Legislation introduced on December 8 by Sen Susan Collins (R-ME) would add physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs) to the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship, which currently offers tuition assistance for physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, optometrists, psychologists, physician assistants, pharmacists, and veterinarians serving in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Collins had proposed the addition of PTs and OTs to the scholarship program in an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. In talking points on the amendment, which was not considered due to time limitation on debate, she said that data provided by the Department of Defense indicates there is a shortage of both PTs and OTs in the Air Force and the Navy—in active duty, reserve, civilian, and contractor positions. Collins called the inclusion of PTs and OTs an "important insurance policy against a shortfall of these medical professionals who help our wounded warriors return to living full and independent lives."
APTA is awaiting word on how the bill (S 1976) is expected to move through the legislative process.
Today, APTA launched its "12 days of Fitness" scavenger hunt contest. The goal of the holiday-themed contest is to expand Move Forward's presence on Twitter and Facebook and drive traffic to MoveForwardPT.com to learn who and what physical therapists treat and where patients can find one. At 10 am ET from December 12-23, APTA will post a clue to its consumer Twitter and Facebook pages linking new and current followers back MoveForwardPT.com to find the clue’s answer. Participants will have to watch a video or read content to find the correct answer and submit it by midnight ET. Three winners will be selected at random to receive a prize. Encourage your patients, colleagues, friends, and families to participate in the contest.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy recently announced that Keiser Corporation has joined the Partners in Research program as a Silver Level Partner. The Partners in Research program recognizes corporate donors and sponsorships that support the Foundation’s mission to provide doctoral scholarships, fellowships, and research grants to emerging physical therapist researchers.
Keiser, founded in 1976, designs, manufactures, and sells devices that individuals can use to build their strength and power.