New MTI Cohort 2021
- September 7, 2020
- Posted by: Pieter Kroon
- Category: Continuing Education
My last post all things program related has been quite a while. Since then it has been quite hectic, trying to navigate a brave new world in education as a result of COVID related restrictions. At first we postponed most in person course work, hoping that the delay would be only temporary. We soon realized it might be quite a while before the COVID situation is be brought under control. After weighing all options, including postponing the program for the remainder of 2020, we had decided in June that the least bad option would be to transform the program from a mostly in-person teaching environment to a mostly online teaching environment. The hardest part for any Manual Therapy Fellowship Program in COVID times is to still teach the hands on portion of the program without the faculty actually being there to assist you in the proper execution of the techniques. To help out with that we have professionally videotaped all the techniques taught in the first year of the program and made that available to all students.
Now that this transition has been mostly been achieved, it was time to look at the start of a new cohort. We will be starting one new cohort next year, at Texas State University Round Rock, on January 9, 2021.
If you have been reading my previous posts related the New Quality Standards imposed by the APTA/ABPTRFE per January 1,2020 you are by now aware that these standards were not compatible with the way Manual Therapy Fellowship Programs function. First of all, the new standards would mean that we could not adhere to IFOMPT standards anymore, and that is a non-starter. Additionally from a philosophical- and economic standpoint the New Quality Standards do not work for Manual Therapy Fellowship education. For those reasons most programs decided to step away from the ABPTRFE. The AAOMPT has formed is own credentialing body (ACOMPTE) to ascertain that programs will abide by current IFOMPT standards and will deliver the same high level educational content that is expected from us. This was all done with the APTA’s approval, so that working relationship is still intact.
The main thing to take away from all this is that MTI 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. This is a very important thing to keep in mind, as most PT’s are not aware of this. If you have any colleagues or students who are interested in pursing post doctorate Manual Therapy education, please let them know that they can apply with MTI as normal. No OCS or Residency required! We are taking applications for the upcoming cohort at Texas State University as we speak.
Check out the following two links. the first one will talk about the ability to apply for the Program without an OCS or Residency requirement, the second one talks about MTI’s philosophy.
I hope you are all doing as well as can possibly be expected. Hang in there, things will get betterJ