• The ABPTRFE Board of Directors are pleased to present you with the opportunity to comment on the proposed ABPTRFE Quality Standards.

    To align itself with the consistent principles of continuous improvement and self-examination that ABPTRFE expects of its accredited programs, APBTRFE, over the past year, has engaged in an extensive effort to review its evaluative criteria. While ABPTRFE's current evaluative criteria sets appropriate levels of specificity with respect to expected program performance, the overarching goal of this undertaking was to reduce redundancies throughout the evaluative criteria, demonstrate a commitment to monitoring outcomes, and prepare ABPRTFE for continued growth. The proposed Quality Standards were designed to allow programs to provide evidence of program and participant achievement to better emphasize the benefits of clinical residency and fellowship education in the advancement of physical therapists' professional practice.

    This call for comment period is meant to give all stakeholders an opportunity to provide meaningful feedback on the proposed Quality Standards. Over the next six weeks, ABPTRFE encourages programs to review the Quality Standards and provide comments. These comments will be carefully reviewed by the ABPTRFE Board of Directors during their next meeting.

    As you review the proposed Quality Standards, please keep in mind the primary objectives of this revision were to:

    1. Identify and resolve redundancies;
    2. Clarify language to express compliance expectations;
    3. Assure comparability of standards and procedures aligned with industry accreditation expectations;
    4. Emphasize an outcomes focus that effectively communicates the importance of residency and fellowship education.

    The feedback received will be carefully reviewed in advance of another iteration of the proposed Quality Standards. ABPTRFE plans to begin part 2 of this comprehensive project in Spring 2017 which includes a review of corresponding processes, procedures, and companion documents to assure the accreditation process continues to efficiently support the growth of ABPTRFE and its members.

    Call for comments on APBTRFE's proposed Quality Standards is now closed. Thank you for your feedback!

    Thank you for your commitment to physical therapist residency and fellowship programs and to the future of ABPTRFE.

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    Description of Residency Practice (DRPs):

    These DRPs are posted here for your convenience and reference as you review the New Standards.