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.
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.
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