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  • WCPT Accepting Award Nominations

    Feel like yelling from the rooftops to tell the world about an outstanding physical therapist (PT)? Come down. There's a safer way.

    The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is seeking nominations for its awards program that honors PTs who have contributed to the profession or global health at an international level. The WCPT deadline for nominations is August 31; nominations seeking support from APTA must be submitted to APTA staff by August 15. APTA is a member of WCPT.

    There are 4 award categories open to nomination by WCPT’s member organizations, regions, or subgroups: the Mildred Elson Award, the International Service Award, the Humanitarian Service Award, and the Leadership in Rehabilitation Award. Descriptions of the awards, eligibility criteria (.pdf), and lists of past recipients can be found on WCPT's awards webpage. Nomination forms are required for all submissions and can be obtained by contacting René Malone.

    Awards will be presented during the 2015 General Meeting and Congress May 1-4 in Singapore. Contact René Malone with questions.

    Oncologists Say AMEN to Conversations With Patients Hoping for a Miracle

    Physical therapists (PTs) who find themselves the bearer of disappointing news for their patients and clients may want to take a cue from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, whose oncologists are using a new tool that helps them navigate conversations with patients counting on a miracle to turn a bad prognosis around.

    Called the AMEN (Affirm, Meet, Educate, No matter what) protocol, the tool provides a roadmap that allows the health care provider to acknowledge and respect patients’ belief systems while continuing to educate them on their diagnosis and continuing treatment. AMEN consists of a recommended script for talking with patients, to "maintain trust and foster open and honest communication as the care plan is being discussed," according to a news release from the Kimmel Center.

    The protocol walks providers through a 4-part conversation in which they affirm the patient's beliefs, meet the patient and family where they are in terms of hoping for a miracle, educate them from the perspective of a health care professional, and assure the patient that the provider will be there for them no matter what.

    “We do not expect providers to become theologians or ‘miracle experts,’” said AMEN co-creator Rhonda S. Cooper, MDiv, BCC, the Cancer Center’s chaplain, “but instead to maintain the connection and respond to the patient’s invitation to journey with them through their experience.”

    The AMEN protocol was discussed in the May 6 online issue of The Journal of Oncology Practice (abstract only available for free), and has since been featured in TIME magazine and on the Science Daily website.

    Foundation Announces $250,500 in Scholarships, Fellowship Awards

    Sixteen physical therapists (PTs) will receive a combined total of $250,500 in scholarships and 1 fellowship from the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) through the Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I and II programs and the New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI).

    The PODS scholarships are part of the Foundation's postprofessional Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholarships (DOCS) program. The scholarships are primarily funded by the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Scholarship Fund, and are designed to assist PTs at various stages in their pursuit of a doctoral degree. The NIFTI is a post-doctoral fellowship intended to fund a mentored research experience in continuation of the development of recent post-professional, doctorally prepared physical therapist researchers.

    "The level of excellence of our scholarship and fellowship applications continues to grow," said Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT. "The Foundation is proud to support such outstanding physical therapists as they begin their research careers."

    A complete list of award recipients and descriptions of their achievements can be found in a Foundation news release (.pdf).