A third cohort of physical therapists graduated from the ABPTRFE-accredited APTA's Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship on July 20, 2014, completing a yearlong higher education leadership program to become ELI Fellows. The program consists of:
- 9 online modules provided by nonphysical therapy content expert faculty;
- 3 2-day face-to-face mentorship sessions with ongoing mentorship provided by experienced physical therapy program directors;
- higher-education mentorship provided by administrators within participants’ institutions or organizations; and
- implementation of a personal leadership plan and an institution-based leadership project.
In addition, the15 new ELI fellows cultivated a shared learning community and network with opportunities to integrate curriculum content within their current and future education leadership roles and responsibilities.
The ELI Fellowship strives 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 that respond to changes in health care and society, and engage in public discourse that advances the physical therapy profession.
Partners who help promote and support the ELI Fellowship include the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, the Education Section, and the PTA Educators Special Interest Group. Find more information about the ELI Fellowship on APTA's website and view video testimonials of ELI graduates on YouTube.
2014 ELI Fellow graduates, and their academic and APTA section affiliations, are identified from the back row to the front row and from left to right:
Kimberly Susan Novak, PT, DPT, MBA (Concorde Career College, acute care and education)
David M. Morris, PT, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham, aquatic physical therapy, education, geriatric, and neurology)
Jody C. Cormack, PT, DPT, MSEd, NCS (California State University Long Beach, education and neurology)
Mark Goodman Bowden, PT, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina, education, neurology, and research)
Patrick S. Pabian, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS (University of Central Florida, education, orthopaedic and sports)
Anita M. Santasier, PT, PhD, OCS (Stony Brook University, education, orthopaedic, and research)
Nicole Kristine Christensen, PT, PhD (Samuel Merritt University, education and orthopaedic)
Susan Louise Shore, PT, MSPT, PhD (Azusa Pacific University, acute care, education, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and health policy and administration)
Stephanie Jo Dapice Wong, PT, DPT, OTR, CAPS (Touro College, education)
Lisa Donegan Shoaf, PT, DPT, PhD (Mary Baldwin College, education, health policy and administration, and orthopaedic)
Shawn Michelle Drake, PT, PhD (Arkansas State University, education)
Todd Allen Telemeco, PT, DPT, PhD, ECS (Shenandoah University, clinical electrophysiology and wound management, education, and orthopaedic)
Deborah S. Diaz, PT, PhD (University of Texas at El Paso, education, health policy and administration, neurology, orthopedic, and research)
Mary Kate McDonnell, PT, DPT, OCS (Washington University School of Medicine, education, orthopaedic, and research)
Sara Faye Maher, PT, DScPT, OMPT (Wayne State University, clinical electrophysiology and wound management, education, and orthopaedic)
2013 ELI Fellow Graduates
2012 ELI Fellow Graduates