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Simulation in Physical Therapy Education Consortium

Simulation in Physical Therapy Education Consortium (SIPTEC)

Simulation in Physical Therapy Education Consortium (SIPTEC)

SIPTEC represents ACAPT institutional members with a strong interest in simulation as a pedagogical approach to the education and professional development of physical therapist students, residents/fellows and clinical educators.


Simulation-based education builds a bridge from classroom learning to clinical practice, and fosters the integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for clinical practice.


SIPTEC's purpose is to promote best practices in the use of simulation-based learning, which may involve various modalities and settings including:

  • paper-based,
  • computer-based,
  • human actor-based (simulated or standardized patient), or
  • manikin-based platforms.


  • Provide a forum for physical therapy education programs to share resources for development of simulation-based learning experiences.
  • Promote best practices for uses of simulation as a teaching and learning experience and explore methods of formative and summative assessment, preparation for clinical education experiences, and ongoing physical therapist professional development.
  • Assist members with advocacy strategies to create and sustain a successful PT simulation program and communicate necessity to their stakeholders.


    • Provide opportunities and grant funding to collaborate on research endeavors to determine best practices for implementation and evaluation of outcomes of simulation-based learning experiences in physical therapy education.
    • Create a conduit for academic and clinical educators to partner to improve student preparation to provide safe, effective and collaborative patient care.
    • Expand the use of simulation-based learning to promote interprofessional education.

    Simulation 101 from SIPTEC

    Watch this free SIPTEC Simulation 101 recorded presentation that defines common terms

    ACAPT's Simulation in Physical Therapy Education Consortium (SIPTEC) was formed in July 2020.  SIPTEC collaborates with and is complimentary to other ACAPT consortia, including the Clinical Reasoning Curricula & Assessment Consortium (CRCAC), the National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC) and the Education and Pedagogy Consortium

    Review SIPTEC's free Simulation 101 recorded presentation.


    SIPTEC holds elections in the spring-summer during the ACAPT election cycle.  If you are a SIPTEC member, you are registered to vote. If you have not yet joined SIPTEC, do so now by clicking on the "Request to Join" Box above. As with any organization, formation of a leadership team is representative of its members who vote.

    • April 5, 2021: Polls open on the first Monday of the month.  
    • May 3, 2021:  Polls close on the first Monday of the month. 
    • June 2021: Candidates informed of election results.

    SIPTEC members can view the 2021 candidate slate for the positions below.  SIPTEC members will receive an email with instructions for voting on Monday, April 5. If you don't receive the email, feel free to contact acapt@acapt.org.

    • Chair: Three-year term, 2021-2024
    • Vice Chair: Two-year term, 2021-2023
    • Secretary: One-year term, 2021-2022
    • Nominating Committee member 1: One-year term, 2021-2022
    • Nominating Committee member 2: Two-year term, 2021-2023
    • Nominating Committee member 3: Three-year term, 2021-2024
    • Director-at-Large: Three-year term, 2021-2024

    Below are the founding members of the Simulation in PT Education Consortium (SIPTEC):

    Chair: Nicki Silberman, PT, DPT, PhD
    Hunter College

    Vice Chair: Sheri Kiami, PT, DPT, MS
    Northeastern University 

    Secretary: Sharon L. Gorman, PT, DPTSc
    Samuel Merritt University

    Nominating Committee Member: Jason Rucker, PT, PhD
    University of Kansas Medical Center

    Nominating Committee Member: Tara S. Pearce, PT, DHS
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Director-at-Large: Susan Miale, PT, DPT, EdD
    Stony Brook University


    Officer Duties                       


    • 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.


    • 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 Educational Leadership Conference (ELC).


    • 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. 


    • Provide broad-based input into the decision-making process of the leadership team.
    • Assist with dissemination of information to the membership.
    • Serve as a liaison where assigned.
    • Perform such other duties as may be applicable to the office or as directed by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Consortium.

    Nominating Committee Members: 

    Upon formation of the Consortium and until the first election, there shall be no fewer than two (2) individuals serving as Nominating Committee members. At the time of the first elections, members shall elect a third member of the committee. 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 leadership positions 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.

