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The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build a cadre of future association leaders at both the chapter/section/academy and national levels. Demonstrating APTA’s investment in the sustainability of the association as it begins its next 100 years, the program will support our collective quest for a diverse and prepared leadership pool.

The 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging 100 scholars, including the goal of at least one scholar sponsored by each of APTA’s chapters, sections, and academies. The curriculum will cover association leadership and management topics and be delivered through three face-to-face meetings and regularly scheduled virtual learning experiences. Additionally, scholars will work directly with their sponsoring chapter/section/academy to design and complete a capstone project that addresses an existing need as determined by the sponsor. Scholars will also benefit from the guidance of Centennial Scholar mentors who will work directly with the scholars in small groups to support the completion of their projects.

Application Deadline: EXTENDED until August 15th, 2020 at 11:59pm

Expected Selection Notification Date: Friday, August 28th, 2020

This task force is led by the National Consortium of Clinical Education (NCCE), a consortium of the American Council Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and is chaired by Peggy Gleeson.

The purpose of this Task Force is to explore current practices and perceptions regarding the use of Pre-Admission Observation Hours, and to make recommendations to the ACAPT Board and membership

As a part of the project, we have developed a survey instrument to disseminate to various stakeholders, including DPT Program admissions committee members, Directors of Clinical Education, students and recent graduates, and clinicians. This last stakeholder group which includes clinicians, managers, clinic owners and clinic directors will provide a perspective on the pre-admission observation hours requirement as it is experienced from the clinical side, and would be highly valuable in this exploratory research. 

This research has received Institutional Review Board approval from Texas Woman’s University in Houston.

Our goal is to gather data from clinicians with a wide range of experiences and clinical responsibilities, such as board-certified specialists, fellows/residents, clinical instructors/mentors, SCCEs, clinic owners/directors, and so on. We would kindly like to ask for your help in achieving this goal. 

Clinical (CIs, SCCEs)

As the number of presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise in West Virginia as well as in our neighboring states, we know that clinics are finding it necessary to limit care hours, limit the types of patients seen and in some instances have closed their doors to face to face visits completely. Telehealth technologies can enable the delivery of health care services in a manner that will limit the transmission of COVID-19 to health care providers and patients while providing clinically appropriate, medically necessary health care services to those quarantined or practicing social distancing. We recognize that for many who have not even begun to consider the integration of technology into daily practice, this is intimidating. And, during a time of crisis when the stakes are so high is not the best time to be considering it. We want to assure you that the chapter has been working everyday to try to get some clarity on this issue, especially as it relates to payment. However, that clarity is difficult to find.

We, as your association leadership team wanted to take a moment to reach out to you during this time of uncertainty. We hope that you all are well and taking care of yourselves and your families.

Your state association has been working to stay informed of the issues related to COVID-19 and how they may impact our members and those they serve. The information is being produced at lightning speed and is ever-evolving. We want to make you aware of where you can go to get the most up to date information related to the Coronavirus on a national level as well as the most recent information related to physical therapy practice.

For information related to the outbreak here in the U.S., please seek your information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA includes information on how to prepare your workplace to maintain safety. The WV DHHR website houses information related to COVID-19 in WV, including number and location of cases, travel restrictions, guidelines for the public, among other information.

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