AAMT Fellowship

The American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT) Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) is accredited by ACOMPTE as a post-professional fellowship program for Physical Therapists in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Graduates of the 12-month, distance-based AAMT Fellowship program are eligible for the FAAOMPT credential.

The AAMT Fellowship consists of 14 weekend OMPT training modules over 12 months primarily in Dallas, TX. However, alternate OMPT training sessions can also be taken in Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Denver, Boston, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, Charlotte, and/or Miami.

The next fellowship cohort begins March 1, 2023. The schedule for the 2023 AAMT Fellowship can be viewed here AAMT Fellowship – 2023 Schedule. The AAMT Fellowship Application can be completed and submitted online. Questions regarding the format or requirements of the AAMT Fellowship can be emailed to fellowship@spinalmanipulation.org. The application deadline is October 15, 2022; however, early applications are advised due to rolling admissions.

How can I apply for the March 1, 2023 cohort?

Fellowship applicants will be selected for the March 1, 2023 cohort based on information provided to AAMT via the AAMT Fellowship Application Form. Admission will be primarily based on relevant clinical experience and the completion of specialty training or certifications in the areas of orthopaedic physical therapy and/or manual therapy. The deadline for applications for the 2023 AAMT Fellowship cohort is October 15, 2022. However, we begin awarding placements in the AAMT Fellowship after August 1st, so earlier applications have a greater chance of acceptance due to “rolling” admissions.

How will I be notified if I have been selected to be part of the March 1, 2023 cohort?

AAMT may decide to contact you via email or phone during the application process on a case-by-case basis. If selected for the AAMT Fellowship program, you will receive an acceptance letter via email within 5 days of submitting your AAMT Fellowship Application Form.

What are the entrance requirements for the AAMT Fellowship program?

Please note that completion of an orthopaedic residency or the OCS exam are NOT required for entrance to the AAMT Fellowship. However, all applicants must meet the following requirements prior to being admitted into the AAMT fellowship program:

1. Applicants must be a licensed physical therapist in the state that they plan to complete their clinical mentored training within.

2. Applicants must meet ONE of the following qualifications:

  • ABPTS specialist certification in a related specialty area (e.g. OCS), or
  • Graduate of an ABPTS credentialed residency program in a related specialty area, or
  • Demonstrable specialty skills within a specialty area (e.g. Cert. SMT, Cert. DN)
What are the costs associated with the AAMT Fellowship program?

The cost of the AAMT Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy for the 2023 cohort is $12,500. Payments may be made in a lump sum or divided into quarterly payments. Please note that this does not include mentor fees.

During the 12-month AAMT Fellowship, you will earn the following credentials:

  • Certification in Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
If I have already taken courses through Spinal Manipulation Institute or Dry Needling Institute, can I apply them toward the fellowship requirements?

Many prospective fellows-in-training have already taken classes with SMI and/or DNI. However, fellows-in-training may only request transfer credit for up to 10 hours for these courses, assuming that the courses were taken in the last 2 years. Fellows-in-training may earn credit for previously taken courses through Spinal Manipulation Institute and Dry Needling Institute by:

  1. Retaking the class
  2. Serving as a primary or assistant instructor for the class
  3. Completing an independent study project (on the information covered in the previously taken class)
What are the requirements for mentorship?

Fellows-in-training may work with a mentor, as long as they hold the FAAOMPT credential. Per AAOMPT guidelines, fellows-in-training must complete 300 hours (150 hours for fellows-in-training impacted by Covid-19) of mentor accessible time, whereby the fellow-in-training is seeing patients independently and the mentor is accessible by phone, text, Skype, email, etc. In addition, fellows-in-training must complete 150 hours of 1:1 time, whereby the fellow-in-training and mentor are treating patients together.

Do I need to move to Dallas, TX to join the AAMT Fellowship?

No, you can complete the AAMT Fellowship from your home clinic. In fact, almost all of the AAMT fellows-in-training continue with their full-time PT employment (at a private outpatient clinic, hospital outpatient clinic or professional sports team) while they complete the 12-month Fellowship.

How can I contact AAMT about the fellowship?

Further inquiries about the 12-month, distance-based AAMT Fellowship program should be made directly to the Associate Director of the AAMT Fellowship, Dr. Paul Bliton, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT at fellowship@spinalmanipulation.org.

In accordance with AAOMPT evaluative criteria, the AAMT Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is proud to report the following program outcomes. To date, 95.7% of fellows-in-training have successfully completed the 12-month AAMT Fellowship program, thereby earning Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, Dip. Osteopractic and FAAOMPT.  Moreover, >85% of graduates go on to hold leadership positions within the PT profession (e.g. private practice owners, clinic directors, university faculty members, etc.). In addition, in regard to scholarly achievement, 100% of AAMT fellows-in-training participate in publishable research projects prior to graduation.

Director
AAMT Fellowship

James Dunning, PhD, DPT, MSc (Manip Ther), FAAOMPT, Dip. Osteopractic
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Senior Instructor, Spinal Manipulation Institute & Dry Needling Institute
Owner, Montgomery Osteopractic Physical Therapy & Acupuncture Clinic
President, American Academy of Manipulative Therapy

james.dunning@spinalmanipulation.org

Associate Director
AAMT Fellowship

Paul Bliton, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. Osteopractic
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Associate Director, AAMT Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
Senior Instructor, Spinal Manipulation Institute & Dry Needling Institute

paul.bliton@spinalmanipulation.org

Assistant Director
AAMT Fellowship

Patrick Gorby, DPT, FAAOMPT, Dip. Osteopractic
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Assistant Director, AAMT Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
Senior Instructor, Spinal Manipulation Institute & Dry Needling Institute

patrick.gorby@spinalmanipulation.org

Director of Clinical Research
AAMT Fellowship

Casey Charlebois, PhD(c), DPT, MSc, FAAOMPT, Dip. Osteopractic, Cert. MSKUS
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Director of Clinical Research, AAMT Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
Senior Instructor, Spinal Manipulation Institute & Dry Needling Institute

casey.charlebois@spinalmanipulation.org

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