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CALL FOR 2019 AWARD NOMINATIONS 

Do you know someone who should be recognized for their leadership, dedication and triumphs in physical therapy?

The IPTA gives several awards that recognize clinicians, educators, and leaders for their exceptional work in the physical therapy profession. Read more about the award categories, qualifications, and submission process for the 2019 IPTA Awards.

Nominations for awards are being accepted December 1, 2018 through January 30, 2019. Those selected by the Awards Committee and the IPTA Board of Directors will be honored during the Honors and Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 6th, 2019 as part of the 2019 REVITALIZE Conference that will be held at the Q Center in St. Charles, IL (April 6, 2019).

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS:  The following should be collected, scanned into one PDF file and e-mailed to Sharon Meyerhoff at smeyerhoff@ipta.org by 11:59 pm Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

  • COVER PAGE
    • Award Category
    • Name of Nominee
    • Nominee Contact Info (E-mail address, phone number)
    • Name of Member Submitting Nomination & Contact Info (E-mail address, phone number)
  • 3 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
    • Should address Award's criteria
  • NOMINEE'S CURRICULUM VITAE (Optional; Highly Recommended)
    • Include Association activities

 


IPTA AWARDS & CRITERIA


Babette Sanders Leadership & Service Award 

To honor and recognize a physical therapist who has demonstrated, over time, an exceptional level of support and dedication to physical therapy through his or her support and/or roles in the national (including Sections) and/or state association.

Eligibility: Current IPTA member; for at least 5 years

Minimum Criteria: Candidate has made exceptional contribution to the association in a multitude of elected or appointed positions at the chapter or national level of the association over time.


Physical Therapist of the Year

To honor and recognize a physical therapist who, in the past year, has made significant contributions and demonstrated commitment toward the betterment of the profession in the areas of practice, public relations, legislation, education or membership.       

Eligibility: Physical Therapist, current IPTA member; for at least 3 years.

Minimum criteria: Candidate has made exceptional contribution to the association in an elected or appointed position at the district, chapter or national level of the association this past year.


Physical Therapist Assistant of the Year

To honor and recognize a physical therapist assistant who, in the past year, has made significant contributions and demonstrated commitment toward the betterment of the profession in the areas of practice, public relations, legislation, education or membership.       


Eligibility: Physical Therapist Assistant, current IPTA member; for at least 3 years.

Minimum criteria: Candidate has made exceptional contribution to the association in an elected or appointed position at the district, chapter or national level of the association this past year.


Emerging Leader

To honor and recognize a physical therapist who is developing leadership skills through participation in the association at the district, chapter or national level.

Eligibility: Current IPTA member; for at least 3 years

Minimum Criteria: Candidate has taken steps toward a leadership role in the association based on participation in district, chapter or national activities.


Clinical Educator of the Year

To honor and recognize a clinical educator of physical therapy who has who consistently demonstrated significant contributions to the quality of clinical education. 

Eligibility: Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant, current IPTA membership and IPTA membership for at least 3 years total.

Minimum Criteria: Candidate is well known by physical therapy educators for their commitment to quality clinical education and for having had active roles in advancing clinical education through clinical education related service in their home institution, in the IPTA or throughout the state of Illinois..


John Maselter Friend of Physical Therapy Award

To acknowledge and honor an individual who has substantially supported the betterment of the practice of physical therapy in Illinois.

Eligibility: Non-PT/PTA individual, or PT/PTA practicing another profession, i.e. administrator, educator, researcher, legislator, lobbyist, etc.

Minimum Criteria: Candidate is well known in Illinois for fostering quality physical therapy for the benefit of all, sharing expertise and/or communicating information on behalf of physical therapy with other health care professionals. The contribution provided by the individual may apply to clinical practice, administration, research, education or legislation as they relate to physical therapy.


Outstanding Student Awards

To acknowledge and honor outstanding physical therapy students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution in the nation and or state association, and are nearing the completion of their respective program of study.

