A new American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) podcast examines the history and background of the study Physical Therapist Education for the 21st Century (PTE-21). The investigation is led by lead investigator Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and the co-investigators are Jan Gwyer, PT, PhD, FAPTA and Terry Nordstrom, PT, EdD.
The PTE-21 research team is presently conducting four site visits meant to uncover and examine the crucial dimensions of excellence in physical therapist education across academic and clinical settings.
According to the report, the research team will issue a final report on the first phase of the study in the fall of 2013. Jensen and other colleagues will also begin fundraising for the second phase of the study, which will include 6 additional sites. The PTE-21 research team also includes Elizabeth Mostrom, PT, PhD and Laurita M. Hack, PT, DPT, MBA, PhD, FAPTA.
Phase I of this study is funded by a 2-year APTA award for $50,000, which was the result of a request for proposal for "Innovation and Excellence in Academic and Clinical Education Funding" developed by APTA and announced in November of 2010.