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Kansas CityWe have reached an important point in our journey toward the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) initiative of developing a shared vision for clinical education with the just-released May 2014 special issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education! The journal contains seven position papers that articulate possibilities for the future of clinical education and will serve as a platform for discussions leading up to the Clinical Education Summit, to be held October 12 – 13 in Kansas City, Missouri, where we anticipate reaching agreement on best practices in PT clinical education.

See our Resource Page Developing A Shared Vision of Clinical Education on our website to find out more.

It is with great sadness that NEC-ACCE shares the news about the passing of Micki Harris, PT, DPT on October 4, 2013. Micki served as the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) and Assistant Professor at Simmons College. She was a graduate of Simmons College with a BS, PT Certificate in 1982 and a tDPT in 2007.  Micki was very active with NEC-ACCE, and spearheaded the redesign of the Consortium’s website, which she considered to be part of her legacy.

Previously she was the ACCE at Hesser College (Manchester, NH) PTA program  and Northeastern University, DPT Program. She was an APTA Trainer for the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program and had a passion for active teaching techniques and approaches to bridge the generational gap with students and colleagues. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Steve Harris of Litchfield, NH; her daughter, Christina Harris of Boston; her son, Daniel Harris of Litchfield and his wife Christina; and her granddaughter, Annabelle Rose Harris of Litchfield. Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association of NH, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.


Members of the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education presented a session on changing health-care environments and their impact on clinical education when they met at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego from Jan. 21-24.

The two-hour session, “Academic and Clinical Collaboration to Manage Challenges in Clinical Education,”  was a project of the NEC-ACCE Task Force on the Future of Clinical Education. It described the process the task force is using to form the debate among academic and clinical stakeholders about the challenges of clinical education in a health-care system that changes rapidly.

After the main session, task force members presented breakout sessions that centered on common themes from the 34 focus groups they held in 2011-12, and suggested some strategies to move forward. The presentations were well received and the consortium has been invited to submit a proposal for position papers in anticipation of the Summit on a Shared Vision of Clinical Education in the fall of 2014.

Consortium members’ accepted presentations included:


 Strengthening the Academic and Clinical Education Partnership: Focus Group Discussions

  • Mary M. Palaima (Boston University); Deborah D. Pelletier (Springfield College); Olga L. McSorley (Franklin Pierce University); Ellen Wetherbee (University of Connecticut); Lee Nelson (University of Vermont); Donna Applebaum (MGH Institute of Health Professions); Regina Kaufman (Springfield College)

Rethinking Clinical Education: Focus Group Discussions on Financial Considerations

  • Ellen Wetherbee (University of Connecticut);  Olga L. McSorley (Franklin Pierce University); Mary M. Palaima (Boston University);  Deborah Pelletier (Springfield College);  Donna Applebaum (MGH Institute of Health Professions);  Lee Nelson (University of Vermont); Regina Kaufman (Springfield College)


  • Generational Divide (or Not) Survey Comparisons of Perceptions, Priorities, Preferences and Career Plans of Three Generations of Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistants Upon Entering the Workforce [Poster].  Micki Harris (Simmons College) and Olga McSorley (Franklin Pierce University)
  • A Liangong-based exercise program helps improve balance in five subjects living with chronic effects of stroke: a case series [Poster]. Regina Kaufman, Kim Nowakowski ,  and Dawn Roberts (Springfield College)
  • Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Experiences of Recent Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduates: Supervisor and Mentor Perspectives [Poster}. Mary M. Palaima (Boston University) and  Marylee Rambaud (Boston University).
  • Interaction between cohorts of Doctoral Physical Therapy students during full-time and part-time clinical education experiences. [Poster] Deborah Pelletier and Kim Nowakowski (Springfield College), and Stephanie Grigely (HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital – Ludlow, Mass.).
  •  Clinical Teaching Behaviors and Attitudes of APTA credentialed and non-credential Physical Therapist Clinical Instructors [Poster}. Christopher L. Petrosino (Walsh University); Ellen Wetherbee (University of Connecticut); Nancy Peatman (Franklin Pierce University)


Three consortium members also received special recognition at the San Diego meeting:

  • Janet Gangaway, of the University of Hartford, was the recipient of the Judy Circullo Award, a national leadership award through the APTA Aquatic Section. The award is presented annually to a section member who promotes aquatic therapy through service and/or clinical practice.
  • Susan Glenney, of the University of Connecticut, and Kristin Greenwood, of Northeastern University, received their Geriatric Clinical Specialist certifications at a ceremony at CSM that recognizes newly certified and recertified clinical specialists.