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  • New Podcast: Excellence in Physical Therapist Education

    In a new APTA podcast lead investigator Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and coinvestigators Jan Gwyer, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Terry Nordstrom, PT, EdD, describe the history and background of the study Physical Therapist Education for the 21st Century (PTE-21).      

    The PTE-21 research team, which also includes Laurita M. Hack, PT, DPT, MBA, PhD, FAPTA, and Elizabeth Mostrom, PT, PhD, is in the process of conducting 4 site visits aimed at uncovering and examining the crucial dimensions of excellence in physical therapist education across academic and clinical settings.

    The group will issue a final report on the first phase of the study in the fall of 2013. Also in 2013, Jensen and colleagues will begin fundraising for the second phase of the study that will include an additional 6 sites. 

    Phase I of the study is funded by a 2-year APTA award of $50,000. The funding is the result of a request for proposal (RFP) for "Innovation and Excellence in Academic and Clinical Education Funding" developed by APTA and announced in November 2010. The RFP was targeted at stakeholder groups throughout the profession.  


    • It's not rocket science. It's teachers who were dedicated to their patients and are enthusiastic and dedicated to PT and their students.It's students who have been exposed to PT through volunteering or working in the field and who are mature and wanting enough to take on the challenges we face as clinicians.It's not about "productivity" and "efficiency" as "business" people would have us believe.If we take excellent care of our patients the "business" part will take care of itself. If we provide mediocre care and develop a bad reputation in our community , productivity will be the least of our worries.

      Posted by Eric Ordnung on 1/26/2013 6:51 AM

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