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Future Educational Opportunities

Future Educational Opportunities PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT President, Academy of Oncology Physical Therapy In the last President’s Perspective, I discussed the need As the world navigates new needs for social distanc- to establish standardized education to prepare entry-level ing, and in-person courses facing continued limitations, we physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants are turning our attention to online programming. Online (PTAs) to treat individuals with cancer. No PT or PTA options allow us to cast a wider net and reach those unable should feel intimidated, anxious, or in the dark of where to attend regional courses. Our first step, like so many oth- to start when an order to evaluate and treat a person with ers, has been to offer our regional courses virtually when cancer is received. Rather, everyone should feel prepared, able. Although there are many benefits to in-person learn- confident, and excited to help restore the quality of life of ing and some things cannot be replicated online, pivoting those who have cancer. While APTA Oncology advocates to online options when in-person learning is not possible making this a reality, we are also working on additional allows us to continue to share necessary knowledge with ways to expand our educational programming. Our goal is clinicians seeking education. Live and prerecorded online to ensure access to resources that will eliminate the fears education will allow us to diversify our offerings, increase or challenges of treating individuals with cancer. frequency of delivery, and reach many more physical ther- Currently, the Academy provides several opportu- apy professionals in the future. nities for members and nonmembers to connect with To be successful with future programming, we need educational resources that assist in navigating oncologic the help of our members. We are looking to the clini- rehabilitation. This programming is inclusive of contin- cal experts and board-certified specialists to collaborate in uing education offerings such as our in-person regional creating content and facilitating courses to broaden our SM courses and OncoReads , informational resources such educational reach. For those interested, please reach out as our fact sheets and internship contacts, clinician-driven to the Academy to discuss opportunities to assist with this content videos, and our Mentorship program. Our special very important initiative. interest groups (SIGs) and listservs provide additional As an academy, APTA Oncology has been committed interactive opportunities for clinical conversation among to providing education not only to our members but also to members to foster learning, clinical problem-solving, and the oncologic rehabilitation community at large. We will advancement of practice. Our programming aims to be continue to communicate our progress in offering online comprehensive from service aimed at those with limited education via Academy channels. exposure to those with years of experience with oncologic Best regards, rehabilitation. Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT Rehabilitation Oncology Copyright 2022 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA The author declares no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT, Memorial Sloan Ket- tering, Cancer Center, 515 Madison Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10022 (laurasheridanpt@gmail.com). DOI: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000302 Rehabilitation Oncology, Vol. 40, No. 2 Future Educational Opportunities 57 Copyright © 2022 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health

Future Educational Opportunities

Rehabilitation Oncology , Volume 40 (2) – Apr 1, 2022

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PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT President, Academy of Oncology Physical Therapy In the last President’s Perspective, I discussed the need As the world navigates new needs for social distanc- to establish standardized education to prepare entry-level ing, and in-person courses facing continued limitations, we physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants are turning our attention to online programming. Online (PTAs) to treat individuals with cancer. No PT or PTA options allow us to cast a wider net and reach those unable should feel intimidated, anxious, or in the dark of where to attend regional courses. Our first step, like so many oth- to start when an order to evaluate and treat a person with ers, has been to offer our regional courses virtually when cancer is received. Rather, everyone should feel prepared, able. Although there are many benefits to in-person learn- confident, and excited to help restore the quality of life of ing and some things cannot be replicated online, pivoting those who have cancer. While APTA Oncology advocates to online options when in-person learning is not possible making this a reality, we are also working on additional allows us to continue to share necessary knowledge with ways to expand our educational programming. Our goal is clinicians seeking education. Live and prerecorded online to ensure access to resources that will eliminate the fears education will allow us to diversify our offerings, increase or challenges of treating individuals with cancer. frequency of delivery, and reach many more physical ther- Currently, the Academy provides several opportu- apy professionals in the future. nities for members and nonmembers to connect with To be successful with future programming, we need educational resources that assist in navigating oncologic the help of our members. We are looking to the clini- rehabilitation. This programming is inclusive of contin- cal experts and board-certified specialists to collaborate in uing education offerings such as our in-person regional creating content and facilitating courses to broaden our SM courses and OncoReads , informational resources such educational reach. For those interested, please reach out as our fact sheets and internship contacts, clinician-driven to the Academy to discuss opportunities to assist with this content videos, and our Mentorship program. Our special very important initiative. interest groups (SIGs) and listservs provide additional As an academy, APTA Oncology has been committed interactive opportunities for clinical conversation among to providing education not only to our members but also to members to foster learning, clinical problem-solving, and the oncologic rehabilitation community at large. We will advancement of practice. Our programming aims to be continue to communicate our progress in offering online comprehensive from service aimed at those with limited education via Academy channels. exposure to those with years of experience with oncologic Best regards, rehabilitation. Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT Rehabilitation Oncology Copyright 2022 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA The author declares no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT, Memorial Sloan Ket- tering, Cancer Center, 515 Madison Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10022 (laurasheridanpt@gmail.com). DOI: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000302 Rehabilitation Oncology, Vol. 40, No. 2 Future Educational Opportunities 57 Copyright © 2022 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited.

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Rehabilitation OncologyWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Apr 1, 2022

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