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Sixteen seasoned physical therapy educators have deepened their knowledge and skills over the past year, thanks to the APTA Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship. The latest cohort pushes the program past the 100-graduate mark.

These physical therapists (PTs) made up ELI's seventh cohort of ELI fellows when they graduated in July after completing a yearlong higher education program that consisted of:

  • 9 online modules provided by content expert faculty;
  • 3 2-day face-to-face mentorship sessions and ongoing mentorship provided by experienced physical therapy program directors;
  • higher-education mentorship provided by physical therapy education leaders; and
  • implementation of a personal leadership plan and an institution-based leadership project.

The ELI Fellowship strives to provide developing and aspiring program directors in physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs with the skills and resources they need to be innovative, influential, and visionary leaders who can function within a rapidly evolving, politico-sociocultural environment.

Partners who help promote and support the ELI Fellowship include the American Physical Therapy Association, American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, Academy of Physical Therapy Education, and PTA Educators Special Interest Group. Find out more information about the ELI Fellowship on APTA's website. Questions about the program? Contact eli@apta.org.

The program was first accredited in 2012 by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), the accrediting body for postprofessional residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy, and it was reaccredited in 2017 for a 10-year period.


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