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Clinical Education Special Interest Group (Clinical Ed-SIG)

Arizona Physical Therapy Association

Clinical Education Special Interest Group – Arizona Chapter (AzCESIG)



Lorie Kroneberger, PT, DPT, GCS - Chair
Holly Carroll, PT, DPT - Secretary/Membership Coordinator
The AzPTA Clinical Education Special Interest Group is a consortium started by the Directors of Clinical Education from the four entry-level DPT and six PTA educational programs in Arizona. We are dedicated to enhancing the partnership between clinical practice and education. We serve as a resource to support the success of the student and clinical instructor in quality learning environments. We encourage collaboration and innovation in the professional development of both the novice and experienced physical therapist. Our common goal is to define and promote excellence in clinical education within the state of Arizona.

*We confirm that this Special Interest Group will continue to abide by the rules and responsibilities stated in the APTA Guidelines for Special Interest Groups and that it recognizes that no one other than the President of AzPTA is authorized to make statements on behalf of the Association.

Purpose of the SIG:
The AzCESIG shall serve as a resource and forum for individuals in Arizona who are interested in the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of clinical education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Goals of the SIG:
A.    To provide a vehicle for encouraging and enhancing communication among all clinical educators.
B.    To increase the participation of clinical educators in the AzCESIG, Chapter, and Association.
C.    To provide continuing education in areas pertinent to clinical education and teaching.
D.    To foster best practice strategies in clinical education in an atmosphere of evidence based practice.
E.    To promote cooperative efforts among local educational programs and clinical sites in scheduling, evaluation, and continuing education.
F.    To serve as a resource body in acquiring, managing, and disseminating information related to clinical education in Arizona.
G.   To coordinate efforts and events in cooperation with the Az Student SIG and AzPTASIG.
H.   To represent the interests of AzCESIG members before the official decision-making bodies of the Chapter, Association, and other components

Proposed Initial Activities of the SIG:
*   Coordinate Annual Conference with primary intent of offering clinical education related CEUs for clinical instructors
*   Promote and support the APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program
*   Develop a web-based resource compendium managed by the SIG which will feature discussion postings, advertising of clinical ed related educational CEUs, clinical education forms and references, and links to Arizona PT and PTA academic programs
*   Work with the Continuing Competence Task Force to develop guidelines for the awarding of CEUs related to clinical instruction


Clinical Educator Funding Opportunity

 To promote involvement of clinical educators in discussions of matters related to physical therapy clinical education, the Education Section of APTA and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) have offered to sponsor registration fees for clinical educators or clinical administrators who support physical therapy clinical education to attend this professional meeting of academic and clinical educators. To be eligible, PT and PTA clinical educators must complete and submit the attached Clinical Educator Application for Support to Andi Page on or before July 24th. Persons who are selected to receive support for registration fees will be notified by August 7th. 

Whether a novice or experienced clinical educator, you are invited to apply for this support. If you are unable to attend ELC 2015, please forward this opportunity to apply for sponsorship to a colleague. The voice of clinical educators is essential to preserving the quality of clinical education experiences integral for assuring workforce readiness upon graduation. Please consider joining us in Baltimore to attend meaningful sessions and participate in visionary discussions about best clinical education practice. The future is what we make it! 

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