Developing a Shared Vision for Clinical Education

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi



The ACAPT Clinical Education Summit Interim Report has been posted on the ACAPT website. Check it out!


APTA Education Leadership (ELC) 2014 Conference is here!

With over 700 attendees the conference is off to a great start.  Follow along #ELC2014 on Twitter for updates on what is happening at the conference.

The Clinical Education Summit will take place on October 12th and 13th. Follow along on Twitter @ClinEd14. Also portions of the summit will be live streamed and available for viewing on the CE Summit web page; the link will go live the morning of October 12. Live stream video will capture the plenary events in Century C; break‐out sessions will not be available on live stream. See for details.



We 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 webinar 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.

Position Papers:

Link to the ACAPT page that includes the position papers:

Please be aware that at the end of each position paper you have the opportunity to leave comments to address the following:

“After reading this article, What ideas do you think are worth pursuing and why? What ideas make you uncomfortable? Are there modifications to the ideas that you would suggest that would make them more palatable or attractive?”


Targeted webinars were held in June and July around key issues presented in the position papers. These webinar discussions are intended to allow for input from a broad array of stakeholders and will be used to further shape proposed positions. We encourage everyone with an interest in clinical education to read these position papers and comment on the papers and webinar discussions.

Webinar recordings and chat transcriptions can be accessed through the ACAPT website using the following link:

The webinar topics are listed below:

Webinars 1 & 2: Introduction to the Conversation
Authors: Jette, Recker-Hughes, Deusinger

Webinars 3 & 4: Clinical Education Curricular Structure
Authors: Jette, Hakim, Rapport

Webinars 5 & 6: Partnerships

Authors: Jette, McCallum, Applebaum

Clinical Education Summit:

The position papers and webinars will shape the conversation, and will lead us to the Clinical Education Summit in Kansas City, October 12 – 13, 2014. This Summit immediately follows the annual APTA Education Leadership Conference,

The goal of the Clinical Education Summit will be to take the positions from the position papers as they have been shaped through webinar discussions and other forums to reach agreement around recommendations for best practices for clinical education. Recommendations formulated during the Summit will then be taken forward to the appropriate body (ACAPT, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), etc.) for approval with continued discussion as needed. Institutions who are members of ACAPT will be allowed to send two representatives to the Summit who will share a single vote representing their institution. In addition, other critical stakeholders (clinicians, other disciplines, payers, etc.) will be present to participate and offer input into the discussions.

Through the collaborative efforts of ACAPT, APTA, the Education Section, the Clinical Education Special Interest Group of the Education Section, and FSBPT, our profession is moving closer to the goal of reaching agreement on best practices for clinical education in entry-level physical therapist education.

The New England Consortium is committed to the spirit of this process being a shared vision for the future of clinical education. We encourage you to take the time to read the position papers, provide thoughtful comments, and participate in the webinars. Your involvement in this process is integral to its success. Please feel free to contact any of the consortium members if you have any questions or feedback.