical therapists that accelerates their professional development in becoming a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. 

Glendale Adventist Medical Center is an accredited physical therapy orthopedic residency by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

General Details

The residency begins in January and runs for 50 consecutive weeks. The curriculum combines didactic coursework, mentorship experience and resident-directed learning along with direct clinical practice hours with orthopedic physical therapy patients. 

Residents are employed in a full-time benefitted position by Glendale Adventist Medical Center and receive a program-adjusted salary for specific residency hours. 

Residency Goals

  • Exhibit the highest standards of professionalism.
  • Perform the highest level of health care for patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
  • Competence with utilizing the evidence-based practice of physical therapy.
  • Obtain all skills, knowledge and ability to take the ABPTS board certification as a certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. 

The residency consists of the following four domains:

Mentorship (150 hours) - With APTA board certified specialist 

Clinical Practice in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (1,800 hours)

Didactic Education (200 hours)

  • Clinical reasoning and patient management models.
  • Interviewing and communication skills.
  • Scientific basis of orthopedic physical therapy.
  • Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology.
  • Spine: Physical and biomechanical examination, clinical practice and manual treatment.
  • Upper quadrant: Physical and biomechanical examination, clinical practice and manual treatment.
  • Lower quadrant: Physical and biomechanical examination, clinical practice and manual treatment.

Resident-Directed Learning (250 hours) 

  • Community service.
  • Conferences and seminars.
  • Other professional involvement.

Eligibility/Application Requirements

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Entry-level physical therapy degree
  • Hold or be eligible for California Physical Therapy licensure no later than end of August in the year prior to start of residency
  • GAMC employment prior to start of residency no later than end of August in the year prior to start of residency

Applications will be evaluated based on, but not limited to, the following criteria: 

  • Academic education.
  • Clinical education and mentoring experiences.
  • Clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy.
  • Community service.
To apply for the upcoming residency year, please visit RF-PTCAS for details and deadlines.

Contact Us

Kirk R. Bentzen, PT, DPT, MBA

Residency Director

Kirk.Bentzen@ah.org
2560 Colorado Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90041

Phone: (323) 255-5409
Fax: (323) 255-5732