Curriculum

The Prosthetics-Orthotics Residency Program takes a structured, comprehensive approach to advanced prosthetics and orthotics training and gives you the opportunity to master all of the required competencies identified by the National Commission of Orthotic and Prosthetic Education

You'll gain patient care experience in multiple practice settings. This clinical exposure will give you the technical, clinical, and research experience you need to become a competent practitioner in your chosen discipline. You'll participate in case presentation discussions and present your clinical cases to faculty and students. You'll also have the opportunity to attend various clinics with UT Southwestern faculty members in several disciplines, including foot and ankle, problem foot, trauma, amputee, and pediatric comprehensive orthopaedic oncology. We also offer additional lectures, rounds and other opportunities for formal medical education. Download our catalog.

Progress is at a pace that accommodates all participants. The supervisor-to-resident ratio is never more than 1:2 as your supervisor evaluates your ability to assume increasing responsibility for patient care. Throughout the year, your supervisor will provide frequent reviews, including a final evaluation of your performance for NCOPE.

Experience Sites

To enhance your knowledge and strengthen your skills, you'll work with diverse patients in a variety of care settings.

UT Southwestern Prosthetics-Orthotics Clinic

We see prosthetic and orthotic outpatients daily by appointment in our clinic in the School of Health Professions Building. As a resident, you'll see a wide variety of patient conditions among a primarily adult caseload. The clinic will also serve as home base for your patient-care activities at other sites on campus. You'll have your own assigned workspace in the clinic lab – and because it's shared by the program's entire technical and professional staff, you'll enjoy a rich environment for collaboration, problem-solving, and consultation.

Parkland Memorial Hospital Cast Room (Orthotics Clinic)

Patients come to us from Parkland's orthopaedics, neurosurgery, foot and ankle, and physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics. We see orthotic outpatients in the 5 West Cast Room clinic by appointment and as clinic referrals during three scheduled half-days each week. We treat orthotic inpatients on a PRN, on-call basis in the emergency department, in intensive care units, or on patient-care floors.

Children's Medical Center

Patients here are referred primarily from orthopaedics and neurosurgery services. We treat orthotic inpatients on a PRN on-call basis in intensive care units or on patient-care floors. We see orthotic outpatients during cerebral palsy clinic with a pediatric orthotist.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Patients are primarily from orthopedics and neurosurgery services. We treat inpatients on a PRN, on-call basis in the intensive care units or on patient-care floors. We see outpatients at the spina bifida clinic, scoliosis clinic, and amputee clinic. This rotation is best completed during winter break when clinics experience high activity.