Nominations being accepted September 1 through December 1, 2019
Established in 2019, the APTA Outstanding Physical Therapist Resident Award honors recent residency graduates in order to recognize the intrinsic value of postprofessional training, and thereby promote and provide for the development and accreditation of residency education programs in physical therapy.
To be considered for this award all nominees must meet the following requirements:
- Be active APTA members in good standing at the time of the nomination and selection.
- Be within 2 years immediately following graduation from a residency program accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). This period includes 1 year preceding the nomination.
- Be nominated by a representative of an ABPTRFE-accredited physical therapist residency education program. Self-nominations are not permitted for this award.
- Be licensed or regulated if required by the jurisdiction where the individual is practicing.
Criteria for Selection
Nominees must have demonstrated:
- Evidence of current and potential contributions to the physical therapy profession
- Promotion of ethical standards and professional conduct
- Promotion of best practice patterns within clinical practice through teaching, mentoring, and scholarly work
- Contributions to the American Physical Therapy Association at the national, component, and/or district levels
- Dedicated service to the community through activities that enhance quality of life, function, and societal well-being
The following documents are required to accompany the nomination:
- Completed application form (.doc)
- Graduation certificate from the nominee's program confirming enrollment and successful graduation; certificate must be included in the nomination package upon submission
- A completed narrative description (not to exceed 1 page) from the nominee; narrative's content should focus upon the nominee's experience within their respective program and its significance or effect upon their future goals in the profession
- Letter of nomination (from the nominee's program director or faculty member) that specifically focuses on the strength of the nominee in relation to the award criteria, not to exceed 3 pages
- Two letters of support, not to exceed 2 pages each, obtained from individuals who can specifically address 1 or more of the criteria for selection; 1 of these letters must be provided by a faculty member or mentor at the nominee's program
What Recipients Receive
An award will be presented to the selected recipient(s) by APTA's Board of Directors at NEXT Conference and Exposition. Selected recipients also will be recognized in an official announcement that will appear in an association publication.
Submit a Nomination
Nominations must be submitted electronically. Please note that the nominator is responsible for reviewing and ensuring the proper completion of all steps within the online nomination submission process before final submission.
All completed nomination submissions for this award must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2019, to be considered for the 2020 Honors & Awards Program.
If you have any questions about the nomination process or the award, please contact our Honors & Awards Program at email@example.com.