Ivy HSS Orthopedic Residency



The Ivy Rehab Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopedic Residency Program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopedics.

Program Description 

The Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a one-year, full-time, clinically based program created to excel in the professional development of clinicians in the field of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Expert clinicians will serve as faculty to guide, instruct and mentor each resident in developing advanced knowledge and clinical expertise throughout the residency program. Additionally, the residency program is designed to prepare residents to complete the ABPTS Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) examination. Each resident must complete all assigned didactic material and written and practical examinations. 

The mission of the Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide physical therapists with advanced knowledge and skills to enhance patient care in the specialty of orthopedic physical therapy. The program promotes professionalism and leadership along with evidence-based practice to enhance the therapeutic alliance and quality of life in the communities we serve.


The Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency provides a structured and robust didactic curriculum to enhance clinical reasoning and advance skills while incorporating the most recent evidence-based practices. This program utilizes a blended delivery model for our didactic curriculum that includes online self-study modules, live online learning, virtual grand rounds, journal club, case review, independent study, and live in-person weekend courses that are to be completed throughout this comprehensive 12-month residency program.   

Admissions Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited Physical Therapy Program
  • Active PT licensure in the current state of practice
  • Employed as a full-time Physical Therapist by Ivy Rehab Network at the time of the program start date.
  • Required membership in the APTA and APTA Orthopaedic Section
  • Commitment to completing all program requirements
  • Commitment to taking the OCS exam at the earliest eligibility

Application deadline for the participants: August 31, 2024 | Start date: January 1, 2025

Program Leadership

Akil Piggott, PT, DPT, OCS
Director of Ivy HSS Orthopedic Residency Program

Jason Mayerhofer, PT, DPT, MTC
Coordinator of Ivy HSS Orthopedic Residency Program

Christina Bentrewicz, PT, DPT, OCS
Director of Residency Programs

For any questions, please email Residency@ivyrehab.com

Delanie Fekert Memorial Scholarship Fund

Annual full scholarship for a licensed physical therapist at Ivy.

Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Residency Graduation Outcomes will be published here upon graduation of our inaugural cohort and will include:

  • Resident Completion Rate

  • Orthopedic Board Certification Pass Rate

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  • Anakaren Lopez

    “The Residency gave me elevated clinical skills and confidence to open my own clinic.” – Anakaren Lopez, PT, DPT, CSCS, Edison, NJ

  • Zachary Coleman

    “Being a part of the Orthopedic Residency Program has been one of the most beneficial things I’ve done in my PT career. After our first Orthopedic Residency year, I feel like I became more confident in my evaluations and now have a deeper clinical toolbox to tap into daily.” – Zachary Coleman, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN, Blakeney – Charlotte, NC

  • Nicole Sorrentino

    “The Residency is not only a good way to boost your knowledge but allows you to set yourself apart and then hopefully become a mentor in the future.” – Nicole Sorrentino, PT, DPT, OCS, Syosset, NY