A fifth cohort of physical therapists graduated from the ABPTRFE-accredited APTA's Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship in 2017, 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 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, the 18 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.
2017 ELI Graduates
Scott Bennie, PT, DSc, MBA
Donna Bowers, PT, DPT, MPH, PCS
John Buford, PT, PhD
Sarah Case, PT, DScPT
Tricia Catalino, PT, DSc, PCS
Greg Dedrick, PT, MPT, ScD
Ashraf Elazzazi, PT, PhD
Karen Gordes, PhD, PT, DScPT
Emmanuel John, PT, DPT, PhD, MBA
James Lynskey, PT, PhD
JJ Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA
Kelly Musti, PT, DPT, GCS
Kirk Peck, PT, PhD, CSCS, CCRT
Patricia Pohl, PT, PhD
Peter Rundquist, PT, PhD
Debbie Silkwood-Sherer, DHS, PT, HPCS
Priscilla Weaver, PT, PhD, DPT, PCS
Sharan Zirges, PT, MSHA
2016 ELI Fellow Graduates
2015 ELI Fellow Graduates
2014 ELI Fellow Graduates
2013 ELI Fellow Graduates