Kathy Mairella, Physical Therapist and Chair of the Best Practices for Physical Therapist Clinical Education Task Force, comes onto the podcast for some great insight from her perspective being on the task force. She goes through how the task force was formed and how they collected the data, summary of the recommendations from the task force, results of the stakeholder feedback, why the board made the recommendation for residency as a part of the future DPT education path, her response to common criticisms of mandatory residency, evidence on outcomes with undergoing residency, what she feels that board will decide on the recommendations, and more!
Kathy Mairella is a physical therapist and she is an Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Education at the Rutgers University DPT program. She has been a member of the board of directors within the APTA until completion of her term in June 2017 and she was appointed to be the chair 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.
APTA Best Practices for Physical Therapist Clinical Education Task Force Report
Executive Summary: http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/Educators/CETFExecutiveSummary.pdf