Components of the American Physical Therapy Association, along with other organizations that oversee physical therapy education, have been working for two years to develop a Shared Vision for Clinical Education. Their work will culminate with a Clinical Education Summit in October. The hope is that at the end of this two-day summit, educational institutes will agree to adopt the ideas being brought forward. Full details about the summit can be found here. All physical therapists should review the website to understand the summit's importance.
In order to offer your input and ideas, three webinars about the Clinical Education Summit will be held this summer at the SAU Center for Health Sciences Education [map] and will be open to local physical therapists:
June 24 – Introduction to the Conversation, 6-7:30 p.m.
July 17 – Clinical Education Curricular Structure, 7-8 p.m.
July 23 – Partnerships, 7-8 p.m.
After each webinar, you are invited to stay and continue the conversation with other viewers. If you would like to attend one of the webinars, email Lynn Frank to RSVP. St. Ambrose University will provide refreshments during the webinars for those who register for this free event. If you are unable to attend the webinars, please contact either Mike or Lynn with your comments.
The Journal of Physical Therapy Education has published a series of papers about the proposals that will be discussed during the webinars and further discussed at the Clinical Education Summit. These position papers are well written, thought-provoking papers, and access to the papers is free.
In October, Mike Puthoff and Lynn Frank will attend the Clinical Education Summit where these initiatives will be discussed – and likely voted on – by member institutions of the Academic Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). We want to hear your thoughts and comments on these important issues.