PTA EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS IN ORTHOPAEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPY
BEGAN AT AOM 2016...
I HOPE TO SEE MORE PTAS AT THE 2017 MEETING IN SAN DIEGO
The 2016, the 4th Annual Orthopaedic Section (AOM) meeting was the first meeting that provided both PT and PTA course objectives. While this is not uncommon in many continuing education course offerings, this is the beginning of an evolving mission of the PTA Education Interest Group (EIG) of the Orthopaedic Section. As PTA EIG Chair, I see its mission being to enhance the Section’s goal of providing exceptional educational content for continuing competence in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. For PTAs working in the Orthopaedic setting, you might want to realize that the structure of APTA’s PTA Advanced Proficiency Pathway (APP) in orthopaedic physical therapy has been guided by the Orthopaedic Section. By surveying Section membership, orthopaedic PT expectations for the proficient orthopaedic PTA was extracted from that data. It only made sense to have the Section PT membership have input into what is expected of their support staff. I think that to insure a high standard of quality in this educational pathway, the Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting programming provides that opportunity.
Promoting the goal of excellence in orthopaedic physical therapy will require elevating continuing competence standards for PTAs. Those practices utilizing PT/PTA teams now have the opportunity at AOM for a valuable balance of didactic and hands-on team learning experiences to meet those needs. In appreciating the history of excellent programming provided by the Orthopaedic Section, its course offerings should be the obvious source for PTAs to utilize in gaining that advanced proficiency. As the PTA EIG Chair, I hope to be the link from section leadership to the PTA members and vice versa to enhance the proper course structure for the PTA registrant. It is our hope that, in working with APTA, as time moves on with the development of the future AOM programming and the APTA APP in orthopaedic physical therapy, we will also be supporting the academic and clinical rigor necessary for PTAs to meet their requirements to fulfill their pathway to advanced proficiency in orthopaedic physical therapy. PT and PTA members, I urge you to utilize this opportunity to not only take advantage of the quality programming offered at the Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting, but to also provide your input addressing your learning experience to progressively enhance Orthopaedic programming to meet the needs your orthopaedic PT/PTA team. Please direct questions regarding PTA attendance at the 2017 Annual Orthopaedic Meeting to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Jason Oliver, PTA
Chair, PTA Educational Interest Group