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  • Clinical Education Webinar Series Continues With Focus on Partnerships

    A sweeping multiorganizational effort to create a shared vision for physical therapist clinical education continues to advance, and now needs stakeholders to participate in webinars focused on partnerships.

    The webinars are the latest in a series of open forums that allow participants to engage in discussions around position papers that were published in a special issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE). The next 2 webinars will focus on the papers by McCallum, et al, and Applebaum, et al. The first will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 8:00 pm–9:15 pm ET, and the second is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, 4:00 pm–5:15 pm ET. Webinar facilitators will be Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD, Scott Euype, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS, and Stephanie Piper Kelly, PT, PhD.

    Instructions for joining the webinars can be found here. Participants are strongly urged to read the position papers before the online sessions.

    Discussions from the webinars will inform the creation of a shared vision at the Clinical Education Summit planned for October 12–13 in Kansas City, Missouri, where participants will use the positions from the JOPTE papers as they have been shaped through discussions to reach agreement on best practices. The effort is being led by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), APTA, the Education Section of APTA, and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBT).


    • It is vitally important that the profession also look at PTA education, including both clinical and didactic aspects. These clinicians provide care within our profession as well, so their education is equally important. Reform, specifically length and breadth of programs, needs to occur for PTAs very soon.

      Posted by Dave Ravnikar on 7/26/2014 10:03 AM

    • Thank you Dave R. for your suggestion on reform for the PTA. There are many of us PTA's who would like to advance our degree, however are unable to transition to the DPT program at this time. Although I hold a BS degree in Health Care Administration, it does not allow the opportunity to pursue advanced therapy specialties, specific certifications or the DPT. The PTA plays a vital role in clinical care for our profession.

      Posted by Lisa Zemaitis on 7/28/2014 8:19 AM

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