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.
A call for members has not yet gone out, but is forthcoming
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.
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:
Composition of the Task Force : The Task Force will be made up of the following:
Guiding Principles: The composition of the Task Force should meet the following criteria:
Work Plan: The Task Force follows the working guidelines:
Resources: The following resources will be made available
Timeline: The Task Force is expected to meet the following timeline:
Roles and Responsibilities: All members of the Task Force
Volunteers for the Task Force must have the following qualifications:
Interested individuals should forward a one page summary that describes your qualifications, including:
Please send notification of interest as above with CV directly to the ACAPT Executive Office at email@example.com by October 25, 2019, to be considered for invitation.
Task force members will be selected by the ACAPT Executive Committee and all applicants will be notified within the week of November 4.
All applications shall be compiled and retained by the Executive Office and shared with those making the selection of the Task Force members.
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:
Composition of the Task Force: The Task Force will be made up of the following:
Up to 3 individuals with an interest in this specific work
The Task Force’s work will be considered completed when it presents a report to the ACAPT Board of Directors of 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. The Board will disband the Task Force when their charge is complete.
Task force members will be selected by ACAPT Executive Committee and all applicants will be notified within the week of November 4. All applications shall be compiled and retained by the Executive Office and shared with those making the selection of the Task Force members.
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