    SIPTEC held its first virtual meeting as part of Educational Leadership Conference (ELC) 2020.

    One additional meeting will be held in the spring of 2021 as a web-based meeting. SIPTEC members will receive registration information via email, or watch this space for more information. 

    Virtual meetings will be held via web-based platform (i.e. Zoom) additional times throughout the year as needed for sub-committees or journal clubs as scheduled.

    Review SIPTEC's free Simulation 101 recorded presentation and register for a free, follow-up Q&A.

    A.T. Still University Of Health Sciences

    Tracy Ellison, PT, DPT

    Arcadia University

    Amy Miller, PT, DPT, EdD

    Arkansas State University

    Shawn Drake, PT, PhD

    Arkansas State University

    LaToya Green , PT, DPT, EdD, Cert DN

    Arkansas State University


    Arkansas State University

    Elizabeth Tew, DPT

    Azusa Pacific University

    Michael Wong, DPT

    Baylor University Graduate School

    Teresa Bachman, P

    Brenau University

    Christy Brimmer, PT, DPT, NCS

    Carroll University

    Amy McQuade, PT, PhD

    Central Michigan University

    Leslie Smith, DPT, CCS

    College of Saint Mary

    Kimberly Varnado, PT, DPT, DHSc

    Daemen College

    Margaret Mazzone, PT, PhD

    Drexel University

    Megan Schaefer, PT, DPT, PCS

    East Carolina University

    Christine Lysaght, PT, DPT, ATP, CSCS

    Florida Gulf Coast University

    Lynda Ross, PT, DPT, DHS, NCS, PCS, MS

    Florida Southern College

    Nancy Nuzzo, PhD PT

    Gannon University (FL)

    Erin Conrad, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT

    Georgia Southern University

    Sharan Zirges, PT, DPT

    High Point University

    Devon Werner, PT, DPT, NCS, DCE

    Hunter College (CUNY)

    Nicki Silberman, PT, DPT, PhD

    Hunter College, City University of New York

    Cristiana Collins, PT, PhD, CFMT, NCS

    Husson University

    Kelly Macauley, PT, DPT, EdD, CHSE

    I'm not employed at an Academic Institution

    Angela MacCabe, PT, DPT, PhD

    I'm not employed at an Academic Institution

    Melissa Mendoza, DPT

    Ithaca College

    Samantha Brown, PT, DPT, GCS

    Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus

    Lisa Bradley, PT, DPT, MSW

    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport

    Lauren Sant,

    Mary Baldwin University

    Carolyn Moore, PT, DPT, MHS

    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences

    Melissa Hake, PT, DScPT

    MCPHS University

    Cheryl Babin, PT, DHS, MHA, CAGS

    Mercer University

    Daniel Dale, PT, DPT

    Mercy College

    Ruth Hansen, PT, MS, DPT,

    Midwestern University - Arizona


    Midwestern University - Illinois

    Debbie Anderson, PT, EdD

    Midwestern University (IL)

    Lynn Bedalov, PT

    New York Institute of Technology

    Lori Hochman, PT, PhD

    Northeastern University

    Sheri Kiami, PT, DPT, MS, NCS

    Northeastern University

    Debra Bangs, PT, DPT

    Northeastern University

    Kristin Greenwood, Pt,DPT,EdD,MS

    NOVA Southeastern University

    Melissa Morris, MSN, RN, CPN, CHSE

    Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale

    Melissa Dreger, PT, DPT

    Nova Southeastern University - Tampa

    Joy Moulton, DPT

    Old Dominion University

    Mira Mariano, PT, PhD, OCS

    Quinnipiac University

    Rachel Pata, DPT,CCS,CHSE

    Quinnipiac University

    Tracy Wall, PhD, PT

    Regis University

    Stacy Carmel, PT, DPT, EdD-C

    Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

    Karen Stevens, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

    Sacred Heart University

    Beverly Fein, PT, DPT, EdD

    Samford University

    Sarah Ross, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

    Samuel Merritt

    Sharon Gorman, PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP

    Samuel Merritt University

    Susan Grieve, PT, DPT, PhD

    Seton Hall University

    Doreen Stiskal, PT, PhD

    Seton Hall University

    Jillian Duff, PT, Ph.D.

