Q: Why are there sometimes conflicts with more than one course of similar content occurring at the same time in Saskatchewan? Is CPTE communicating with other groups that offer courses? This has led to course cancellation on one occasion and the cancellation of this course was disappointing.
A: CPTE plans courses 12-18 months in advance. We try very hard to communicate our intentions to as many stakeholders as possible. We are more involved now than ever with other continuing education groups at the University of Saskatchewan, so interprofessional content is easier to communicate. However, CPTE is not the only group in Saskatchewan that provides continuing education programming. We cannot control when or where other courses will occur. We also rely on other groups to communicate with us to avoid conflicts in programming. We encourage and appreciate communication with our office so we can help avoid course conflicts. It is disappointing for us to cancel a course as well, as many hours of work go into a course prior to the actual event.
Q: Some courses are poorly advertised, why isn't advertising the same for all courses in Saskatchewan?
A: CPTE courses all have the same general advertising. Courses are advertised on the CPTE website, in online newsletters, Program Director's reports, online registration forms, e-blasts, and by posters emailed to facilities. With some courses, we have a much shorter timeframe for advertising than others, although we try to allow a minimum of 6 months notice wherever possible. However, not all of the courses open to Physical Therapists in Saskatchewan are CPTE courses. In some cases, facilities or health regions offer courses for their staff and open the courses to other PT's. In this case the advertising will look very different. When CPTE is notified of these other courses, we do post them on our website on the Non-CPTE Educational Opportunities page - but we do not always get notified of other courses happening in Saskatchewan.
Q: Why is there only 1 Upper and 1 Lower Quadrant (Orthopedic Syllabus) offered per year? This is not frequent enough, and makes completing the syllabus in a reasonable time difficult.
A: We are unable to schedule more orthopaedic syllabus courses (Level 2 and Level 3) during the year for a number of reasons:
Note that participants can take both a Level 2 and a Level 3 Lower Quadrant or Level 2 and Level 3 Upper Quadrant in the same year, so if they are able to take both courses in that year, it would only take 2 years to complete all the Level 2 and Level 3 courses. This is a very reasonable timeframe for completion of this series of courses.
Q: Why was a Level 4 booked in January when there were a number of people challenging the Intermediate Exam in April, who may be able to do their Level 4 if successful in the Intermediate Exam?
A: We realize that there were individuals writing the Intermediate Exam this spring, but there were also other individuals who needed to take the Level 4 and 5 courses so that they could apply for the Advanced Examination this fall. If we had waited for those writing the Intermediate Exam this spring to get their results back, we would not have been able to offer the Level 4 and 5 courses in time for those who needed to meet the application deadline for the Fall Advanced Examination. We also have to take into consideration the instructor's schedule. Since we only have one instructor in Saskatchewan eligible to instruct at this level, we have to be considerate of his time and his other commitments when trying to schedule courses that he needs to instruct. We will try to offer the Level 4 and 5 courses regularly, even with very small registration numbers, so that our therapists can move ahead within the system.
Q: Why are the Orthopedic Syllabus courses so long?
A: The length and content of Orthopedic Syllabus courses is determined by the National Orthopedic Division, and must conform to meet standards set by IFOMPT (International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists).
Q: What considerations are taken when booking the Syllabus courses?
A: A large number of factors are taken into consideration when booking Syllabus courses:
CPTE has a number of courses in planning for 2011 and planning is already beginning for 2012. Information and registration forms for these courses will be posted on our CPTE Course Calendar listing as details become finalized.
The following courses are in planning, although we are still working out final dates and other details:
Thanks to our onsite managers and course assistants for your support in helping us keep our courses running on track when we cannot be onsite.
Brenna Bath, Level 3 Upper Quadrant, Saskatoon
Monique Marshall, Mulligan Concept - Lower Quadrant, Saskatoon
Brenna Becker and Yorkton Physiotherapy - Soft Tissue / Myofascial Management of the Pelvic and Thoracic Outlets, Yorkton
Craven Sport Services - Neuroproprioceptive Taping, Saskatoon
Louise Ashcroft - Level 2 Lower Quadrant, Saskatoon
Jill Apshkrum and Anderson Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation - Kinesio Taping and First Responder Re-Certification, Regina
Rhonda Shishkin - The Running Course - Level II Advanced Clinical Reasoning, Saskatoon
Barbara Hodgson, Camille Busby, Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region and the Children's Health Foundation of Saskatchewan - The Building Blocks of Early Intervention, ReginaBourassa & Associates - Level 4 Orthopaedic Syllabus course, Saskatoon
CPTE has been very successful in achieving a number of educational grants over the past year. Educational grants assist in the financial stability of CPTE and help us to keep registration costs down. Successful grants from 2009 - present have included:
1. Saskatchewan Lung Association unrestricted educational grant for Mary Massery course "If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function", April 2009.
