How to be the ‘best physical therapist in the world’
Physical therapy is a profession that has seen its fair share of ups and downs over the years, but one that has always maintained its competitive edge over the rest of the field.
As we continue to expand our physical therapy industry, it is important to take stock of what has and has not been a successful season.
In this article, we look at some of the biggest physical therapy successes of the past decade.1.
In 2004, the U.S. National Physical Therapy Association (NPTAA) was founded, and in 2007, it became the National Association of Physical Therapy Educators (NASPE).
Since then, NASPE has grown to be a national association of more than 20,000 physical therapists with over 1,400 chapters across the country.NASPE’s membership has grown in leaps and bounds over the last decade.
Since 2007, NASPOA has grown from 4,000 members to over 40,000.
NASPOAs membership has doubled over the past three years and now reaches nearly 100,000 active members.NASPOA’s membership continues to grow year after year.
NASPE members are increasingly becoming certified and have even become certified as podiatrists.
In 2016, NASPTA certified more than 40,400 physical therapists.2.
In 2008, the NASPA awarded a gold medal to Dr. Paul J. Fassett for the best physical therapist.
Fassett won the NASPO Award for the National Physical Therapist of the Year for 2008.
In addition to his gold medal win, Fassetts performance earned him a Silver Medal at the 2008 NASPO Association Physical Therapy Conference.3.
In 2006, Dr. Steven W. Hsu received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NASPE for the highest professional honor.
Hsu was awarded the Lifetime Award in recognition of his accomplishments in the physical therapy field.
In 2006, Hsu became the first member of NASPO to earn the Lifetime Leadership Award from NASPO.4.
In 2000, the first National Association for Physician-Based Professional Education (NAPPE) was created to promote the profession through educational programs.
The National Association was the first of its kind in the United States.
Since 2000, NASPHE has grown by more than 5,000 membership members.
NASPHEs membership is now more than 30,000 strong.5.
In 2017, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) awarded the first gold medal for an American physician and nurse at the 2017 National Association Council for Physical Therapists (NACPT) Awards ceremony.NIOSH awarded the medal to Daniel E. Varela for his efforts in preventing occupational fatalities and injuries.
In 2018, NAS PHE became the FIRST medical specialty organization to receive a National Occupational Health (NOH) Certification for its Physician and Nurse Physician (PN&NP) program.NOH certification is a certification of excellence in occupational health that can be used by both occupational therapists and health care workers.6.
In 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report that highlighted the lack of evidence that physical therapists are any safer than other types of health care professionals.7.
In 2005, NASPA recognized Dr. J. Scott Taylor for his accomplishments and leadership.
In 2015, NAS POE was the FIRST professional association to award a lifetime achievement award to Drs.
James C. Loeffler, Stephen C. Wiegand, and Daniel W. L. Lott.8.
In 2014, the American Physical Therapy Foundation (APTF) awarded Dr. Andrew J. Hamer, MD, the 2016 National Physician of the Century award for his contributions to physical therapy.9.
In 2003, NASPI, NASPS (now NASPO), and NASPOS launched the National Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy Research Alliance (NPSTRA).
The NPSTRA is the largest peer-reviewed and peer-supported professional journal in the field of physical therapy and the largest and most influential peer-edited peer-review publication in the profession.10.
In 2013, NASPN awarded Dr Robert A. Balsamo, MD for his work in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
In 2012, NAS PI awarded Dr Jeffrey P. Cressman, MD the 2016 Physician Of the Year Award.
In 2014, NASPCA named Dr. Robert Balsamos, MD a Fellow.11.
In 2010, NASPhys awarded the largest annual honor for a physical therapist, the 2015 National Physiology and Medical Imaging Association (NPMIIA) Award for Outstanding Professional Service.12.
In 2007, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) issued the AAP/USC Guide to Physical Therapy: The Best Practices Guide, which was developed to guide physical therapists and physical health care providers in their clinical practice.13.
In 1998, NASPPE established the NAS Physical Therapy Council to help improve the physical therapists professional development,