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Recent Accomplishments

In 2018, we accomplished the following:

  • Education Research & Scholarship
    • Held an Education Research Networking breakfast held at CSM and ELC
    • RIPPT
      • assessing the scientific underpinning of the delivery of interventions by the professiono developing grants for post-doctoral training for the best & brightest DPTs in research-intensive programs (working to identify prospective grant providers, such as the foundation, etc);
      • Finding means by which we can assess how DPTs use scientific evidence in their clinical decision making
      • Investigating options by which DPTs who successfully complete post-doctoral research would be considered as part of core faculty and contributors to the body of knowledge required to more effectively help clients
  • Clinical Education
    • Co-sponsored a Clinical Education Strategy Meeting with APTA and APTE
    • Publication in PTJ of the post-summit strategic initiative panel on Integrated Clinical Education
  • Student Interests
    • Created/posted several informational documents on key topic areas to allow students to have improved understanding of these topics. The key topic areas initially identified include: 1) Traffic rules, 2) NPTE registration, 3) considerations when looking for your 1st job, 4) Clinical education terminology and 5) PT student loans.
    • Jointly formed a task force to address student debt with the Academy of Physical Therapy Education and American Physical Therapy Association
    • Participated on the panel at the University of Iowa 2018 Educational Summit: Student Debt Crisis in Academic Physical Therapy
    • Accepted applications for the CHEP and Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation co-sponsored 2nd annual physical therapy student writing competition
    • The Student Leadership Development group is collaborating with PPS and the Student Assembly to identify leadership competencies and resources that should be taught /referenced in academic programs
  • Health & Wellness
    • Participated in the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, Health & Medicine Division, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Planning Workshop on A Systems Approach to Alleviating Work-induced Stress and Improving Health, Well-being, and Resilience of Health Professionals Within and Beyond Education: A Workshop
    • Created a task force to Enhance Programs Awareness to Student-Clinician Mental Health and Wellness, which is in response to the motion at ELC last year to which we were referring as Resilience
    • CHEP grant applications for support novel research, education, or practice opportunities that aim to foster the integration of the Humanities, Ethics, and/or Professionalism into physical therapy education
    • developing a repository of curricular examples
  • Leadership Development
    • Hosted a sold-out session called Your Leadership Mindset: Think Big, Act Boldly on the Thursday of ELC as developed by the ACAPT Leadership Academy
    • Building leadership capacity in the academic enterprise in collaboration with PPS, ELI, Student Assembly, and others
    • Preparing people to be better administrators to help with meeting CAPTE criteria
    • Collecting examples of how programs develop student leaders in their DPT programs
    • Creating a leadership competency grid called the Leadership Compass that includes 3 levels of leadership development (self, leading others, mentoring others to lead) across multiple competency areas (communication, self-development, conflict management, management, etc.). 
    • Creating a badge program whereby learners can earn badges for demonstrating competence in aspects of the Leadership Compass.  Participation in other leadership development entities (ELI, LAMP, etc.) will qualify learners to achieve badges. 
  • Pedagogy
    • Developing best practice deliverables (sessions) related to education methods, processes, and assessment in PT education;  examples are teachers talking about cognitive load and how it impacts student learning
    • Facilitated discussions on best practices to meet and exceed CAPTE criteria which may contribute to a common set of program objectives; examples of CAPTE criteria are reviewed/discussed during the consortium's meeting at ELC
    • The Common Terminology Glossary for Physical Therapist Clinical Education was published in PTJ 
    • Created a common terminology dissemination task force
    • Members approved a plan for ACAPT to work with CAPTE and the FSBPT to develop a strategic plan, including a timeline, policies, and procedures to determine what would be required to develop and implement a national registry of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who graduated from an accredited program.
    • Members approved a plan to promote the Alternate Approval Process developed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy to ease the administrative burden of various stakeholders during the initial processes of students entering the physical therapy community
  • Interprofessional
    • NIPEC
      • Created four working groups: IPE Faculty Development/Scholarship; Program Development and Assessment; Strategic Partnerships with Community Sites; Policies regarding Cross Disciplinary Supervision/CAPTE
      • Working with a number of APTA Sections to identify ways to showcase collaborative practice, especially in private practice with a goal of providing these types of experiences to our students when they are out on clinical rotation.

In 2017, we accomplished the following:

  • Participated in an Education Research Strategy Meeting with APTA and the Education Section that has resulted in multiple groups working on:
    • Creation of a conceptual framework to guide education research, and adoption of a set of physical therapy-specific entrustable professional activities (EPAs) to guide professional and postprofessional development, including a self-assessment process for practicing physical therapists, will be catalysts to bridge this gap
    • Creation of a community of education researchers to act as mentors and to provide continued learning opportunities in educational research, known as the Education Research Network.  We held our first Education Research Networking Breakfast at CSM in New Orleans and it was a great success!
    • We are conducting a comprehensive data needs assessment with the goals of identifying currently available data sets across physical therapy organizations and determining the degree to which they are standardized, interconnected, and accessible to educational researchers. The creation of a new centralized institutional data repository.
    • Creation of a grant writing workshop that is based on the successful TIGRR workshops for rehabilitation research.
    • The first Medical Education Research Certificate workshop held at ELC and sold out
  • Created a Student Honor Society task force to identify the policies and procedures by which the society will be governed
  • Reported from the Task Force on Standardized Graduate Outcome Recommendations disseminated
  • Developed our 2018-2021 Strategic Plan
  • Oral history videos and audio interviews released and article submitted in JOPTE
  • Participation in workgroups of the Education Leadership Partnership (ELP)
  • Established the ACAPT Leadership Academy (#ACAPTLA) focused on developing and offering leadership training and resources to assist faculty to organize and integrate leadership development into their professional development plans. 
  • Collaborated with The Private Practice Section on developing a curriculum for leadership training for DPT students
  • Presented the ACAPT Strategic Initiative Panels: Summary of Recommendations on the topics of Common Terminology, Integrated Clinical Education, and Student Readiness
  • Participated in the town hall feedback forums in response to the report on Best Practice for PT Clinical Education
  • Sponsored a student writing award and an annual Educational Grant for PT faculty
  • Developed an online networking tool for sharing interprofessional education
  • Submitted a manuscript to  PTJ on a survey of how academic educators define, teach and assess clinical reasoning
  • Developed of a task force to build research trained faculty

and more!


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