Dr. Evan Liu PT '12, DPT '15 Named Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Please join the Physical Therapy Program in congratulating Dr. Evan Liu ’12 and DPT ’15, who recently completed the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy at Regis University. This fellowship program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education and recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
The requirements for an academic certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy include:
- Advanced courses on the Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders, Cervico-Thoracic Disorders, Lower Extremity Disorders, and Upper Extremity Disorders.
- Virtual Rounds.
- All fellows-in-training must pass a comprehensive Clinical Practicum consisting of a practical and oral exam.
Prior to taking the Clinical Practicum, fellows-in-training must also complete a minimum of 150 hours of direct one-on-one clinical practice working with Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Newly inducted fellows will be recognized at the AAOMPT 2021 Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio this fall. As of May 18, 2021 there were only 1,728 Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Dr. Liu, who is currently the lead instructor for DPT 632 (Musculoskeletal Examination & Intervention for the Spine) and DPT 633 (Musculoskeletal Examination & Intervention for the Extremities), will start working full time at Pacific in the fall 2021.
“Going through my fellowship has really opened my eyes and has changed the way I approach physical therapy," said Liu. "The clinical reasoning and critical thinking aspects are so important in all fields, especially where the professional has been heading recently. The beauty of this profession, is that the specific subsets are not their own individual pieces; I use concepts that I have picked up in my orthopedic residency and fellowship, and have applied them to the pediatric population and population with neurological deficits. We as physical therapists are still treating the entire person, not just a specific condition. I am additionally excited to come on as full time faculty and continue my journey at Pacific University. Teaching has always been a passion of mine and I am thankful I have the opportunity to do so.”