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Event Details

Clinical Reasoning Symposia II: Forging Ahead!


A.T. Still University

June 14-15 (Day 1 & 2): Building Capacity for Clinical Reasoning Research


These two days are open to enrollment by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants that are interested in exploring the teaching/learning and assessment dimensions of clinical reasoning that in turn leads to education research/scholarly work.  

At the end of this two day symposium, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss theoretical frameworks that facilitate examination of the development of clinical reasoning and education research  
  • Discuss the research designs and methods that supports educational research in clinical reasoning (mixed methods, qualitative) 
  • Identify strategies for developing collaborative relationships in research 
  • Identify, review and appraise foundational research related to clinical reasoning to provide a basis for future research questions and next steps

Check out this schedule for day 1 - 2.

Register Online (for day 1 & 2 only)

*Application process for researchers for day 3 & 4 is below

Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations

Attendees of days 1 – 2 are invited to submit an abstract for the poster presentations during the symposium.  

Purpose:  The poster presentations are intended to facilitate the dissemination of current research that is occurring in the fields of clinical reasoning and/or the scholarship of teaching and learning.  A variety of abstract types including case studies, research, special interest and/or theoretical reports are considered for inclusion.  

Peer Review Process: A Clinical Reasoning Symposium Poster Review Committee, whose decisions are final, make the determination of acceptance/non-acceptance.  Abstract submissions are due by March 31, 2020.  Email notification will be provided to the primary author regarding the status of the abstract by April 13, 2020. All presenters of accepted posters are required to register and pay the full conference registration fee.  Presenters are expected to engage in discussion of their posters for 1 - 1.5 hours on Sunday or Monday.

Categories for Submission: 

Authors should submit abstracts under one of the categories listed below.  Submissions will be accepted for educational research across all levels of physical therapy education.

  1. Assessment of Clinical Reasoning: Innovative and/or effective methods for testing and measuring a learner’s clinical reasoning skills. 
  2. Facilitating Clinical Reasoning:  Innovative and/or effective strategies for facilitating clinical reasoning skills in the classroom and in the clinical practice environment. 
  3. Remediation of Clinical Reasoning:  Innovative and/or effective techniques for assisting in the remediation of clinical reasoning skills when a learner is not progressing as expected. 
  4. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Clinical Reasoning: Innovative and/or effective teaching and learning for the student, resident and/or fellow.

Submission Process: Click here to submit your poster abstract submission. There is a $25 fee to submit. This doesn't guarantee you will be selected. Click here to access the abstract rating guidelines. Questions can be directed to Chris Sebelski at chris.sebelski@health.slu.edu

June 16-17 (Day 3 & 4):  Addressing the WIGS:  Wildly Important Goals in Clinical Reasoning

This conference will gather researchers to formulate teams and develop projects to address the 5 Research Priority Areas

  1. What is clinical reasoning in Physical Therapy?
  2. What should entry-level CR look like?
  3. What is the trajectory of learner development of CR abilities?
  4. What are best practices for teaching and assessment of clinical reasoning?
  5. What is the role of clinical reasoning and shared decision making in the context of team based care?

The purpose of this action-rich 2-day immersive workshop is to identify projects, develop teams, and implement a timelines to move the projects toward completion. We encourage those with a strong interest and some previous experience with research related to clinical reasoning to apply.  Applications are due by March 31, 2020 with notification by April 13, 2020. Questions can be directed to Chris Sebelski at chris.sebelski@health.slu.edu.

Schedule with associated times is forthcoming.  These are the planned activities to guide the participants to achieve the outcomes of the symposium.  

  • Discussion of the 5 Priority Research Areas and the sub-questions 
  • 3 minute thesis presentations based upon the participant’s submitted application
  • Keynote speaker 
  • Presentation of conceptual frameworks and models in clinical reasoning
  • Construction of research teams 
  • Panel discussion on the path of clinical reasoning in physical therapy with recommendations of direction from the participants 
  • Establishment of outcomes with an identified project with multi-site research teams

Application process:  

At the end of this two day Gordon-like conference, participants will be able to:

  • Describe, build, and prioritize upon the 5 Priority Research Areas for clinical reasoning.
  • Develop a collaborative research project/study designed to address one of the 5 Priority Research Areas.

Click here to read the 2020 Sponsor Prospectus

Hotel information:

Residence Inn Phoenix Gilbert

3021 East Banner Gateway Drive Gilbert, Arizona 85234
(480) 699-4450
Room block rate: $99/night

Click here to make your reservations

Important Notes:

  • Reservations must be made by May 20, 2020 for guaranteed rate
  • Complimentary Hot Breakfast
  • 1.5 miles from A.T. Still University
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from A.T. Still University
  • 8 miles from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix East Mesa

1825 N. Higley Road Gilbert, Arizona 85234
(480) 654-4000
Room block rate: $79/night

Click here to make your reservation

Important Notes:

  • Reservations must be made by May 20, 2020 for guaranteed rate
  • Complimentary Hot Breakfast
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from A.T. Still University
  • 1.5 Miles from A.T. Still University
  • 8 miles from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Airport information:

The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport is only served by Allegiance Airlines and they run a limited schedule and limited airports. We suggest participants first look at flights into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which is served by most of the major airlines. Sky Harbor Airport is 22 miles from campus and both Lyft and Uber rides from the airport are in the $20-$30 range.

**ACAPT is not responsible for participant travel**

Register Online (for day 1 & 2 only)

If you have any questions, contact ACAPT Events Coordinator: Jamil Tadlaoui at jamiltadlaoui@apta.org or 703-706-8508.

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