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The Voices of PT Education

Jun 14, 2016, 01:40 AM by Jeffrey Braxton

Podcast on The Voices of PT Education: Orchestrating Timbre, Tempo and Dynamics:In her creative keynote presentation at the 2nd annual Geneva R. Johnson Innovations in Physical Therapy Forum, Dr. Susan S. Deusinger PT, PhD, FAPTA used music to inspire change in professional education.  The “voices” calling for change in physical therapy come from many sources. Susie chose three musical concepts as analogies of important parameters of change in our professional work – the type (timbre), the pace (tempo) and the power (dynamics) of change. Deusinger urged all physical therapists to 1) adopt the movement system as the core philosophy of the profession, 2) use standardized approaches in education for more consistent outcomes, and 3) see change in professional education as the vehicle to expand the influence of physical therapy on individual and public health across the lifespan. With Dr. Dennis Fell, MD, PT playing the violin, Deusinger blended live music into the presentation to encourage reflection on the opportunities to use the power of education to move physical therapy toward higher levels of effectiveness.   Listen to the podcast by clicking here

Abstract Submissions Due Tomorrow!  After the success of the first Exercise and Physical Aging Conference (ExPAAC) in 2010, the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy is pleased to offer ExPAAC II – Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging Conference II: Blending Research and Practice – at the University of Indianapolis from July 28-30, 2016. Plan now to join physical therapy, exercise science, and other colleagues interested in emerging approaches to physical activity and aging for three days of learning, networking, and even a little relaxing.

Keynote Speaker: The closing address and keynote will be delivered by Dr. Howard S. Friedman, author of The Longevity Project: Pathways to Healthy Aging.

Abstract Submissions: We are accepting abstracts for presentation at the conference through February 26, 2016. www.expaac2abstracts.org

Earlybird Registration: Registration is open now at www.expaac2.org. Reserve your spot on or before April 1, 2016 to receive an earlybird discount.

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Call for Candidates:The Nominating Committee of the Academic Council is pleased to announce the February 22, 2016 call for candidates for upcoming elections in August 2016.  All Council members are encouraged to identify qualified candidates for the open offices listed below and to send the name, contact information, and the office for which the individual is recommended to a member of the Academic Council Nominating Committee (see below).  In addition, individual Council members who have an interest in serving the Academic Council for any of the noted offices should reply to a member of the Nominating Committee with their contact information and office of interest.    Recommendations for Council offices are due to the Academic Council Nominating Committee by April 15, 2016.


Offices to be elected in August 2016:

Terms beginning in October 2016 (incumbents in parentheses):

Secretary – 3 year term (Zoher Kapasi, GA)

Director (D) – 3 year term (Gary Chleboun, OH)

Director (E ) – 3 year term (Scott Ward, UT)

Nominating Committee Member – 3 year term (Mary Dockter, ND)

With elections occurring in August, official turnover to the new board will occur at the Academic Council Business Meeting at ELC 2016. 

Mary Dockter (chair): mdockter@umary.edu

Anne Thompson: anne.thompson@armstrong.edu

Bernadette Williams-York brwilliams@alasu.edu

Coming in October: A New School-Centered NPTE Registration System: The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is updating the way candidates register for the NPTE. This new process involves their schools as an early, integral part of the process. In November 2015, we sought your input on these changes. As promised, we are updating you on our progress in implementing these changes.

Modified Role for Schools: Schools will have two roles going forward:

  1. Providing contact information prior to registration. Schools will provide basic information about the students in a cohort in their first year. Providing this information will be the basis for creating a unique ID in the FSBPT system for the students. Students will then be able to log into the FSBPT system and create their user profile. The login allows access to FSBPT services, including purchasing PEAT and registering for the NPTE. You will not be required to provide any FERPA-protected information about the student.
  2. Validating Graduation. Prior to students being allowed to register for the NPTE, the school must validate the students have graduated or will be graduating.  FSBPT will establish a window during which this validation must occur. Schools will adhere to their own policies regarding when a candidate becomes eligible for the NPTE.  

Why is FSBPT doing this?  Currently FSBPT obtains information about schools attended from the candidates, the state boards and the schools. The current process sometimes results in inconsistencies that can delay registration and score reporting. This new process is expected to provide a more accurate, efficient and consistent process for the candidates, schools and licensing jurisdictions.

What will this result in?  This change will yield reliable data prior to testing, faster pass rate reporting, easier processing, and fewer interactions between schools and the online system.

When soliciting input from schools on this new process, there was a concern that this would be more work for the schools. In the current environment, we ask schools to review and update their student lists eight times a year, in concert with the four PT exam administrations and the four PTA exam administrations.

The new process will have schools interface with FSBPT once in the student’s first year of school and once in the final year of school. Other than updates schools might need to make if students leave their program, only two interactions will be necessary.

When will I need to start entering cohorts and validating graduation?  The new tasks required of schools will start October 2016. We will be holding a webinar in the spring to provide an introduction to the new system. In the fall, another webinar will take place with more detailed information about the October implementation and instructions. FSBPT will work with schools to ensure a smooth transition to the new process.

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