Size of Appointed Group
10 individuals: 1 Board Chair, 1 Board member, and 8 APTA members. Other Board, member, and external consultants may serve in non-voting advisory roles as determined by the work of the task force.
All members of this task force will be physical therapists. Other Board, member, and external consultants may serve in non-voting advisory roles as determined by the work of the task force.
- Experience in one or more aspects of clinical education and/or post-graduate clinical training of physical therapists or other health professionals.
- Awareness of trends in health care delivery, health care provider workforce issues, and health professions licensure.
- Informed on current strategic priorities and recent developments within APTA.
- Ability to think broadly and participate productively in the process of group dialogue and decision-making (can advocate for own views and with the group consider alternatives to current thinking).
- Strategic thinker; able to see possibilities in complex situations.
- Collaborative worker; willing to put the needs of the profession ahead of individual interests.
- Innovative thinker; willing and able to challenge any approach.
- Ability to meet the time commitment required to participate, including virtual and onsite meetings and additional other work necessary to meet the charge.
Stakeholder groups may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT);
- Education Section, APTA;
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE);
- Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT);
- PT academic program chairs and faculty members;
- American Board of Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy (ABPTRFE);
- PT clinical educators in varied clinical practice settings;
- practice owners/employers of physical therapists;
- involvement in the creation of the motion to the 2014 House of Delegates; and
- early career physical therapists.
Every effort will be made to ensure that the group is balanced between academic and clinical practice stakeholders, geographically and demographically diverse, and representative of the House of Delegates, committees and components.
The Task Force is expected to have 2 face-to-face meetings in 2016. Monthly webinar meetings will be held beginning in December 2015 and will continue for the duration of the task force charge.
The Best Practice in Clinical Education Task Force will consider strategies and provide a recommendation(s) to the Board of Directors to identify best practice for physical therapist clinical education, from professional level through postprofessional clinical training, and propose potential courses of action for a doctoring profession to move toward practice that best meets the evolving needs of society.
The Board of Directors’ determined charge for the Best Practice in Clinical Education Task Force is as follows. The task force will be disbanded as appropriate, by the Board of Directors when the charge has been met.
- Investigate current models of physical therapist clinical education from professional level through postprofessional clinical training, including findings from related studies and conferences in physical therapy and other health professions.
- Define scope of current and anticipated future needs in clinical education with particular investigation into how to best prepare physical therapists for practice in an evolving health care environment.
- Investigate options for future clinical education models, including but not limited to relationships between academic institutions and clinical education sites, mandatory postprofessional clinical training and staged licensure.
- Describe feasibility of future clinical education models, including pros and cons.
- Provide options to the Board of Directors with recommendations for action and a report to the 2017 House of Delegates.
All APTA appointed groups will conduct their work with the Association Organizational Values in mind and in the context of 1) APTA's mission, vision, and strategic plan, and 2) the potential for their work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.
BOD Chair: Cynthia Armstrong, PT, DPT
Staff Liaison: William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAAOMPT -- Executive Vice President – Professional Affairs
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