AAOMPT-ABPTRFE-Program Credentialing, the story continues
- February 17, 2020
- Posted by: Pieter Kroon
- Category: Professional Identity
Since my last post on this topic in July 2019, a lot has happened behind the scenes. The decision to step away from ABPTRFE as our credentialing body was significant, and had major ramifications. The main consequence was that the AAOMPT had to come up with a new credentialing body and Standards Committee for the Fellowship Programs, with all that entails.
For that purpose the Accreditation Council on Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Education (ACOMPTE) has been formed. The Accreditation Council is solely responsible for setting accreditation standards, policies and procedures, and making accreditation decisions.
The Council members are Chris Showalter (Chair), Patty McCord, Carol Courtney, Dan Rendeiro, Carol Jo Tichenor, Kathryn Thornburg and Mark Franco (Public Member).
To facilitate the transition, ACOMPTE will recognize OMPT programs with existing ABPTRFE accreditation.
ACOMPTE will ground its standards in the following documents: DASP 2018, IFOMPT 2016 Standards, and ABPTRFE 2013‐2017 Standards. This means that the New Quality Standards, which were put in place by the ABPTRFE per January 1, 2020 will NOT pertain to the Manual Therapy Programs that have decided to step away from the ABPTRFE as their credentialing body.
Additionally, the Council Advisory Committee has been formed, which will essentially function like a Standards Committee to the Accreditation Council. The Committee is formed by Program Directors/Representatives, including yours truly.
The main thing to take away from all this is that MTI, as well as several other Manual Therapy Fellowship Programs who have stepped away from ABPTRFE, will be doing business as usual. As far as admission standards is concerned, it will not be necessary to obtain your OCS or Residency completion prior to being admitted to the Fellowship Program.
I will keep you posted as things progress, but we are definitely headed in the right direction. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My email address: [email protected]