Mission Statement

“Balance Physical Therapy and Human Performance Center’s orthopedic physical therapy residency program will provide an excellent up to date evidence-based education that guides the orthopedic residents to understand, distill, synthesize, and apply didactic education and peer-reviewed literature so that their clinical practice efficiently delivers the best functional outcomes possible to the patients they serve. The program will complete continuous improvement through curriculum review and update in addition to maintaining the highest level of clinical opportunities for the residents.

2000 Hours of Clinical Practice
300 Hours of Didactic Instruction
125 Hours of Didactic Instruction
150 Hours of Self-Directed Education
25 Hours of Supplemental Didactic Education
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Program Information

  • September 23, 2022 – September 23, 2023 (52 Weeks)
  • 2000 Hours of Clinical Practice
    • Full Caseload
      • 36 hours weekly Independent 
      • 3 hours weekly – 1:1 Clinical Mentorship (150 hours total)
    • 300 Hours of Didactic Education
      • 125 hours of Didactic Instruction 
        • 5 x 3 day weekend courses Lecture & Lab Education
      • 150 hours of Self-Directed Education (~3 hours weekly)
        • Independent Study Courses
        • Clinical Practice Guidelines
      • 25 Hours Supplemental Didactic Education
        • Specialty Observation Experiences
        • Surgery or Physician Grand Rounds
        • Professional Development Projects
        • OCS Prep
        • Journal Club

Location

Located on the picturesque Central Coast of California, Balance Physical Therapy has five locations in Salinas, Monterey (North Fremont St.), Monterey (Ryan Ranch), Prunedale and Watsonville.

Residents of the program will practice out of our Monterey locations (North Fremonth St. and Ryan Ranch), but will periodically move between locations depending on curriculum schedule.

The Central Coast has so much to offer during your year long residency including outstanding weather, endless outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, surfing, kayaking), wineries, and world renowned golf courses. After one year, you’ll have a hard time leaving and we hope you won’t! 

Curiculum

The Balance Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Curriculum is an integrative model developed to support the development of excellence in orthopedic clincal practice.  

Ensuring residents have depth in examination, evaluation, and interventions is at the forefront of the program, in addition to supporting the optimal professional development of each and everyone of our residents. 

An integrative model of didactic and self-directed study will be utilized to develop specialist level orthopedic providers ready to excel on the orthopedic specialty exam.  

Self directed coursework will include Independent Study Courses from the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Clinical Practice Guideline publications to ensure depth in clinical reasoning and up-to-date evidence based practice.  

Supplemental didactic experiences will occur throughout the residency program to provide a vast experience and promote learning through different methods. 

The following is the orthopedic core curriculum schedule:  

  • Lumbar Spine and Pelvis: Sept 23-25, 2022 
  • Hip, Knee, Foot/Ankle: October 7-9, 2022 
  • Cervical Spine: Nov 18-20, 2022 
  • Shoulder and Thorax: Dec 16-18, 2022 
  • Elbow, Wrist, and Hand: Jan 27-29, 2023 

Mentorship

Residents will have a primary clinical mentor and a rotation of other clinical faculty members weekly to ensure a well rounded mentorship experience.  

Clinical Mentors will be in the same facility as residents to support all aspects of patient client management and assist integration of didactic/mentorship material into resident’s independent caseload. 

Monthly program mentorship meetings will occur with Residency Director to ensure resident is on pace for all requirements to be successfully completed prior to end of residency. 

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the Balance Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency, you must be a graduate of an APTA-accredited program in physical therapy and eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in California.


In residency candidates, we are looking for someone that has high emotional intelligence, passion for challenges, and strong communicative skills. We require:

  • Completed Application
  • Transcripts from PT school
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent
  • Formal in-person interview

Application and Selection Process

The 2022-2023 application period is now closed. We will start accepting applications for 2023-2024 cohort in April 2023.

Financial Information

Residents receive a full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, 401K, PTO) and are paid a competitive annual salary with regional residency programs.

No tuition or residency program fees.

Residents receive residency coursework (4 independent study courses from AOPT) and APTA/orthopedic section membership.

Contact

Please contact our Residency Director, Dr. Arash Maslehati PT, DPT, OCS at arash@balancept.com and/or submit information in section below with any questions or inquiries.