The Residency/Fellowship Education Special Interest Group of the APTA Academy of Education, APTA provides a forum where residency/fellowship faculty including program directors, coordinators and mentors promote excellence in residency education by providing collaborative opportunities for educational research, exploring opportunities for curricular development, enhancing resident clinical reasoning skills and discussing resources available for assessment in residency education.

  • To provide a vehicle for enhancing communication among those invested in residency/fellowship education.
  • To promote cooperative efforts among residency/fellowship programs in advancing and improving curriculum.
  • To serve as a resource for collaboration in research for the advancement of resident/fellowship education.
  • To assist in the advancement of skilled clinical mentorship for all resident/fellowship faculty.

Distinguished Mentor in Residency/Fellowship Education Award is to be given to recognize excellence in Residency/Fellowship mentoring


Award Eligibility / Criteria include

  1. Each recipient will be a Academy of PT Education member who is currently engaged or has demonstrated life-long engagement in residency/fellowship education.
  2. Each recipient will have distinguished himself or herself through excellence in mentoring residents/fellows in an ABPTRFE accredited program.
  3. Each recipient will have distinguished himself or herself in a clinical specialty area as evidenced by mentoring experience, continued education, practice, patient outcomes and/or residency/fellowship outcomes.
  4. Have been engaged in Residency/Fellowship mentoring for at least 3 years

Individuals who are current members of the Academy of Education Board of Directors, the APTA Board of Directors, or APTA Staff are not eligible for the award and may not participate in the nomination process.


Nomination Procedure:

To submit nominations for the Academy of Education Awards, please click the link to be taken to our new submission system. You will be required to create an account in order to submit; this login does not need to match your APTA or Academy login. Creating an account will allow you to save your draft submission and return to complete and submit at a later time. Please note: draft submissions must be submitted in order to be considered.

Deadline to submit Award Nominations: November 1

Please contact with any questions.

APTA Academy of Education Awards Submission Portal


Call for Awards

The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominations for APTA Academy of Education Awards. Members are urged to consider these opportunities for themselves and for their colleagues.

´╗┐Deadline to submit nominations: November 1´╗┐

Call for Research Grant Proposals

Deadline to submit proposals: October 1

One-year research grants are available to assist Academy of Physical Therapy Education members in conducting or planning for research that investigates a question of importance to the advancement of education in physical therapy. Questions related to the education of patients/clients, licensed PTs/PTAs or PT/PTA students will be considered.

Applications are reviewed once yearly for a maximum budget of $25,000. All budgets are rigorously reviewed and require justification for expenses. Grant recipients must account for all expenditures in the final report and return unused funds to the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. Funds cannot be used to attend conferences to disseminate results or for indirect costs or overhead.

Please visit the new APTA Academy of Education Submission Portal for annual awards nominations and research grant applications.  All applications for awards and research grants will be submitted and reviewed through this portal.  

Click here:  APTA Academy of Education Awards and Research Grant Portal


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