2. Collaboration with Continuing Professional Learning, College of Medicine, U of S for unrestricted educational grant from SGI for the Interdisciplinary Headache conference (June 2009).
3. Partnership with the School of Physical Therapy for Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation "Research Connections" Grant, University of Saskatchewan Visiting Lecturer Grant, Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists unrestricted educational grant, College of Medicine Visiting Lecturer Grant and University of Saskatchewan Conference Fund Grant for "Research for the Future - Moving Physical Therapy Forward" and keynote speech by Dr. Michel Landry (October 2009).
4. Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan educational grant for "The Building Blocks of Early Intervention" (March 2010).
5. Pfizer unrestricted educational grants for Pelvi-Perineal Rehabilitation course (January 2009) and Advanced Pelvi-Perineal Rehabilitation course (May 2010).
6. Collaboration with Continuing Professional Learning and Continuing Nursing Education, U of S for an Interprofessional Health Collaborative of Saskatchewan grant for the "Interprofessional Management of Diabetes and its Complications" conference and research on the effects of the conference (September 2010).
7. Partnership with the School of Physical Therapy for College of Medicine Visiting Lecturer grant for Dr. Carol Davis, keynote speaker for"Research for the Future - Moving Physical Therapy Forward 2010" and Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists unrestricted educational grant for this event.
The Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association, on behalf of the Continuing Physical Therapy Education Program, has established an Award of Merit, to be awarded annually to a Saskatchewan physical therapist who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment of time, energy and effort to promote continuing education for the physiotherapy profession.
This year we are very pleased to recognize the team of Ken Redl and Julie Palmer-Redl for the 2010 CPTE Award of Merit. Stacey Lovo Grona, Program Director for CPTE (L in photo) presented the award to Ken & Julie, who have both demonstrated the principle of lifelong learning in their careers.
Julie Palmer-Redl graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984; Ken Redl in 1985. They have worked in the communities of Saskatoon, Yorkton, Thunder Bay, North Battleford, and The Pas. Julie has worked in several public health care areas of therapy, with experience in respiratory, neurology, and orthopaedics. While working in the public sector, Julie took every course that was ever offered, and attended every in-service that was offered. Ken has experience in sports therapy, respiratory, and orthopaedics of all kinds and also engaged in courses to enhance his skills as a physiotherapist. Often they will attend courses together. They moved back to Yorkton and set up Yorkton Physiotherapy in 1994 and their continuing education continued.
Since the creation of CPTE in 1996, Ken and Julie have been regular participants, often taking several courses every year. As a result they have animpressive list of courses from CPTE alone. In recent years, their continuing education has expanded to include courses in accounting and other topics related to managing a private practice. As Julie put it "a couple of courses every year for 25 years adds up to a lot of courses".
Ken and Julie are very supportive of their staff in the areas of continuing education. Physiotherapists and kinesiologists alike benefit from financial support for continued learning. In addition to pursuing continuing learning opportunities throughout their careers, Ken and Julie foster a learning environment in their clinic that involves both encouragement and financial support for their staff to attend continuing education events. For example, staff pursuing their Part A exam certificate are invited to work as a group to ensure success (both Ken and Julie completed successfully on the first try in 2003).
In December 2009 Ken and Julie agreed to host Murray MacHutchon's thoracic and pelvic outlet course at the Yorkton Physiotherapy Clinic. Although CPTE did the course-specific organization, Ken and Julie allocated a staff member to do the site arrangements. This was an excellent opportunity for all of the Physical Therapists in the area to attend continuing education locally.
Colleague Marilyn Debnam states that, "If you happen to see Ken and Julie's familiar faces, congratulate them for their part in promoting the profession through knowledge acquisition. They are an easy couple to find on a course ---- Julie is the one staying late and asking questions, Ken is the one arranging supper plans with the instructor!"
Congratulations Ken and Julie - our CPTE Award of Merit recipients for 2010!
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