A sweeping multiorganizational effort to create a shared vision for physical therapist clinical education has arrived at a turning point and is now reaching out to the profession for input.
The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), APTA, the Education Section of APTA, and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBT) have announced several opportunities for stakeholders in physical therapy to get involved in a conversation about best practices for clinical education in entry-level physical therapist education.
The opportunities for PT input are being offered in several areas:
The offerings over the summer will inform the creation of a shared vision at the Clinical Education Summit planned for October 12–13 in Kansas City, Missouri. Organizers will use the positions from the JOPTE papers as they have been shaped through discussions to reach agreement on best practices. Participants at the summit will include 2 representatives from each ACAPT institution, members of APTA leadership, and stakeholders both within and outside of the physical therapy profession. The meeting immediately follows the 2014 Educational Leadership Conference.
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