Eligibility: Current IPTA student member in one of the following phases of their educational program:

  1. Physical therapist assistant education program students must be enrolled in the final year of study.  Each academic institution must determine the minimum number of credit hours required for final year status.
  2. Physical therapist professional education program students, must be within 12 months of completing all requirements for graduation from entry-level program. 
Minimum Criteria: Recipients will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: 1. Superior scholastic performance 2. Past productivity/service to the state and/or national association 3. Evidence of potential contribution to physical therapy.

Outstanding Physical Therapist Clinician Award

To recognize a physical therapist clinician who has engaged in exemplary clinical practice for a minimum of 8 years. Recipients of this award embody and demonstrate a commitment to the practice of physical therapy as a caring profession.

Eligibility: Physical Therapist who is a current IPTA member; for at least 3 years; and has been actively engaged in clinical practice for at least 8 years.

Minimum Criteria: Candidate has provided clinical services that are evidence based, patient-centered and that demonstrate a consistent attention to the measurement of outcomes. Candidate has had an impact on other physical therapists in a manner that has significantly increased their abilities to practice physical therapy. Candidate has contributed to the overall and widespread development of physical therapy as a caring profession. Candidate has advanced the practice of physical therapy through demonstrated contributions to the association.

Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Clinician Award

To recognize a physical therapist assistant clinician who has engaged in exemplary clinical service delivery for a minimum of 8 years. Recipients of this award embody and demonstrate a commitment to providing clinical services that demonstrate commitment to physical therapy as a caring profession.

Eligibility: Physical Therapist Assistant who is a current IPTA member; for at least 3 years; and has been actively engaged in clinical practice for at least 8 years.

Minimum Criteria: Candidate has provided caring, high quality clinical services. Candidate has had an impact on other physical therapist assistants in a manner that has significantly increased their abilities to provide clinical services. Candidate has contributed to the overall and widespread development of physical therapy as a caring profession. Candidate has advanced the practice of physical therapist assistants through demonstrated contributions to the association.

Outstanding Academic Educator Award

To recognize a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who has demonstrated excellence as a faculty member in preparation of entry level physical therapist students or entry level physical therapist assistant students.

Eligibility: Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant who is a current IPTA member; for at least 3 years; and has been actively engaged in teaching physical therapist students or physical therapist assistant students in entry level education for at least 5 years. Candidate has an academic appointment in an accredited physical therapist education or physical therapist assistant program.

Minimum Criteria: Candidate has exceptional teaching effectiveness in the academic setting. Excellence as a role model for academic teaching for students, faculty, and clinicians. Candidate upholds and reinforces APTA/IPTA positions and guidelines through role as a faculty member.

Societal Impact Award

The Societal Impact Award fosters the association’s outward-facing vision and highlights the impact of physical therapy in improving quality of life by recognizing leaders who demonstrate commitment and dedication to addressing issues related to societal welfare. This award specifically recognizes individuals who exemplify the compassionate nature of the physical therapy profession by exhibiting a distinguished commitment toward philanthropic initiatives, raising public awareness on key societal issues, and demonstrating how physical therapy can be applied to address these issues. Award recipients will have demonstrated exemplary leadership and volunteerism. Recognized members will inspire their physical therapy colleagues, their patients and clients, and their communities.

Eligibility: Physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, physical therapist student,physical therapist assistant student or a combination of these. Nominations can be for an individual or a group.

Minimum Criteria: Member efforts should be of exceptional value while meeting the following criteria:

  1. Increasing social awareness and improving societal welfare: These are activities initiated by physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and/or students of physical therapy working alone or in association with others to address and positively impact societal welfare.
  2. Leadership and volunteerism: Contributions can be demonstrated through leadership, influence, service, or achievements and sustained efforts to improve the societal welfare over a period of at least one (1) year preceding nomination for the award.
  3. Philanthropic initiatives and advancement of physical therapy: These are activities of a high moral caliber and charitable nature.

For more information on past award recipients, click here.


. updated 11.6.18


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