Orthotics R​esidency

Lurie Children’s Orthotics/Prosthetics Department believes in giving back to the profession by playing an active role in helping to develop the practitioner of the future. In our residency program, we value comprehensive and structured learning experiences that properly prepare the resident for entry into the profession. In this residency, learning experiences are best achieved through a series of rotations that focus on patient care, practice management and the promotion of professional practice that is tailored to meet the needs of each resident.

Residenc​y Structure

The residency is comprised of a series of rotations that are content specific. Rotations can best be described as clinically or technically based, practice management-based, or a combination of the three. During these rotations, the resident partners with a designated mentor(s) or content specialist. The approach to learning starts with observation, moves to participation and then eventually a format where the resident and mentor see the patient together and the resident is asked to take the lead. 

This progression of learning is paced differently for different patient populations and is determined by the level of proficiency that is demonstrated by the resident. For example, some patient populations with medically complex presentations may require a longer training introduction before the resident can take the lead under limited supervision. We have found this progression of learning to be effective and is a result of creating structured rotations.

The rotations are structured so that each day is broken into a morning and afternoon session. For each session, the resident has a primary and secondary task. For example, the primary task could be the attendance at a scoliosis clinic one afternoon a week while a secondary task could be spinal fabrication if the clinic were to be cancelled. In other instances and on a different day, the reverse could be true and the fabrication would be the primary task and the attendance at a clinic the secondary task. In all cases we create a fallback task to keep the resident engaged and active so that each day is productive. 

Despite this structure, the residency will only be effective if the resident is willing to take on a proactive approach in their training rather than a passive role. At Lurie Children’s, we find that the most successful residency experiences are the ones in which the resident remains engaged and proactive.

Clinical Rotation Areas 

The clinical rotations include, but are not limited to, the following content areas:​

  • Cerebral palsy/neuromuscular disorders pathologies
  • Clubfoot
  • Cranial molding helmetsHead shape clinics
  • Diabetes
  • Fabrication
  • Foot/ankle
  • Fracture clinic
  • General orthopedics
  • Hand clinic
  • Neurology
  • Post-operative care
  • Rheumatology
  • Serial casting
  • Spinal deformity
  • Sports medicine
  • Stroke/TBI

Evaluation & Ass​essment

We know how important it is for residents to receive proper assessment and routine feedback. We use the following tools and processes and more to assess resident performance:

  • Case study reviews
  • Cognitive, psychomotor and affective assessment instruments
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Formal meetings with mentors and resident director to assess performance
  • Multiple choice/short answer examinations

Application P​rocess

Individuals interested in applying for the orthotic resident position at Lurie Children's must complete the application and provide the necessary supporting documentation. The application process is as follows:

  1. Completed the online application.
  2. A performance assessment from an orthotic instructor/professor is required. Resident candidates should direc their instructor/professor to the online permormance assessment form at ​https://luriechildrens.formstack.com/forms/op_resident_candidate_assessment
  3. In one packet, send in the following documents:
    • Current resume
    • A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Signed verification checklist - download the checklist
    • Passport-sized photo attached to the upper left-hand corner of your resume

Please note that your application to our program will not be considered complete until we have received each of the items in the three steps outlined above.

For Non-U.S. Resident​​s 

In addition to the items listed above, non-U.S. resident applicants must include the following documents in their packet:

  • WES (World Education Services) verification of educational equivalency with the minimum of a U.S. bachelor's degree
  • Minimum score of 100 for the TOEFL iBT

Submi​t an Application

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Completed application packets must be mailed to the following address:

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Attn: Bryan Malas, MHPE, CO
225 E. Chicago Avenue, Box 46
Chicago, IL 60611


  • Application packets must be received no later than December 5.
  • Candidates will be notified with a decision by March 15.
  • Approximate start date for residency is between June and August of the same year of notification​.