The Academic Education Committee is charged with promoting best education resources related to the practice of physical therapy for older adults. The committee will oversee development of activities related to the education of entry-level physical therapists and physical therapist assistants related to geriatric practice. The chair oversees development and updates of education content related to best practices in geriatric care, including but not limited to essential competencies in the care of older adults and entry-level competencies in the care of older adults. The committee develops mechanisms for information and resource sharing, discussions of relevant topics, and professional networking related to PT and PTA education in geriatric physical therapy.
The Awards Committee is charged with overseeing the development and granting of various Academy awards to celebrate excellence in physical therapy for aging adults.
The Evidence-Based Documents Committee is changed with managing the development of evidence-based documents such as clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), adapted guidelines and clinical summaries that utilize the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, and Disability and Health (ICF), that address the physical therapy assessment and management of conditions commonly seen in older adults.
The Finance Committee is charged with advising the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the Academy’s financial needs, growth, and stability based on periodic review of income, expenditure, and investments. The Finance Committee also makes recommendations regarding the annual budget to the Board of Directors.
The Geriatric Specialist Certification and Advanced Proficiency Pathways for PTAs Committee is charged with promoting advance practice activities to PT and PTAs including but not limited to assisting those therapists/therapists assistants pursuing geriatric certification, advanced clinical proficiency recognition, pursuing or developing clinical residency programs, and/or pursuing any other advance education related to the aging adult.
The Membership Committee exists to recruit new members and retain current membership. Committee members formulate and implement strategies designed to inform members and prospective members of the benefits of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. The committee develops and promotes activities designed to demonstrate the advantages of Academy membership. Other duties include assisting with booth activities at the CSM and National Meetings, conducting exiting member surveys, as well as welcoming and encouraging all members to contribute and be involved in Academy activities. Committee member participation is flexible, depending on members time and availability.
The Membership Committee is charged with collaborating with committees, special interest groups, membership, and Board and staff liaisons on key strategies, challenges, and needs to provide insight on membership recruitment, engagement, and retention.
The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and slating outstanding candidates for each elected position on the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy elections slate, to conduct the elections ethically, in a way that is compliant with the bylaws, and promote member participation in the vote. The committee fosters activities that maintain and promote a pool of nominees and recruit strong candidates for elected positions including Special Interest Group (SIG) officers and to facilitate the appointment process. The committee maintains the confidentiality of any potential candidate until the final slate is completed and submitted to the board of directors (BOD).
The Online Education Committee is charged with identifying topics and speakers/authors of online continuing education content for home study courses and webinars in the APTA Geriatrics Learning Center.
The Payment, Policy, and Advocacy Committee is charged with monitoring and advising on federal legislation as it relates to reimbursement and payment for physical therapy services in all practice settings were aging adults are served..
The Section Programming Committee is charged with helping the Section Programming Co-Chairs (SPCs) to review and rate educational session proposals for the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). Committee members may assist with moderating educational sessions if attending CSM and will provide feedback after CSM including suggestions for future conferences.
The Research Committee is charged with promoting evidence-based practice and outstanding research.