    Shenandoah University

    Lisa McVey, PT DPT CCS

    Shenandoah University

    Aaron Hartstein, PT, DPT, PhD(c), OCS, FAAOMPT

    South College

    Don Reagan, PT, DPT, OCS

    South College

    Samantha Harris, PT, DPT, EdD

    Stony Brook University

    Susan Miale, PT, DPT, EdD

    Stony Brook University

    Nancy Krisch, PT, DPT

    SUNY Upstate Medical College

    Carol Recker-Hughes, PT, PhD

    Tennessee State University

    Karen Smith, PT, DPT

    Texas State University

    Denise Gobert,

    Texas Woman's University

    Matt Walk, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

    The College of St Scholastica

    Daniel Stam, PT, DPT, NCS

    The George Washington University

    Joyce Maring, PT, EdD

    The Ohio State University

    Erin Thomas, PT, DPT

    The Sage Colleges

    James Brennan, PT, PhD

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Tara Pearce, PT, DHS

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Patricia Perez, PT, DScPT

    The University of Findlay

    Angie Huber, DPT, OCS

    The University of Findlay

    Jamie O'Brien, PT, DPT, NCS

    The University of Illinois at Chicago

    Aileen Eviota, DPT, NCS

    The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

    Jacque Bradford, DPT, EdD

    Touro College

    Ofra Pottorf, PT, DPT, OCS

    Touro University Nevada

    Daniel Huddart, DPT

    Touro University Nevada

    Andrew Mills, DPT

    Tufts University

    Neeti Pathare, MS, PT, PhD

    University of Buffalo, The State University of New York

    Patricia Ohtake, PT, PhD

    University of Florida

    Kelly Collins, PT, DPT, CLT

    University of Jamestown

    Benjamin Wolden, PT, DPT

    University of Kansas Medical Center

    Jason Rucker, PT, PhD

    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

    Kristi Trammell, PT, DPT

    University of Maryland - Baltimore

    Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    JoAnn Moriarty-Baron, PT, DPT, Associate Teaching Professor

    University of Miami

    Martha Bloyer, PT, DPT, PCS

    University of Miami

    Greg Hartley, PT, DPT

    University of Miami

    Elsa Drevyn, PT, DPT, DCE

    University of Miami

    Zahilly Salinas,

    University of Michigan - Flint

    Suzanne Trojanowski, PT, DPT, NCS

    University of Minnesota

    Jacque Ruen, PT, DPT Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Jennifer Nash, PT, DPT, NCS

    University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

    Myles Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS

    University of Pittsburgh

    Andrea Hergenroeder, PT, PhD

    University of Puget Sound

    Jason Steere, PT

    University of Puget Sound

    Karin Steere, DPT, MTC, CSCS, PhC

    University of Puget Sound

    Robert Boyles, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

    University of South Alabama

    Kelly Jordan, PT, DPT

    University of South Alabama

    Blair Saale, DPT

    University of Southern California

    Leslie Zarrinkhameh , PT, DPT, GCS

    University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

    Elaine Lonnemann, PT, DPT

    University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences - Florida

    Tobi Baldwin, PT, DPT, MS

    University of the Incarnate Word

    Kathleen Goei, PhD

    University of Vermont

    Paula Smith, DPT GCS

    University of Washington

    Murray Maitland, PT, PhD

    University of Washington

    Jill Jandreau, MSPT, CAPP-OB

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Sue Wenker, PT, PhD

    Walsh University

    Alysha Walter, PT, DPT, CCS

    West Coast University

    Nicole Rodriguez, PT, DPT, PhD(c), GCS

    West Coast University - Center for Graduate Studies

    Dawn James , PT DPT DSc

    West Virginia University

    Shala Cunningham, PT, DPT, PhD

    Western Kentucky University

    Beth Norris, PT, PhD, OCS

    Western University of Health Sciences

    Harsha Deoghare, PT PhD

    Western University of Health Sciences

    Bob Nithman, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS

    Western University of Health Sciences

    Elaine Wilder, PhD, PT, C/NDT

    William Carey University

    Amy Parker, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, Cert. DN

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