American Family Children's Hospital

UW Hospitals and Clinics and Meriter Hospital Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Contact Information

Carrie A. Schwoerer PT, OCS

Program Director

(608) 265-8364


Recruitment Center

(608) 265-8364

The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at UW Hospitals and Clinics and Meriter Hospital is a full-time, one-year program that begins in July and continues through June of the following year. The program accepts three residents per year at UW Hospitals and Clinics/Meriter, and as many as three additional residents at private physical therapy clinics in Wisconsin. The clinics include:

About the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency


Residents provide patient care 28 hours per week, including four hours per week co-treating with a faculty mentor. Twelve hours per week are dedicated to receiving didactic instruction, serving as a teaching assistant for musculoskeletal lab courses in the PT professional program, and observing in specialty clinics.


Residents are compensated for the hours spent providing patient care. In addition, residents receive a benefit package that includes health insurance. 


Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Curriculum


The curriculum is based on the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Description of Specialty Practice and The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Residents will benefit from the wealth of clinical resources available at UW Hospitals and Clinics and Meriter Hospital, and will have the opportunity to work closely with an excellent staff of medical practitioners, participate in teaching clinics and observe surgery.

Outstanding library facilities on the University of Wisconsin campus allow for independent study. The program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education and was one of the first orthopedic residencies in the nation to achieve this status.