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Clinical Reasoning Curricula & Assessment

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The Clinical Reasoning & Curricula Assessment Consortium (CRCAC):

  • Serves as a resource and forum for educators - both clinical and academic - interested in best practices for teaching and assessing clinical reasoning skills.
  • The group also is working to develop a clinical reasoning research plan and will conduct multi-institutional research projects to increase our understanding of clinical reasoning.



  • To develop a research plan to further the understanding of all aspects of clinical reasoning.
  • To conduct multi-site research studies relative to clinical reasoning.
  • To provide continuing education relative to teaching and assessing of clinical reasoning.
  • To develop best practice standards for clinical reasoning curricula and assessment.
  • To be a resource for educators seeking advanced knowledge relative to understanding, teaching and assessing clinical reasoning skills.

CRCAC meets at the annual Physical Therapy Education Leadership Conference (ELC) and Combined Sections Meeting (CSM).

    CRCAC's Education Work Group proudly presents:

    Thank you to the work by: Karen Huhn, Chair; Jacquelyn Ruen, Matt Walk, Keven Helgeson, Teresa Miller.

    What is clinical reasoning?

    The following is the Clinical Reasoning Curricula & Assessment Consortium’s adopted understanding of clinical reasoning as outlined in Clinical reasoning in physical therapy: A concept analysis - Huhn, K.  Gilliland, S. J. Black, L.L. Wainwright, S. Christensen, N. Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy: A Concept Analysis, Physical Therapy, Volume 99, Issue 4, April 2019, Pages 440–456.

    “Based on the concept analysis and the themes and patterns that emerged, clinical reasoning in physical therapy could be conceptualized as integrating cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills. It is contextual in nature and involves both therapist and client perspectives. It is adaptive, iterative and collaborative with the intended outcome being a biopsychosocial approach to patient/client management.” 

    CRCAC strategic plan

    Current Leadership

    Chair: Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD 

    Vice ChairWing Fu, PT, MA, PhD

    SecretaryAnita Campbell, PT, DPT, ATP

    Nominating Committee:

    Jennifer Canbek, PT, PhD

    Rose Torres-Panchame, PT, DPT

    Michael Obert, PT, MPT, DHSc


    Position descriptions

    Chair (3-year term) shall:

    • Preside at and facilitate all meetings of the Consortium.
    • S/he shall be the designated liaison to the ACAPT Board of Directors unless otherwise determined by the Consortium officers.
    • Shall be an ex-officio member of all Consortium committees except the Nominating Committee.
    • The Chairperson will assure currency of essential information on the ACAPT Consortium Website.
    • Attends the ACAPT Annual Meeting.

    Vice-Chair (3-year term) shall:

    • Assume the duties of the Chairperson at the request of the Chairperson or in the absence or incapacitation of the Chairperson and oversee Consortium ad hoc committees as a voting committee member.  
    • Serve as the Parliamentarian during the Annual and Special meetings. 
    • Prepares an annual budget and coordinates funding matters with the ACAPT Treasurer.
    • Represent the Consortium related to any Consortium program planning responsibilities for ELC.

    Secretary (3-year term) shall: 

    • Be responsible for keeping the minutes of all Consortium meetings of members and/or officers.
    • Prepare and submit written reports of the activities of the Consortium to ACAPT Board of Directors. 
    • Notify Consortium members of the date, time, and place of Consortium meetings. 
    • Maintain the Consortium’s archives and correspondence.
    • Make Consortium minutes and policies and procedures available to the membership through the Consortium’s page(s) on the ACAPT website.

    Nominating Committee (3-year term with last year as Chair) shall:

    • Consist of three (3) members. The senior member of the committee shall serve as Committee Chair for the last year of his/her term. Each member shall serve for three (3) years. One new member shall be elected each year. The Nominating Committee Chair shall oversee the functions of the Nominating Committee.
    • Prepares a ballot for offices and coordinates the nomination process; all attempts will be made to include a minimum of two candidates per office, when possible.
    • Determines eligibility of prospective candidates.
    • Contacts prospective candidates to obtain consent to serve.
    • Requests short biography from each candidate to be sent with consent to serve form.
    • Prepare a slate of one (1) or more names for each office to be filled. The slate (i.e. list of candidates), shall be published in communications to Consortium members and distributed to the membership at least 30 days prior to the election.
    • Conducts elections by electronic and mail ballot in conjunction with the Executive Office.
    • Notifies winners of election and welcomes them.
    • Notifies individuals not elected and maintains a record of their consent to service for future considerations and needs that may support the work of the Consortium.

    Below are the Clinical Reasoning & Curricula Assessment Consortium (CRCAC) resources:

    Recommended reading

    • Dr. Wing Fu recommends the following article, “I found this action research project done in Australia to be interesting. It feels similar to think aloud approach which is one that I like and adopt in my teaching.” 

    Teaching clinical reasoning by making thinking visible: An action research project with allied health clinical educators by Clare Delaney & Clinton Golding

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