#ELC2016: Responses to Keynote Address

These 3 Ignite Sessions were to respond to the keynote address:

Dr. Chris Sebelski: Why are physical therapists “quietly competent”?  She reports staggering statistics of the small number of “deans” or those in top level positions of academic institutions.

What if PTs do not believe we can be successful in higher level positions?  On a scale from 0-100, rate your confidence in leadership self-efficacy (personal judgement that one can execute a desired course of action to produce a desired outcome).

Did you know most PTs mark down high leadership self-efficacy beliefs…There is no difference amongst genders, age, board-certification.

 So if we believe, why don’t we move to higher-level visionary leadership?   

If every PT has high self-efficacy beliefs, why don’t we garnish beliefs to coach and inspire (especially older therapists—-live those accomplishments—give examples to younger clinicians).

What would happen if leadership was explicitly discussed within DPT curriculum and Residency programs? 


Dr. Michael Majsak:

Shying Away”  —- 25 years ago PTs curricula was challenged.

We need to move towards commitment which includes making tough choices, allocating resources, finding/supporting the right people, making time for meaningful resources.

What is our vision of a well-informed doctoring profession?   We need to transform society and empower our students for a perpetual transformation.

We need to shift away from Transmission to Transformative.    We need to make information at their fingertips, meaningful.   Shift from “me” to “patient/clients”.   We need to “improve human experiences”.

In order to transform society, we need to be committed to ensuring our students assimilate into a culture of a doctoring profession.

Note:  His slides were a bit wordy and at times, difficult to follow

Are we overreaching?  Do we give them downtime to appreciate social determinants of health

Do we build-in and support professional activity and experiences in our programs sufficient for students to begin to assimilate into the culture of physical therapy.

Would a mandatory residency assist if they don’t have enough time…


Dr. Bob Rowe:

From an academic perspective, we select very good students and they graduate and do fantastic.  We’re really proud of them but they graduate and “then what”?  We create people who are technically skilled but what do they do?  They should up at 8am and out the door by 4:30pm.  We have 30% membership rate at APTA.  We have people who practice for 30 years and never advocate!  Do we create advocates?  No.

We need people with “passion”.  Do we look for this in applicants?   No.  We need to measure for the “passion quotient”.   As academics, do we value passion?

Important Calculation:  Curiosity Quotient + Passion Quotient is > than Intelligence Quotient

Residency should be mandated for students to make this happen!