Developing a Shared Vision for Clinical Education




The Academy of Physical Therapy Education (APTE) and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) encourage submissions for educational session, platform and poster presentation proposals for the Educational Leadership Conference 2019.

Abstracts will be accepted from March 15 until April 18, 2019

The conference titled Setting Sail: Discovering a New World of Opportunities has the following sub-themes and topics:

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Click Here for Survey on Recommendations of the Best Practices for Physical Therapist Clinical Education Task Force

The Best Practices for Physical Therapist Clinical Education Task Force was charged to consider strategies and provide recommendations to APTA’s Board of Directors to identify best practice for physical therapist clinical education, from professional level through postprofessional clinical training, and propose potential courses of action for a doctoring profession to move toward practice that best meets the evolving needs of society.

The Education Leadership Partnership (ELP) is seeking feedback on these recommendations and will summarize data collected through five (5) town hall events and this survey.  A report will be submitted to the Board for consideration prior to making decisions on the recommendations at their November 2017 board meeting.

While it is a goal to receive widespread feedback from all stakeholders, it is critical that we obtain the perspectives of those in clinical management/administrative positions who support clinical education efforts and hire/mentor new graduates. We need the help of CCCEs and Cis to raise awareness for those for whom these issues are not “on their radar” regularly. Please forward the link to your managers/practice owners with your own personal message to communicate the importance of their feedback on these issues. Consider watching the 20-minute video as a department to prepare for responding to the survey.

Responding to the Survey

  1. Read the Task Force’s Report or watch the narrated video overview, and review answers to frequently asked questions prior to beginning the survey.
  2. Allow ~15 minutes to complete the survey.
  3. The survey will close on Friday, September 15, 2017.


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Please feel free to leave a comment on our discussion board if you have any other questions or concerns you would like to share with the New England Consortium of Clinical Educators. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue working towards a Shared Vision for PT Clinical Education.


Donna Applebaum, DPT, MS

Chair, ACAPT National Consortium of Clinical Educators

Director of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy

MGH Institute of Health Professions

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.