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Call for Candidates

Jun 14, 2016, 01:41 AM by Jeffrey Braxton

Call for Candidates:The Nominating Committee of the Academic Council is pleased to announce the February 22, 2016 call for candidates for upcoming elections in August 2016.  All Council members are encouraged to identify qualified candidates for the open offices listed below and to send the name, contact information, and the office for which the individual is recommended to a member of the Academic Council Nominating Committee (see below).  In addition, individual Council members who have an interest in serving the Academic Council for any of the noted offices should reply to a member of the Nominating Committee with their contact information and office of interest.    Recommendations for Council offices are due to the Academic Council Nominating Committee by April 15, 2016.

Offices to be elected in August 2016:

Terms beginning in October 2016 (incumbents in parentheses):

Secretary – 3 year term (Zoher Kapasi, GA)

Director (D) – 3 year term (Gary Chleboun, OH)

Director (E ) – 3 year term (Scott Ward, UT)

Nominating Committee Member – 3 year term (Mary Dockter, ND)

With elections occurring in August, official turnover to the new board will occur at the Academic Council Business Meeting at ELC 2016. 

Mary Dockter (chair): mdockter@umary.edu

Anne Thompson: anne.thompson@armstrong.edu

Bernadette Williams-York brwilliams@alasu.edu


Attention Rehabilitation Scientists:

Who:               Rehabilitation Scientists

What:              Institute on Large Data and Data Sharing Research: Issues, Methods, and Opportunities

                        Co-sponsored by AOTF and AOTA

                        Ken Ottenbacher and colleagues from UTMB, USC, University of Michigan, University of Washington

When:             Wednesday, April 6th, 12-6:30 pm

Where:           Chicago, IL, McCormick Place

How:               If you want to attend only the institute (and not the AOTA conference), contact conference@aota.org to register for IN 003

If you are an AOTA member and plan to attend the conference as well, please register at http://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/Annual-Conference.aspx

Fee: $225 (for attendees who are members of their professional associations – e.g., AOTA, APTA, ACRM)

Why:               This institute will provide an overview of research studies that may be conducted using Medicare claims and other large datasets in the context of post-acute care settings (inpatient rehabilitation facility, skilled nursing facility, and home health agency).  Topics include the availability of large datasets for disability, rehabilitation, and occupational therapy research and new federal initiatives related to data sharing.  The newly NIH-funded Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation will be introduced along with the services that are provided by the center, including pilot projects mechanisms, the visiting scholar program, and the technical assistance related to large data analytics.



Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

George Alter, PhD; Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Timothy A. Reistetter, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Natalie E. Leland, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Tracy Mroz, PhD, OTR/L; University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Amol Karmarkar, PhD; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

William Erikson, MS; K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan, Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Mary A. Khetani, Sc.D., OTR/L, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Gail Fisher, MPA, OTR/L, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)


From the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education:  

Release of SDH Education Report: The IOM report, A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health, has been released to the public and we encourage you to post and tweet about it. Please use the hashtag #IOMSDH. The report is available for download at nas.edu/SDHEducationFramework.

Reminder: 2016 Meeting Dates:

Workshop on Accreditation: April 20-22, 2016

  • April 20, 2016 Forum Meeting
  • April 21-22, 2016 Workshop
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Forum Meeting
  • Thursday-Friday, October 6-7, 2016 Workshop

Workshop: October 5-7, 2016 


PT-PTA Team Curricular Resources:Many thanks for the collaboration and excellent posts on the SoE and ACAPT web pages supporting the PT-PTA Team Curricular Resources. Through the postings and a community eager to talk about physical therapy education, our groups have re-amped the much needed examples that define and support the PT-PTA Team in practice.

With the work of the PTA Caucus Membership/Public Relations Committee, I am excited to share another in-house example of a PT-PTA Team tool; APTAs PT/PTA Teamwork: Models in Delivering Patient Care. http://www.apta.org/SupervisionTeamwork/Models/

APTAs PT/PTA Teamwork: Models in Delivering Patient Care (published 2011-13) was intended to: (1) guide PTs and physical therapist students in appropriate direction and supervision of supportive personnel; and (2) provide PTAs examples of their roles in patient/client interventions. APTA had developed these service delivery models to bring to life its policies and positions in a scenario format.

Here is an example of how the tool can work in the classroom:

The students are placed in small groups consisting of 2-3 PT students and 2-3 PTA students in each group.   Each group takes a different model to look at, Clinic A-F.  The information the groups are given included; clinic description, patient care delivery, communication and decision making.  After the groups has reviewed their assigned area they are asked to discuss 6 questions listed at that point. Open discussion can follow allowing each group to share their scenario and how they answered their questions.   

I have used this tool, with all the models, during a collaborative activity between my PTA students and PT students. Both groups of students felt it was extremely enlightening and helpful. Many other role-playing exercises can be used with the scenarios when specific characters are not available.  I used this tool in the classroom as educational training, supplementing manuals or classroom lectures. 

I feel through collaboration and sharing of information come conversations that result in greater awareness and best practices. It has been inspiring when approached by physical therapy educators expressing their appreciation for our work in bring these tools together.

I know that schedules are busy in preparation for Anaheim, but if following CSM you could share the PT/PTA Teamwork: Models in Delivering Patient Care tool with your members in postings and include with the PT-PTA Team Curricular Resources on your Member Resources pages that would be great!

Looking forward to seeing you next week!

Brad Thuringer, PTA

PTA Caucus

PR/Membership Committee, Chair

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