A task force is a group of individuals appointed by the ACAPT Board of Directors to complete a specific charge or objective of interest to the enterprise of academic physical therapy. Task forces are typically composed of ACAPT members, but may include representation from other communities of interest. An ACAPT Board member will be assigned as a liaison to the task force. APTA Staff and/or a consultant could be asked to serve on or assist with an ACAPT task force, as needed. The board appoints the chair of the Task Force. The Chair organizes the work of the task force, recording meeting notes or minutes of meetings/conference calls, and submitting reports to
the ACAPT Board.
The Task Force’s work is completed when they present a report to the ACAPT Board of Directors on their findings with recommendations. The Board may support and accept any or all of the recommendations. The Board may also choose to table, take no action or edit the recommendations.
Purpose: The purpose of the Task Force is to explore what data is currently available versus that which needs to be acquired, along with the technology, systems, and costs needed for ACAPT to assess program outcomes relative to the criteria for excellence.
Objectives: The objectives of the Task Force are to use focus groups or other sound research techniques for broad soliciting feedback and existing systems in other professions in order to:
Task Force Members:
Chair: Kim Topp, University of California, San Francisco
Board liaison: Peter Altenburger, Indiana University
Timeline: The Task Force is expected to meet the following timeline:
Purpose: The purpose of the Task Force is to explore the processes, systems, and resources needed for ACAPT to establish a peer-based, multi-faceted recognition system similar to the ASPIRE model capable of evaluating applications from academic programs seeking recognition of excellence in a wide range of attributes and to honor those selected. Ideally, the system would also include a process for programs to self-evaluate against established criteria in order to facilitate excellence.
Objectives: The objectives of the Task Force are to use focus groups for broad feedback and the experiences of other professions in order to:
Chair: Susie Deusinger, retired from Washington University School of Medicine
Secretary: Yvonne Colgrove, University of Kansas Medical Center
Board liaison: Nancy Reese, University of Central Arkansas
In many universities, faculty qualifications often specify something like the following: “A PhD or equivalent, or the terminal degree in the profession.” This allows physicians to be faculty in medical schools, lawyers to be faculty in law schools, etc. Just as the initial entry degree in these professions is not sufficient to support success in the academy, neither is the DPT. However, fellowships after the entry level degree are a common route for medicine, and MD trained faculty with this type of fellowship training are just as successful in research, including NIH funding, as those trained with the MD/PhD. Recent conversations with NIH have indicated an interest in allowing this for DPTs, but the NIH would like to see some evidence that such a mechanism could work for DPT trained physical therapists before approving training grants.
The purpose of this task force is to explore the feasibility of developing a model program for research training of DPT graduates through a postdoctoral fellowship utilizing the NIFTI mechanism of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (F4PTR). The idea would be for ACAPT and other interested parties to fund one or two NIFTI fellowships dedicated to training DPT graduates in a two-year fellowship for research training. The expectation would be for this training to be mentored by successful physical therapy scientists who have experience and success with NIH funded work and in training PhD students and postdoctoral fellows who have gone on to succeed in faculty positions with heavy research demands.
Task Force to Establish a Blueprint for Excellence: Essentials for a DPT Program
Purpose: The purpose of the Task Force is to explore the creation of a new document to replace the current model for physical therapy education, to serve as a resource for current and
developing programs to create excellence in physical therapist education.
Objectives: The objectives of the Task Force are to use focus groups for broad feedback in order to:
Conduct a content assessment from ACAPT members regarding the priorities for information to be provided in a model for excellence in physical therapist education;
Develop the outline for a new model for educational program excellence;
Create a complete first draft of the new document and circulate it for feedback; and
Outline recommendations for how the new model would be implemented.
Guiding Principles: The activities of the Task Force should be guided by the following principles:
1) Involve multiple stakeholders in physical therapy education, avoiding any proprietary interests of one practice area or commercial businesses
2) Students, faculty, clinicians, regulatory bodies, and employers
3) Be able to address issues within the timeline established
4) Endeavor to work toward a positive impact for all parties involved
5) Reflect the diversity of the profession
6) Address the essential aspects of an effective physical therapy curriculum
7) Address the essential aspects of an effective physical therapy educational program as a whole
8) Include baseline expectations as well as hallmarks of excellence
9) Include processes for assessment and improvement of the curriculum and educational program
Work plan and reporting: The Task Force follows the working guidelines:
1) Meets monthly via conference calls to review tasks completed and next steps to meet deadlines and objectives.
2) Conducts face to face meetings as required according to a work plan submitted to and approved by the ACAPT board of directors.
3) Reports progress/status to the Board of Directors on a monthly basis.
4) Consults with ACAPT Board of directors to seek approval for any substantial departure from the original charge.
5) Requests assistance as needed for resources such as professional writing, diagrams and artwork, etc.
6) Conducts focus group discussions through existing national meetings as well as virtual conference calls and online surveys.
7) Creates a draft of the new document for consideration by the ACAPT Board of Directors.
8) Make recommendations for means of implementation and adoption of the new document by educational programs.
Resources: The following resources will be made available:
Support of APTA Staff
Use of APTA Community Hub for dialogue and document sharing
Use of ACAPT conference call line
Use of ACAPT SurveyMonkey account
Funding for legal guidance from ACAPT counsel, upon approval from ACAPT’s Executive Committee
Funding for up to $920 for travel to attend one face-to-face meetings of the task force, based on the following:
i. up to $500 for air travel
ii. up to $50 for ground transportation
iii. up to $300 for one night hotel lodging
iv. up to $10 for one breakfast, $20 for one lunch, and $40 for one dinner
Board liaison: John Buford
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The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) is a component of the American Physical Therapy Association
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