The Physical Therapy Learning Institute is proud to host “Reimagining Physical Therapist Education”

A Virtual Forum

April 16-17, 2021

Conference Description: For many years, there has been robust and ongoing discussion related to excellence in physical therapist education. Recent conversations around the return on investment (ROI) for education in the profession; post-professional education (residency/fellowship training); workforce issues; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I); and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic have escalated the conversation and required institutional action to reimagine physical therapist education. This virtual conference is intended to stimulate deep conversation and foster action among the invited attendees to address both anticipated and unexpected opportunities for change in physical therapist education. The time for change has arrived. Outcomes could result in a call-to-action, a white paper, or some other form of dissemination.

Conference Format: This virtual, online conference will occur April 16-17, 2021 (see detailed agenda below). Attendance is limited to 100 invited attendees representing a wide variety of physical therapist education programs from across the country. The conference theme is “Reimagining Physical Therapist Education.” Over the course of the conference, there will be three sub-categories of facilitated debate and conversation. Within each sub-theme, one or two pre-arranged speakers will present a brief (10-15 minute) argument in favor of the concept, and then another pre-arranged speaker(s) will present the argument against the concept. This will be followed by a guided/facilitated group discussion.

Friday, April 16, 2021 (all times Eastern Time Zone):

  • 4:00-4:15: Welcome from PTLI President Barbara Tschoepe; Conference Overview & Ground Rules from Greg Hartley; Gail Jensen to Intro the Keynote Speaker

  • 4:15-4:45: Keynote Speaker/Ignite: William B. Cutrer, MD, MEd; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Vanderbilt University and Editor of The Master Adaptive Learner, 1st Edition, from the American Medical Association MedEd Innovation Series: Innovations from the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. 2020, Elsevier, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-323-71111-1.

  • 4:45-5:15: Open Forum/Q&A with Keynote Speaker

  • 5:15-5:30: Preview of Tomorrow’s Agenda/Format

Saturday, April 17, 2021 (all times Eastern Time Zone):

  • 11:00-12:30: Hybrid PT Education

  • 12:30-1:00: Break

  • 1:00-2:30: Reduction of Unwarranted Variation in PT Education

  • 2:30-3:00: Break

  • 3:00-4:30: Time-Variable, Competency-Based PT Education

  • 4:30-4:45: Break

  • 4:45-5:45: Group Comments, Reflection, Closing Remarks, and Program Evaluation

Hybrid PT Education

Description: Speakers will present the pros and cons of hybrid education in general, why it should be adopted more broadly or not, varying models of hybrid education, online delivery of foundational material, and how it may impact the cost of education (or not). There will also be discussion of how COVID-19 has impacted this concept.

  • Melissa Lazinski, PT, DPT, DHSc (Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Tampa, FL) Pro Team

  • John Buford, PT, PhD (Professor & Director, PT Division, The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, OH) Con Team

Reduction of Unwarranted Variation in PT Education

Description: Speakers will present the pros and cons of unified start times/graduation dates, residency start time, time to enter clinical education, expectations for clinical rotations (Level 1 vs Level 2), the purpose of ICE/how they are done, standardization of curricula, and more.

  • Mike Sheldon, PT, PhD (Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, University of New England, Biddeford, ME), Pro Team

  • Jill Horbacewicz, PT, MA, PhD (Associate Professor and Chair, Physical Therapy Programs, Touro College, Bay Shore, NY) Con Team

Time-Variable, Competency-Based PT Education

Description: Speakers will present the pros and cons of the need for, the value of, and barriers to TB-CBE in PT education throughout the continuum of learning.

  • Steve Ambler, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH (Associate Director of Professional Curriculum in Physical Therapy; Associate Professor of Physical Therapy & Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO) Pro Team

  • Carey Holleran, PT, MPT, DHS (Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy & Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St Louis, MO) Con Team

Reimagining Physical Therapist Education
Apr 16, 2021, 4:00 PM EDT
Online Forum