ABPTRFE and APTA staff remain busy working to create tools and resources for residency and fellowship programs. Below is a list of current projects with their status:
Residency Competency Work Group - ABPTRFE has established a 10-member work group to define expected competencies of a physical therapist residency graduate. The work of this group will include the creation of an assessment evaluation instrument for residency training in all areas of specialty that will undergo psychometric testing. In addition, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) tools will be created for each individual specialty to address specialty-specific competencies. This group initiated their work in February 2015 and is anticipated to take approximately 2 years to complete.
Curriculum Resource Manual – APTA staff is reviewing educational resources available through APTA, its Sections, and the Learning Center to determine appropriate content that can be used within a residency or fellowship program's curriculum. Once compiled, a Curriculum Resource Manual will be posted on the ABPTRFE website to assist residency and fellowship programs in meeting curriculum requirements.
Grant Funding – APTA staff is exploring additional grant funding opportunities for both programs and program participants. Once finalized, a resource of grant funding will be published on the ABPTRFE website.
CEU Credits for Program Faculty and Participants – APTA staff is exploring the feasibility of obtaining continuing education units for both program faculty and program participants of an APTA-accredited residency and fellowship program to assist these individuals in meeting requirements for licensure renewal.
ASPA Membership – ABPTRFE has received funding from APTA to explore the ability to obtain membership in the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). This association represents its members on issues of educational quality facing institutions of higher education, governments, students, and the public. ASPA advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.