• Thursday, August 07, 2014RSS Feed

    New Trainers Ready to Advance Clinical Instruction

    The physical therapy profession now has 28 more reasons to feel good about the future of clinical training.

    On July 1, 28 physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) were awarded the Clinical Trainer credential that will allow them to deliver APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP), a training offering that refines clinical instructor skills and provides them with the tools to promote APTA's professionalism core values. The 28 new Credentialed Clinical Trainers will be responsible for conducting and administering APTA's CCIP courses, teaching selected content of the CCIP using active training strategies, and managing the assessment center that awards the APTA Clinical Instructor credential.

    To become a Credentialed Clinical Trainer you must attend APTA's 3-day CCIP Trainer course in Alexandria, Virginia, where you will be instructed on how to provide high-quality, active learning clinical instructor education, how to deliver a competency assessment program, and how to effectively manage, coordinate, and administer the CCIP.

    This year's CCIP Trainer course was held April 24 to April 26. Participants were reviewed by an advisory work group and notified in June of their Clinical Trainer Credential status. A full list of APTA's trainers may be accessed online.

    The program continues to receive positive reviews from participants, who have described the course as "fantastic," "superb," and one that provides teaching techniques that are "applicable immediately in the classroom." Visit the APTA website for further information on becoming a Credentialed Clinical Trainer or Credentialed Clinical Instructor.


    Thursday, August 07, 2014RSS Feed

    Top 15 Randomized Trials Being Sought

    Well-conducted randomized trials can have a powerful influence on physical therapist practice. So which ones are the best of the best?

    That's the question the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) would like your help in answering.

    As part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the PEDro database, the Australia-based Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy is asking users to nominate studies for a list of the 15 "most significant" randomized trials in physical therapy. Between now and August 29, users are being asked to fill out an online form with the citation details of important trials, and briefly explain why they're making the nomination. Users may nominate more than 1 trial each.

    Staff at the Centre will shortlist the nominations before turning the list over to a panel of experts for final rankings.


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