CPTE administers the national Orthopaedic Syllabus courses in Saskatchewan on behalf of the Saskatchewan Section of the Orthopaedic Division.
The National Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association has developed a syllabus of courses known as the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. The material covered in this series of courses, and the requirements to be an instructor within the system are constantly being revised. This process is twofold. One purpose is to meet the changing needs of the participants within the system and the changing healthcare and educational environment. The other purpose is to meet the standards and requirements of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT), so that the credentials of Canadian orthopaedic physical therapists are recognized internationally.
Although we appreciate that participation in this program is a lengthy process and an expensive one, it does provide an excellent and clearly recognizable credential, accepted world-wide. Your feedback as participants and instructors of these courses is invaluable in assisting in their ongoing development.
For those individuals interested in becoming credentialed as instructors within the National Orthopaedic Syllabus system, new requirements were implemented during the 2009/2010 instructing year. Instructors must now submit a CV and Teaching Dossier along with their Instructor application form and fee. Templates for the CV and Teaching Dossier documents are available on the NOD website at www.orthodiv.org along with the application form for the 2011/12 instructing year. This year, the application form will be an online form, which is due by February 28, 2011. Instructors wishing to be on the Saskatchewan instructing list must also submit a provincial application form to the CPTE office. Please contact Pat Tremaine, PODCR for more information.
Instructor Meetings: An email will be sent to all instructors on the NOD Instructors List, once dates and times have been decided. These Instructor meetings will count toward maintenance of instructor status.
There is an Instructors meeting planned for the CPA conference in Whistler this year. Check the Orthopaedic Division website at www.orthodiv.org for updates and information.
Instructor Courses: The Education Committee will be recommending a course on clinical reasoning that has been developed by Lenerdene Levesque and Erik Thoomes from the Netherlands. Instructors that were on the pilot course felt that it was a very valuable learning tool that will help teach our instructors to bridge the gap between gathering research and implementation into our courses and clinical practice. Part of future IFOMPT requirements includes demonstration of instructor development, and this course or others like it will be a requirement to maintain instructor status. This course will be held again in Ontario in March 2011. The National Orthopaedic Division encourage instructors to support these courses, as they will make a positive influence on teaching styles and further enhance the level of information we are providing to our students.
Instructor guidelines for the Level 1, Level 2 & 3 Upper Quadrant, and Level 2 & 3 Lower Quadrant have been developed and are now available. These guidelines outline some changes to the current curriculum. The guidelines are available on the NOD's education website at http://www.orthodived.ca. If you are on the instructor list and have not received or do not have access to the new Instructor Guidelines, please contact Pat Tremaine at the CPTE office.
We urge all physical therapists who have obtained their Intermediate and / or Advanced Examination credentials to register with the National Orthopaedic Division as a mentor. This can be done online via the website at www.orthodiv.org. A Mentorship Guidelines document is also available for the use of both mentors and those working their way through the syllabus system that are required to complete their mentorship hours.
The Level 1 Exam may be challenged at 4 times throughout the year: March, June, September and December. Information and application forms are available on the Orthopaedic Division website under the Education Committee-General Info heading.
For more information contact Kaely MacMillan by email or call (250) 812-2953.
The National Orthopaedic Division is looking for interested volunteers for this fall's Advanced Practical Exam.Models are pre-screened by examiners for suitability.
If you are interested, please email Kate Gladney for more information.
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