Dr. Godges serves USC in a part-time position where his primary focus is to support clinical residency and fellowship programs and the professional development of clinical instructors through high quality continuing education. Joe coordinates the efforts of USC to provide the didactic instruction to support the expanding number of clinical residency and fellowship programs across the nation as well as to meet the needs of physical therapist seeking cutting edge post-graduate clinical education. This instruction will be provided in a classroom and lab facility near LAX that is designated solely to provide professional development for therapists using both a weekend format for therapists within driving distance as well as modular, consecutive day formats, for therapists traveling to Los Angeles for a block of concentrated training. USC also co-sponsors the didactic component orthopaedic physical therapy residency education and continuing education seminars, which Joe teaches, in Virginia and Maryland each year.
In addition to his activities with USC, Joe is the ICF-based Clinical Practice Guidelines Coordinator for the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA, Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. In addition, Joe is the Coordinator of Clinical Education and Practice for OptimisCorp, a company that provides software and practice management support for outpatient orthopaedic and sports physical therapy private practices. Previously, Joe was the coordinator of the physical therapy clinical residency and fellowship programs for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. He has also served terms on the Orthopaedic Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, on the APTA s Committee on Clinical Residency and Fellowship Credentialing, and on the Orthopaedic Section s Board of Directors. Joe was among the first group of 26 clinical specialists in orthopaedic physical therapy, originally certified in 1989.