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APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors would like to give PT and PTA students consistent updates on all the great work being done by our association.

Student Recruitment - Youth Outreach From Ryan Bannister, director of student recruitment and Mya Shackleford, program manager for student pipeline initiatives.
Since 2018, APTA has looked toward raising awareness of the physical therapy profession throughout grades K-12 and collegiate educational pipeline. In 2019, APTA staff and volunteers participated in 25 local, regional, and national student recruitment events. They expanded our partnership with HOSA-Future Health Professionals to include sponsorship of their national events, placing APTA in front of more than 240,000 student members nationwide. They also hosted the first virtual residency and fellowship education recruitment fair for students. Currently, APTA staff is working on new methods and resources to help volunteers go out in their individual communities to spread the word about the physical therapy profession. They will need the help of the Student Assembly. Want to stay up-to-date? Create a profile on APTA Engage and select Student Recruitment as an area of interest.

American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education From Kendra Harrington, PT, DPT, MS, director, residency/fellowship accreditation.
The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 14, 2019, of granting the first program accreditation. ABPTRFE accredits clinical and nonclinical residency and fellowship programs in 22 different areas of practice, with 330 programs having obtained ABPTRFE accreditation. Currently, there are over 7,000 graduates of accredited residency and fellowship education programs. In 2019, ABPTRFE launched a new Candidacy Workshop and Accreditation Workshop through APTA Learning Center. In 2020, ABPTRFE is scheduled to conduct more than 105 program on-site visits with over 130 programs seeking initial or renewal of accreditation currently, and plans to develop a certification process for faculty mentors.

Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry From Karen Chesbrough, MPH, director, APTA outcomes registry.
The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry now contains more than 1 million patient visit files (representing approximately 130,000 individual patients). Physical therapists using the Registry data are making clinical changes that are impacting their patient outcomes. The Registry has identified improvements in patient outcomes when practices and PTs track and examine their clinical data, identify areas for improvement, and then reevaluate the data the following quarter.

Have questions? Reach out to the people listed above or feel free to contact anyone on APTA's Student Assembly Board of Directors.


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