Training & Curriculum

Weekly mentored time with staff clinician (OCS)

Mission Statement

The Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program's mission is to provide highly skilled therapists for the patients of Cedars-Sinai outpatient rehabilitation by providing clinical training of resident physical therapists that accelerates their professional development in becoming a:

  • Resource, educator and mentor to others in the community that they serve,
  • Highly skilled patient care provider
  • Competent consumer and contributor to the scientific literature and
  • Board certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy.

Residency Goals & Objectives

  • Provide academic and clinical training in the use of clinical reasoning and disablement, diagnosis and patient management models for people with orthopaedic diagnoses.
  • Resident to integrate clinical reasoning and other patient management models into orthopedic interventions independently.
  • Resident to participate in a professional or community presentation and mentor students as appropriate.
  • Provide academic instruction in case report writing and critical analysis of the scientific literature, with the resident able to write and submit a case report or assist in literature review and/or facilitate journal club discussion.
  • Provide the resident with academic and clinical training which utilizes the concepts found in Description of Advanced Clinical Practice In Orthopedic Physical Therapy to facilitate completion of requirements for board certification.
  • Program Goal: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center orthopaedic residency graduates completion of residency program and eligibility to sit for OCS exam at 80% or higher.
  • Program Goal: Assess program effectiveness and active participation in improving curriculum, operations and resource sustainability as needs are identified.


The program's comprehensive curriculum is developed from and addresses the most recent version of the Description of Residency Practice (DRP). All curriculum components complement each other to enhance the participant's learning. The organization of the program's curriculum ensures congruency between didactic and clinical components. The curriculum provides a structure for the designation of types, lengths and sequencing of learning experiences that ensures the achievement of the program's outcomes.


Exposure to research opportunities within the department is included in the residency program.

Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact us if you would like to learn more about the Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai.

Maria Cecilia Alpasan, Program Director