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Recruiting PhD students – financial rewards and pitfalls

ACAPT's Research-Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT) promotes academic excellence by strengthening the community of research-intensive physical therapy programs in ACAPT. Individual members of ACAPT member institutions can join RIPPT for free

There continues to be a shortage of faculty for DPT programs with terminal degrees (e.g. PhD, EdD, ScD).

A major barrier to pursuing post-professional education is the opportunity cost of the degree; however, these costs may be substantially offset with differences in promotion within faculty academic tracks and other opportunities for increased earning potential. Presenters share preliminary data highlighting the potential financial benefits of PhD training.

Learning objectives:  The participant will reflect and identify:

  • Evaluate the financial considerations associated with PhD training.
  • Appreciate strategies to help candidates overcome perceived barriers for PhD training.
  • Describe the pros and cons of different PhD training pathways (part-time, full-time, direct to PhD, etc).

Presenter

  • Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor, Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program, PT Section Director, Research and Development, Eastern Colorado VA HealthCare System GRECC Associate Director of Research

Moderator

  • Neva Kirk-Sanchez, PT, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, DPT Program Director, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

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