Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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Beyond the Basics: Design and Implementation of
Best Practice in Residency and Fellowship Clinical Education

CSM 2020 Pre-conference Course
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Successful administration of residency and fellowship training programs is more complex than ever. This session will assist accredited and developing residency and fellowship programs with integrating best clinical practice in resident/fellowship mentoring and curriculum development for your programs in 2020! Do you have administrative strategies for patient and director outcomes, clinical mentoring, or managing failure from remediation to termination, and much more? Whether you are an established residency/fellowship program looking to update compliance with the new criteria, an established program that needs to go through reaccreditation in the near future, or a developing program just getting started, this session will help. The speakers and attendees will have the unique opportunity to discuss areas of the accreditation process, such as curriculum and resident/fellow mentoring and training of the resident/fellow mentor. This interactive and engaging course will combine presentations with roundtable discussion. Come and learn from colleagues who are program directors and active in the accreditation process.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to

  1. Develop and integrate updated quality standards into developing or existing residency and fellowship postprofessional programs.
  2. Identify and implement the best practice standards in curriculum development, clinical mentoring, and remediation process for a struggling resident/fellow in developing and existing residency and fellowship programs.
  3. Develop practical strategies for the implementation of curriculum and clinical mentorship and integration of successful methods to track outcomes and compliance in specialty clinical practice.

Kathleen Geist, PT, DPT:
Dr. Kathleen Geist, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University in 1997, a post-professional DPT in 2010 from the University of Indianapolis, and completed a fellowship in 2013 from Regis University. She is the Director of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program and is Assistant Professor at Emory University. Her research interests include the utilization of dry needling in orthopedic conditions and manual therapy. She has published within the journals Foot and Ankle Specialist and Foot and Ankle International, International Journal of Sport Physical Therapy, and Physiotherapy Theory Practice, and was a contributing author within the textbook Physical Therapy of the Shoulder. Dr. Geist is currently serving as the Vice President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, the Vice President of the Orthopedic and Residency Special Interest Group and a member of the Practice Committee of the Academy of Orthopaedics of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Matthew Haberl, PT, DPT, ATC:
Dr. Matt Haberl, PT, ATC, CSCS is a Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He practices as a Physical Therapist and is co-owner of Dynamic Physiotherapy, LLC. In addition to patient care he is Residency Director of Specialized Physical Therapy Education’s Orthopaedic Residency program. As an advocate for residency and fellowship education he serves as a mentor and lead faculty of Specialized Physical Therapy’s Orthopaedic Residency, and Clinical Mentor for Evidence in Motion’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program. He serves as the current President of the Orthopaedic Residency/Fellowship Special Interest Group of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy of the APTA.

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT:
Eric Robertson is Director of Physical Therapy Fellowship and Residency at Kaiser Permanente and Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. He is also a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic physical therapy. Dr. Robertson has experience in education and technology, including virtual care models and hybrid education. At Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Robertson also leads the quality and outcomes team for the redesign effort. Dr. Robertson is a member of the APTA’s Media Corps and a frequent national presenter.

Kirk Bentzen, PT, DPT, MBA:
Kirk R Bentzen, PT, DPT, MBA, received his MPT (1996) and post-professional DPT (2001) from the University of Southern California as well as his MBA from La Sierra University (2006). After working An undergraduate alumnus from Occidental College in Kinesiology and Psychology, Dr. Bentzen currently is a part-time Associate Professor of Anatomy at Occidental College. Dr. Bentzen’s full-time position at Adventist Health Glendale includes the Manager role at the Therapy & Wellness Center since 2003 as well as the Residency Program Director for the Orthopedic Residency (2009) and the Sports Residency (2013). Dr. Bentzen has been involved in ABPTRFE’s Accreditation Services Committee since 2010 and currently holds a position on ABPTRFE’s Accreditation Services Council since 2017.

Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, FAPTA:
Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA received a MPT from the University of Delaware in 1993, a DPT in 2006. Tara is the University of Delaware Director of Physical Therapy Clinical Services and Director of the UD Residency Training Programs. She is dual certified as a Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Tara has received numerous awards at the National level for Excellence in Teaching and Service and is an international speaker on areas of rehabilitation. She publishes in the area of injury and rehabilitation of the spine and knee and was founding co-chair of the American Physical Therapy Association initiative, a clinician portal aimed at bringing evidence to the front line of clinical practice and the Choosing Wisely campaign “Top 5 things Physical Therapists should not do” an American Board of Internal Medicine initiative to improve healthcare outcomes. Dr. Manal is also on the State of Delaware Innovation in Healthcare Practice, Education Committee and Director of the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Aimee Klein, PT, DPT, DSc:
Aimee B. Klein, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS is an Associate Professor for the University of South Florida, USF Health, College of Medicine, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences (USF Health SPT&RS), Tampa, FL. In addition, she is the Coordinator, Post-Professional Residency Education & Simulation. She received her BS in PT (1978) and MS in Sports Physical Therapy (1989) from Boston University. She completed her tDPT in 2002 from the MGH INstitute of Health Professions and her Doctor of Science in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (2008) from Rocky Mountain University. She has been involved in residency training since 2007 and currently is the Program Director for the USF Health SPT&RS Orthopaedic Residency Program. Since 1996, she has been certified as an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist. Currently she is serving her 2nd term as a Director on the APTA Orthopaedic Section Board of Directors (2015 - present). She has served as a member of the APTA’s Board of Directors (2006 -2012), Credentials Services Committee (2011-2013) and Accreditation Services Council (2013 - present), American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education , Spokesperson, APTA Media Corps (2011 – present), as well as numerous elected and appointed positions for the APTA of MA. She received the Mary McDonald Distinguished Service Award (2003) from the APTA of Massachusetts and the APTA's Lucy Blair Service Award (2004), and Mary McMillan Scholarship (1989) at the Master of Science level.

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