Biased? Me? PT in Motion Magazine Takes a Look at Unconscious Cultural Attitudes

Want to get an up-close glimpse at a person with cultural biases? Follow these instructions:1. Grab a mirror.
2. Look into it.

That’s one way to summarize the starting point for “Battling Bias’s Distorted Images,” the cover story for the October issue of PT in Motion magazine. The article makes the case that while unconscious bias—also known as implicit bias—is very much a part of the human condition, it’s something that can be acknowledged and managed in ways that minimize its impact on relationships. For health care providers including physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs), that’s an important step to take in effective patient care.

Through interviews with PTs in a variety of settings, author and Associate Editor Eric Ries explores how implicit bias—and these PTs’ recognition of it in themselves—has impacted and changed their lives, particularly at the professional level. Several describe the journey as a path that’s not always easy, but absolutely crucial to providing the best possible person-centered care.

Full story at APTA

From PT in Motion magazine: ‘Top 10 States in Which to Practice’

Looking for a good state in which to practice as a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA)? If you’re not there already, you might want to consider heading west.

Now available: PT in Motion magazine’s “Top 10 States in Which to Practice” feature, the results of an annual analysis of 8 criteria that can make a state appealing for a PT or PTA: well-being and future livability, literacy and health literacy, employment and employee projections, business and practice friendliness, technology and innovation, compensation and cost of living, health and financial disparities, and PT, PTA, and student engagement with APTA.

Full story of states to practice PT or PTA at APTA

PT, PTA Education Leadership Institute Accepting Applications for a Program That Empowers, Inspires, and Connects

Being a director for a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) education program can sometimes seem as lonely as it is overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Again in 2016, APTA is inviting a select group of emerging program directors to learn from mentors and each other in ways that will enhance their own work and strengthen the profession overall.

Called the Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship, the yearlong program uses a blended learning approach (online and onsite components) to help PT and PTA education directors in academic, residency, and fellowship settings to hone their skills in facilitating change, thinking strategically, and engaging in public discourse to advance the physical therapy profession. APTA is accepting applications to the program through January 15, 2016, 5:00 pm ET.

For Merrill Landers, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, ELI was the right program at the right time. “The ELI program was just what I needed as a new department chair,” Landers said. “It provided me a big-picture understanding of the role that a department chair plays in higher education, and it gave me the tools to be a vision-driven leader.”

Full story of the Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship at APTA

Student Loan Repayment to Be Focus of Flash Action Nov 4-5

People in rural and underserved areas deserve access to physical therapy—and including physical therapists (PTs) in the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) could make that access possible. Plus, participating in the NHSC could qualify PTs for a student loan repayment program.

In other words, it’s advocacy time.

On November 4-5, students in PT and physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs will lead association members and supporters in a “Flash Action” to advocate for allowing PTs to participate in the NHSC and its Student Loan Repayment Program. That program repays up to $50,000 in outstanding student loans to certain health care professionals who agree to work for at least 2 years in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area.

Full story of PTs and student loan repayment in Flash Action at APTA

Reorganized APTA Resource Provides Ethics Information

Making an ethical decision or evaluating the ethics of a colleague’s action requires careful consideration of facts and circumstances that can vary dramatically from one situation to the next. It can be a complicated process for any practitioner, particularly when opinions on ethics can differ, but familiarity with ethical decision-making can help—that’s the thinking behind a reorganized APTA members-only offering that collects all of PT in Motion’s “Ethics in Practice” articles into one easy-to-access webpage.

The articles, a regular column of the monthly APTA member magazine and written by Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, tackle current and complex ethical issues as they appear in real-world practice. APTA’s webpage organizes the articles by topic as well as by their relationship to provisions in the Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant. The page also includes links to articles that guide readers through an ethical decision-making process.

Full story of ethics in motion at APTA