Thanks for your interest in the Physical Therapy Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation. Do you have questions about how the program works? Please consult our frequently asked questions below.

If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us at healthprofs@pdf.org

[+] Applying to the Program

Q. Who is eligible to apply?

A. We welcome applications from faculty members at physical therapy programs in the US and internationally who have the ability to share their new knowledge on Parkinson's disease with physical therapy students.

Q. Do you accept international applicants?

A. Yes, we accept international participants. However, it is important to note that while the program covers the cost of the training (coursework, materials), all participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.

Q. How many spots are offered at the training?

A. Each training is limited to five to six participants.

Q. What is the application deadline for each training?

A. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the application deadline. Because classes are small in size, we recommend applying as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of acceptance.

Q. How do I apply?

A. To apply to our upcoming trainings either in Boston or Portland, applications must be completed online. Our application asks for a CV, a statement of purpose (why you want to attend the program), the names of two professional references and two reference letters. These items must be uploaded at the time you apply in order for the application to be considered completed.

Q. How long will it take to hear back on my applications?

A. You can expect to hear back within four weeks of submitting your application. Applications are rolling until the deadline or until the site reaches capacity.

[+] Attending the Program

Q. How often is the program offered?

A.  PDF launched the program with a pilot course in August 2016. We are hosting two trainings during summer 2017.

Q. What are the goals for physical therapy educators completing the program?

A. Participants can expect to gain new knowledge, clarification of information and a new sense of confidence in their understanding of Parkinson’s disease symptomatology, clinical issues, pharmacological, non-pharmacological and surgical treatments, current research and most importantly, the role of the PT in caring for the person with Parkinson’s disease and his or her family. Participants are prepared and expected to become the local expert/leader on Parkinson’s disease in their institution and community. Many physical therapy faculty find that they can enhance their scholarship by way of new research ideas and collaboration on projects. Participants will develop a long lasting relationship with the local Parkinson’s experts at the movement disorder center where they study.

Q. What is included in the curriculum of the program?

A. The program model is “train the trainer.” The program includes didactic and clinical hours as well as independent study and project time. Participants fulfill the didactic and clinical component by participating in the four-day course on-site at a leading movement disorder center. The independent project is of each participant’s choosing and is mentored as needed by site faculty and leaders of the Physical Therapy Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation.

Q. How many credits will I earn by completing the program?

A. This course will be approved by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and will be offering 39 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs). Please contact healthprofs@pdf.org for additional details regarding CCUs. Please note: once participants begin the program, they are required to fully complete the program within six months to obtain their $2,000 stipend and CCUs. 

Q. Who leads the didactic component of program?

A. Each training is led by host site faculty members, all of whom are experts in Parkinson’s. They represent multi-disciplinary teams and are affiliated with large, academic Parkinson’s disease and movement disorder centers. Each site has a host coordinator of the Physical Therapy Faculty Program at PDF who will work closely with participants. The host coordinators have decades of experience working in Parkinson’s and in providing educational experiences for other physical therapists.

Q. Are participants responsible for expenses of the program?

A. For all those selected to attend, training expenses (materials, etc.) will be covered. However, we do require a $200 deposit. The deposit will hold a space for you in the program and you will be reimbursed after the coursework. No refunds will be given if a cancellation is made less than 45 days of the program. Participants are responsible for any travel or lodgings costs incurred to attend.

Q. What is the independent project?

A. The independent project is a study of the participant’s choosing. The work is the opportunity to engage in self-directed learning and add depth to one's understanding of PD. Examples of independent projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Course content development
  • Lecture development
  • Initiating a patient-centered group (exercise or support group)
  • Research project
  • Care plan development
  • Patient advocacy
  • Review articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Curriculum review

PT faculty are encouraged to engage in a project that interests them, contributes to their professional development and advances the fields of physical therapy research and care in Parkinson’s disease.

Q. When will I receive my $2,000 Stipend for the independent project?

A. You will receive your payment upon completion and acceptance of your independent project. Stipends are typically mailed approximately six months after the coursework is completed. The check will be mailed to you from the Parkinson’s Foundation.

[+] Opportunities for Alumni

Q. Do physical therapy faculty connect after the training?

A. Yes, participants become part of an innovative network of peer PT educators who are working with the Parkinson's Foundation to advance research, care and physical therapy education.

Q. How are annual awardees chosen?

A. Consideration is based on the independent project and continued involvement in Parkinson’s disease in the community or within the alumni’s affiliated PT school. The awardee receives an award and monetary stipend.