Session: How to Begin Your Journey (Mini-GAMER)
Thursday, October 21, 2021 : 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM EST
Pre-Conference: Education Research: How to Begin Your Journey (Mini-GAMER) The Education Leadership Partnership of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is working collaboratively (APTA, ACAPT, and Education Academy) to put recommendations into action that support the development of the next generation of education researchers. An urgent need is to provide guidance to novice researchers in developing competence in the essential building blocks and tools for successful research. Education research needs to move beyond the show and tell or descriptive phase of one (one program, one classroom, one clinic) to research that is grounded in meaningful questions linked with appropriate research designs and conceptual framing that can inform and advance education research in physical therapy. This 1-day, pre-conference workshop will provide opportunities for participants to build on their education research question of interest and engage in a participatory workshop with research mentors that leads to a plan of action for each participant.
Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with peers and mentors to identify potential collaborators and troubleshoot common barriers. This networking event will have stations set up with experts who can discuss:
Engagement in the second phase of the PTA Education Summit allows YOUR voice to be heard! All stakeholders, internal and external to the profession, are invited to register and engage in this virtual asynchronous event.
Phase 2 is presented in four interactive micro-learning modules. The first three include lessons that promote a shared understanding, so all participants have a common foundation from which to engage in the fourth module and collaborate with other stakeholders in a facilitated dialog around the key questions. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of Module 4, and details will be provided for individuals to apply for CEUs in your jurisdiction. Engagement in Phase 2 is required to be considered for selection as a Phase 3 participant.
Phase 2 of the PTA Education Summit is available from November 1to December 15, 2021, and the virtual format allows participants to engage from any location with internet access during the times that fit with personal schedules. Participants should plan 8-10 hours to complete all four modules. Registration is FREE to anyone with a stake in the future of PTA education, including PT & PTA clinicians, academic & clinical administrators, PTA students & faculty.
Module 1: History of PTA Education:
Identify key milestones in PTA Education
Recognize evolution of the “typical” PTA student over time both in entering and exiting the program
Recognize the role of various institutional stakeholders in PTA education and practice
Recognize the evolution of the role, scope of work and education of the physical therapist assistant.
Module 2: PTA Education
Demonstrate familiarity with the variety of educational models
Recognize the differences between institutions that currently deliver PTA Education (e.g., cost, credit hours, prerequisites, admissions, transferability, etc.)
Recognize key current data and financial considerations related PTA education.
Module 3: Role & scope of the PTA
Recognize the changing role of the PTA within physical therapist practice and the implications for PTA education.
Identify current challenges facing PTA employment, including the proliferation of educational programs and reimbursement changes.
Differentiate between entry-level and post entry-level PTA competencies (cognitive processes, psychomotor skill, & affective/behavioral)
Describe the current trends in physical therapy related to: Patient care, FSBPT practice analysis, PT compact, reimbursement, employment, telehealth, etc.
Module 4: Engagement
Identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to PTA education.
Engage with other participants in key issues around PTA education.
Integrate personal perspectives with new knowledge and perspectives of other stakeholders.