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:

  1. Send ONE PDF file of the nomination packet by email to the Academy Office at with "Distinguished Mentor" in the Subject heading of the email by November 1st at 5pm ET.
  2. Nomination packets must include:
    1. Written nomination letter addressing the characteristics that distinguish the nominee or nominees. The letter should carefully document the ways in which the nominee(s) fulfill(s) the criteria noted above.
    2. A formal resume or curriculum vitae of the nominee which includes biographical information pertaining to major professional activities and accomplishments of the nominee.
    3. Three support letters from Association members, at least two of which are from Academy of PT Education members. These letters should support the nomination letter by providing a personal account of the teaching activities that distinguish the nominee(s). The authors of the support letters must document proof of APTA Membership.
  3. If a nominee was not selected for the award, the nominator may re-submit the same nomination one time only in the next year with the option of updating supporting documents. If the nomination is submitted in subsequent years, the packet must be completely updated.
  4. Any additional materials that accompany the nomination will not be considered by the selection committee.

The RFESIG, in collaboration with the Orthopaedic Residency & Fellowship SIG (ORF-SIG) of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, has developed a special two-part podcast focusing on residency and fellowship education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the second part of the podcast series, we discuss asynchronous versus synchronous mentoring with guests Elaine Lonnemann, Mark Shepherd, and Cameron MacDonald. We also listen to their thoughtful discussion on the long-term sustainability of residency and fellowship education.

Click here to listen to part two.

Missed part one? Click here to listen to our discussion on what resources are available for residency & fellowship educators to meet program requirements of ABPTRFE and ACOMPTE. Guests include Matt Haberl, Kathleen Geist, Jim Moore, and Linda Csiza.

Would you like to share a resource with the RFESIG community? Please email us at


The RFESIG, in collaboration with the Orthopaedic Residency & Fellowship SIG (ORF-SIG) of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, has developed a special two-part podcast focusing on residency and fellowship education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part 1- With guests Linda Csiza, Matt Haberl, Kathleen Geist, and Jim Moore, we'll answer the question, "During the COVID-19 pandemic, what resources are available to assist all residency and fellowship programs in meeting the criteria established by ABPTRFE and ACOMPTE?"

Click here to listen.

Part 2- We look at how residency and fellowship programs can withstand the long-term effects of the pandemic with guests Elaine Lonnemann, Mark Shepherd, and Cameron MacDonald. Coming soon!

Do you have resources that would benefit other residency and fellowship programs? Email us at


Please give a warm welcome to our new Nominating Committee member, Tara Dickson. We would also like to express our excitement that Sara Virella Kraft and Chrysta Lloyd will be returning to the leadership team. The new terms begins July 1st.

  • Sara Virella Kraft (Chair)
  • Chrysta Lloyd (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Tara Dickson (Nominating Committee)



Podcast #2 — The RFESIG Think Tank: Resources and Application

We are excited to bring you the RFESIG’s podcast #2 focusing on the RFESIG Think Tank and the resources housed within it.

Join us as we speak with Christina Platko, PT, DPT, NCS and Vanessa Mirabito Gerner, PT, DPT, CMPT, ATC about how they’ve applied the resources within the Think Tank Compendium into their programs.

  • Click here to listen!

The RFESIG’s first podcast is now available!

There are many questions surrounding the Annual Continuous Improvement Report (ACIR) required for all residency and fellowship programs by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

The RFESIG interviews Linda Csiza from ABPTRFE to answer some commonly asked questions, including:

  1. How is exhibit 2 and 3 different from the previous report’s program goals and outcomes?
  2. What is the difference between exhibits 2 and 3?
  3. How do I write program sustainability goals?
  4. How can I make my program outcomes measurable?
  5. What is considered a Substantive Change?
  6. What common mistakes are made on the ACIR?
  7. Who do you contact if you need assistance in completing the report?

Click here to listen to the podcast!

Have ideas or suggestions for future podcasts? We want your feedback!

Email Christina Gomez at


More content will be added.

Share information here about learning activities/forms from your program that you feel are innovative in the areas identified by our Think Tank (ethics, mentoring, leadership, statistics, clinical reasoning, ). Include your name, email, residency/fellowship name, organization name and a description of the learning materials and how they are used within your program.