A fifth cohort of physical therapists graduated from the ABPTRFE-accredited APTA's Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship on July 14, 2016, completing a yearlong higher education leadership program to become ELI Fellows. The program consists of:
- 9 online modules provided by nonphysical therapy content expert faculty;
- 3, 2-day face-to-face sessions with ongoing mentorship provided by experienced physical therapy program directors;
- higher-education mentorship provided by administrators within participants' institutions or organizations; and
- implementation of a personal leadership plan and an institution-based leadership project.
In addition, the 15 new ELI fellows cultivated a shared learning community and network with opportunities to integrate curriculum content within their current and future education leadership roles and responsibilities.
The ELI Fellowship strives to develop physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education program directors with the leadership skills to facilitate change and improvement in the academic environment of the 21st century, think strategically to creatively implement solutions in education that respond to changes in health care and society, and engage in public discourse that advances the physical therapy profession.
Partners who help promote and support the ELI Fellowship include the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, the Education Section, and the PTA Educators Special Interest Group. Find more information about the ELI Fellowship on APTA's website and view video testimonials of ELI graduates on YouTube.
2016 ELI Fellow graduates, and their academic affiliations, are identified from the back row to the front row and from left to right:
Burke Gurney, PT, PhD, OCS (University of New Mexico)
Teressa F. Brown, PT, DPT, PhD OCS (West Coast University)
Stacy L. Fritz, PT, PhD (University of South Carolina)
Joy Renae Karges, PT, EdD (University of South Dakota)
Tracy J. Brudvig, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS (MGH Institute of Health Professions)
Catherine Ortega, PT, EdD, ATC, OCS (The University of Texas Health Science Center)
A. Lynn Millar, PT, PhD, FACSM (Winston-Salem State University)
Ivan J. Mulligan, PT, DSc, ATC, SCS (Saint Francis University)
Edward C. Mahoney, PT, DPT, CWS (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport
Diane M. Wrisley, PT, PhD, NCS (Wingate University)
Melanie Heffington, PT, DPT (Tulsa Community College)
Myla C. Quiben, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, NCS (University of Texas Health Science Center)
Stacie J. Fruth, PT, DHSc, OCS (University of Indianapolis)
J. Adrienne McAuley, PT, DPT, MEd, OCS, FAAOMPT (University of New England)
Howell E. Tapley, PT, PhD, OCS (Indiana State University)
2015 ELI Fellow Graduates
2014 ELI Fellow Graduates
2013 ELI Fellow Graduates
2012 ELI Fellow Graduates