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10th Annual Geneva R. Johnson Forum on Innovations in Physical Therapy Education

Propelling PT Education Forward through Competency-Based Education: Why, What, and How

Friday, October 13, 2023, 8am to 10 am   ●   ELC 2023   ●   Philadelpia, PA

Keynote: Re-envisioning Physical Therapy Teaching and Assessment through Entrustable Professional Activities
Presented By: Robert Englander, MD, MPH

In this session, we began with an argument for the "why" behind the paradigm shift from structure/process to competency-based physical therapy education (CBPTE). We used the shift in medical education to provide some context and expectations around the timing of the change. Next, we briefly outlined the major steps in making the shift, and the basic tenets of  CBE.  We explored the particular conundrums related to assessment in CBE, and lastly examined Entrustable Professional Activities as a potential solution. 

Link to the PDF of the GRJ Keynote

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Robert Englander, MD, MPH

GRJ Forum Keynote Speaker

Robert Englander, MD, MPH is the immediate past Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He led UME through a five year strategic plan focused on a vision of “A community learning together to prepare exceptional physicians to improve the health and wellbeing of Minnesota and beyond.”  He earned his MD degree from Yale in 1987, and a MPH from Johns Hopkins in 1999.  Bob completed a Pediatrics residency at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


From 1993-2002 Bob was at the University of Maryland as a Pediatric Intensivist, where he held leadership roles in the Pediatric residency and undergraduate medical education.  In 2002, Bob relocated to Hartford, Connecticut to be Medical Director of Inpatient Services and to start an academic division of hospital medicine at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. From 2005-2011, he assumed the role of Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety.  During his years in Connecticut, Bob also served as Associate Director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program overseeing competency based education, served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, and was a member of the Pediatrics Milestones Working Group.

In 2011, Bob moved to the AAMC, where his efforts were aimed at advancing competency-based medical education.  He served as the project lead for Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum, a model that proved feasibility of advancing students from medical school through residency based on competence rather than time. Bob also served as the AAMC’s project lead and one of the drafting panel members for the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. During that time, Bob also served as one of the core developers of Entrustable Professional Activities for General Pediatrics.

In 2016, Bob moved to Minneapolis to become the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. In 2022, Bob left the University of Minnesota to move to Chicago to join his fiancé and explore the next phase of his journey!

GRJ Forum Panel Discussion



  • Jean Timmerberg, PT, PhD, MHS, OCS - Director of the Programs in Physical Therapy, Vice Chair of the Department of Rehabilitative & Regenerative Medicine, and Assistant Dean in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York


  • Robert Englander, MD, MPH - Keynote Speaker

  • Steven Ambler, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH- Professor and Division Director of Education at Washington University in St. Louis

IGNITE talks:

  • Katie Myers, PT, DPT - Co-Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Director of Curriculum, and Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division at Duke University in Durham, NC

  • Gammon Earhart, PT, PhD, FAPTA - Associate Dean for Physical Therapy, Director of the Program in Physical Therapy, and Professor of Physical Therapy, Neuroscience and Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

  • Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, FNAP, FAPTA - Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Medical Education at the University of Miami, a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, and Vice President of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

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