Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, PhD, PCS, told attendees at the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties opening ceremony of the value of coordination of APTA’s Specialist Certification program and its Residency/Fellowship program.
At Wednesday evening’s Combined Sections Meeting 2011 event, she said, "I'm in a unique position to talk about the journey, the evolution of both the Residency/Fellowship and Specialist Certification programs because of the privilege to have served on both boards at an important time in the evolution of these programs. Both of these programs evolved from basic ideas to being successful within their own right."
She praised "visionary physical therapists"—citing Mary McMillan, Mildred Elson, Catherine Worthingham, and Katherine Shepard—who "envisioned physical therapists as professionals" and who "discussed the need for specialty practice in physical therapy and the need to promote lifelong learning."
Nixon-Cave said they "reminded me of a quote from Dr Martin Luther King Jr: 'Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.' These individuals didn't know what the staircase would look like in the future, but they set the foundation for the steps on the staircase."
Continue reading Nixon-Cave's address in the February 11 issue of CSM 2011 Daily News, which includes coverage of the Linda Crane Memorial Lecture; oncology rehabilitation; the role and future of physical therapy; using virtual reality for patient evaluation, rehabilitation, and assessment; the relationship between exercise and brain health; and more.
For pre-conference coverage, go to the February 10 issue.