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Robert J. Fluegel, PT, COMT
MAPS Faculty, Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship

Chris R. Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, Fellowship Program Director

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MT-O: Evidence-Based Orthopedic Diagnostic Evaluation Seminar

MT-O Course Description (20.7 Direct Contact Hours/2.6 CEUs)
This course incorporates effective orthopedic assessment, with accurate Evidence-Based Medicine, differential diagnosis, screening and special tests by region and diagnosis. Hands-on laboratory focuses on effective orthopedic assessment. Differential diagnosis is approached for both regional and tissue specific screening. Screening covers making a "spot" diagnosis as necessary, and performing effective and comprehensive Upper and Lower Quarter screening as well as for Neurological, Myelopathic, and Visceral pathologies. Principles of assessment are stressed and practiced with direct supervised instructor feedback. Course material is based upon peer reviewed published evidence, supported by appropriate statistical relevance. Special tests of high diagnostic accuracy are discussed and practiced for each region of the body and for specific diagnoses. Extensive discussion of case studies support the information presented. May be taken as a stand-alone course. Includes required Home Study course component of approximately 5.5 hours.

MT-O Course Schedule*
Day 1: 12:30pm-8:00pm
Day 2: 8:00am-6:00pm
Day 3: 8:00am-2:00pm

Times subject to change.*

MT-O Course Requirements
Open to PTs, MDs, and DOs. Enrollment limited. Lab clothes required for all sessions

MT-O Course Objectives
Course participants upon completion will be able to:
  • Understand the language and concepts associated with diagnostic accuracy statistics.
  • Assess and perform a spot diagnosis for recognition of selected diagnoses of concern.
  • Assess and perform an upper and lower quarter screen using specific EBM tests.
  • Review and perform EBM special clinical tests with high diagnostic accuracy for various targeted regions and diagnoses.
  • Effective screening for myelopathic, neurological, and visceral pathology.
  • Outline & understand the most compelling EBM prognostic factors used in manual orthopedic rehabilitation.
  • Select the best outcome measures for appropriate recording of patient care.
  • Analyze and understand the patient response method used in the Maitland Australian approach.

Course is $650
MAPS Refund/Cancellation Policy

Course Testimonials

"...The concept of treatment is very comprehensive, open minded, and logical."
Binh Nguyen Nashville, TN October 2012

"Applicable to every pt. Helps with direct access and medical screening...Great with CPRs...Great stuff. Awesome instructor."
Dave Germeyer Florence, KY January 2012

"Provided up to date information on trends towards outcomes, questions, CPR's, and EBP. I like the details provided to evidence-clinical practice with direct access population increasing, I enjoyed all the medical screening tools... Wonderful instructor very knowledge with clinical application. "
Debbie Steiner Youngstown, OH November 2013

"Every PT young or old should take this course, for better education or review of newer evidence-based research."
Ben Moes New York, NY February 2014

"This course throws out all biases from the marketing problem within PT. It focuses on the BEST literature available to improve clinical practice... Maitland seminars have helped me to become a symptom provocation physical therapist, which is strongly supported in evidence. I feel more confident in my treatment because patients are stating "I feel better" sooner."
Chris Fuson Knoxville, TN April 2014


All MT-O: Evidence-Based Orthopedic Diagnostic Evaluation Seminar Testimonials


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Looking for a COMT? This list of Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapists (or COMTs) includes all COMT graduates worldwide, as well as MAPS faculty. We suggest that you visit this page often to check course confirmation status and to find new courses which are added frequently. Our seminars incorporate the teaching of Geoff Maitland and others who have contributed to what has become known as the "Maitland-Australian Approach". Registering for classes is easy. Submit full payment with the registration form. Reservations are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. Come meet our world-class faculty. Each of our faculty has experience in a wide variety of manual therapy practices and specialty areas.


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