ABPTRFE utilizes APTA's core values and reflects them within their work:
AccountabilityAccountability is active acceptance of the responsibility for the diverse roles, obligations, and actions of the physical therapist including self regulation and other behaviors that positively influence patient/client outcomes, the profession and the health needs of society.
AltruismAltruism is the primary regard for or devotion to the interest of patients/clients, thus assuming the fiduciary responsibility of placing the needs of the patient/client ahead of the physical therapist's self interest.
Compassion/CaringCompassion is the desire to identify with or sense something of another's experience; a precursor of caring. Caring is the concern, empathy, and consideration for the needs and values of others.
ExcellenceExcellence is physical therapy practice that consistently uses current knowledge and theory while understanding personal limits, integrates judgment and the patient/client perspective, embraces advancement, challenges mediocrity, and works toward development of new knowledge.
IntegrityIntegrity is steadfast adherence to high ethical principles or professional standards; truthfulness, fairness, doing what you say you will do, and "speaking forth" about why you do what you do.
Professional DutyProfessional duty is the commitment to meeting one's obligations to provide effective physical therapy services to patients/clients, to serve the profession, and to positively influence the health of society.
Social ResponsibilitySocial responsibility is the promotion of a mutual trust between the profession and the larger public that necessitates responding to societal needs for health and wellness.
Recognized and valued as the leader and model of best practice in the accreditation of postprofessional physical therapy residency and fellowship programs in the United States.
ABPTRFE aspires that residency and fellowship education becomes the preferred pathway for physical therapist professional development and advancement.
The following goals are listed in priority order as determined by ABPTRFE for the years 2012—2017 .
Goal: Expand organizational and administrative resources within APTA required to meet the needs of additional residency and fellowship programs.
Objectives:1. Define all polices and procedures for development of residency and fellowship programs linked to the Vision and Core Values of ABPTRFE.2. Review and revise the standards related to the accreditation process.
Goal: Identify and implement mechanisms to ensure sufficient resources available to physical therapy residency and fellowship education.
Objectives:1. Develop into a self sustaining entity for the accreditation of residency and fellowship programs.2. Investigate funding sources available to programs and create a resource manual.
Goal: Facilitate and disseminate evidence that supports residency and fellowship education.
Objectives:1. Develop a research agenda related to residency and fellowship education.2. Collect and disseminate research related to residency and fellowship education.
Goal: Increase awareness, value, and participation in accredited residency and fellowship education.
Objectives:1. Develop a marketing plan for the promotion of physical therapist residency and fellowship education.2. Promote residency and fellowship accreditation to internal and external stakeholders.
Goal: Increase the availability and diversity of residency and fellowship programs to meet the demands of consumers.
Objectives:1. Assist in the development of residencies and fellowships in new and emerging areas.2. Develop resources to assist with program development.
Last Updated: 6/19/2014