The inaugural class of 13 participants graduated from APTA's Education Leadership Institute (ELI) on July 19. The first cohort completed a yearlong higher education leadership program that consisted of 9 online modules provided by nonphysical therapy content expert faculty; 3, 2-day face-to-face interactive mentorship sessions with ongoing mentorship provided by experienced physical therapy program directors throughout the year; higher education mentorship provided administrators within participants’ institutions/organizations; implementation of a personal leadership development plan; and implementation of an institution-based leadership project. ELI graduates cultivated a shared learning community and network with opportunities to integrate curriculum content within their current and future education leadership roles and responsibilities.
The goal of ELI is 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 to respond to changes in health care and society, and engage in public discourse that advances the physical therapy profession. The institute’s shared partners in the promotion, support, and implementation of ELI include the Academic Council, Education Section, and PTA Educators Special Interest Group. More information about ELI can be found on APTA's website.
ELI graduates are identified from the back row from left to right: Karen Abraham, PT, PhD (Shenandoah University, VA - Education, Orthopaedic, Women’s Health Sections); Amy Heath, PT, DPT, OCS (Temple University, PA - Education, Orthopaedic Sections); Kevin Brueilly, PT, PhD (Lynchburg College, VA & Wingate University, NC - Education Research, Acute Care Sections); Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD (University of Indianapolis, IN - Education, Geriatrics, Health Policy & Administration, Neurology, Research Sections); Kevin Chui, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, OCS (Sacred Heart University, CT - Education, Orthopaedic, Geriatrics Sections); Jill Horbacewicz, PT, PhD, OCS (Touro College, NY - Education Section); Mary Dockter, PT, PhD, MEd (University of Mary, ND - Education, Women’s Health Sections); Denise Bender, PT, JD, MED (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, OK - Education, Geriatrics Sections); Diane Heislein, PT, DPT, MS, OCS (Boston University, MA - Education, Orthopaedic, Oncology Sections); Katherine Harris, PT, PhD (Quinnipiac University, CT - Education, Acute Care, Clinical Electro & Wound Management, Oncology Sections); Terri Dinsmore, PT, DPT (Clarke State Community College, OH - Education Section); Julia Chevan, PT, PhD, MPH, OCS (Springfield College, MA - Education, Research, Orthopaedic, Health Policy & Administration Sections); and Erin Conrad, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MT, FAAOMPT (University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, FL - Education, Orthopaedic Sections)