Requisites IAOM-US Fellowship Program
Once accepted in the IAOM-US Fellowship program, you need to apply and enroll in the ScD program at TexasTech University Health Sciences Center by March 15. You will then be allowed between 11 and 36 months to complete the following requirements of the Fellowship Program:
- Successful completion of AHPT 6213 and 6214, which comprise the clinical rotation components of the Fellowship (305 Fellowship Program hours each for a total of 610 hours).
- Each clinical rotation includes
- A 65-hour, 1-on-1, intensive clinical experience at the mentor's clinical site (conducted over 2 successive weeks at the mentor's clinical site).
- A 240-hour distance clinical experience with ongoing mentor contact through on site contact or web-based technology in the 6213 and 6214 courses (conducted over the remaining 14 to maximum 50 weeks in the semester(s) at the fellowship candidate's clinical site).
- Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy for at least 9 IAOM-US courses and attendance to all 12 IAOM-US courses is required before starting the second fellowship clinical rotation. A minimum spacing of 1 semester will be required between these two Fellowship clinical rotations. As a consequence, the candidate will be required to practice skills and reflect on the first course experience (6213) prior to engaging in the second experience (6214)
- Each clinical rotation includes
- Successful completion of AHPT 6304: Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Screening (60 fellowship Program hours). This course enhances physical therapists' knowledge and clinical skills designed to assist in the screening of patients for orthopaedic conditions, which require examination by a physician. This course includes 24 laboratory and lecture contact hours over a 3-day contact session at the TTUHSC site and 36 web-based contact hours at the candidate's clinical site. In the course the candidates engage in selected readings, and threaded discussions on the web.
- Successful completion of AHPT 6317: Radiological Anatomy (45 fellowship Program hours). This course will examine the technology and applications of imaging for understanding normal and pathological human anatomy. Plain-film imaging, MRI, CT, and diagnostic ultrasound will be appropriately applied to this discussion. A systematic approach to understanding various images across different joint systems will be provided. In addition, specific normal and pathological anatomy for the spine and extremities will be viewed on x-ray, MRI, and CT, along with special topics in diagnostic ultrasound. Emphasis is placed on defining normal and pathological anatomy associated with various joints systems as it relates to musculoskeletal conditions. This course includes 16 laboratory and lecture contact hours over a 2-day contact session at the TTUHSC site and 29 web-based contact hours at the candidate's clinical site. In the course the candidates engage in selected readings, and threaded discussions on the web.
- Successful completion of AHPT 7305: Curriculum Design and Teaching in Allied Health (45 Fellowship Program hours). This course includes 16 laboratory and lecture contact hours over a two-day contact session at the TTUHSC site and 32 web-based contact hours at the candidate's clinical site. In the course the candidates are exposed to theories, principles and applications that relate to teaching Physical Therapy students and professionals. The candidates engage in selected readings, writing exercises, and threaded discussions on the web. The candidates are required to draft curriculum components for a topic of his or her choice, including objectives, learning experiences, and lab experiences. Finally, the candidates are asked to teach over a pre-selected content area, where they evaluated in their teaching skills.
- Successful completion of six IAOM-US courses that were not part of the pre-requisites for acceptance in the IAOM-US fellowship program, including successful completion of IAOM-US certifications for these six courses (160 hours). If you have taken more than 6 IAOM-US courses, you will be asked to re-take IAOM-US courses as you are required to take 6 IAOM-US OMT courses during the maximum three-year period of the fellowship training. For the IAOM-US OMT courses you have already taken, you will have the choices of which course you re-take, but it should be 3 spine related and 3 extremity related OMT courses. You will have the following options to repeat the courses: (1) Register ($100 fee with paper course manual or $50 fee with electronic copy of manual for each course) and attend an IAOM-US course and stay with the instructor during lab practice time so to learn from watching others, observe details of corrected techniques, etc…, receive certificate of attendance ; or (2) Take the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center ScD on-line portion of the IAOM-US course, and act as proctor and coordinator for the threaded discussions; or (3) If you are already in the IAOM-US faculty program, act as an assistant/faculty during the course as needed.
- Successful completion of Fellowship Written Examinations 1 and 2. (40 Fellowship Program hours each for a total of 80 hours). IAOM-US website coverage with mentor supervision.
- Successful completion of 6 patient practical examinations. (4 Fellowship Program hours each for a total of 24 hours). These examinations are conducted during the 1-on-1, intensive clinical experiences in AHPT 6213 and 6214.
- Successful completion of 4 peer-reviewed clinical commentaries. (15 Fellowship Program hours each for a total of 60 hours).
- Successful completion and submission of a case study to a peer-reviewed journal. (125 Fellowship Program hours). The case study is completed from the candidate's clinical site. After completion, the candidate submits a manuscript to a peer reviewed journal for publication.