Bill Mannewitz, PT
Continuing education plays a crucial part in our ability to treat patients under the expectations of best and evidence-based practice. I’m excited that RehabVisions, as a company, is committed to providing opportunities for Continuing Education and to tapping into the expertise of our own therapy family.
Our philosophy parallels that of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). “Anecdotally the importance of continuing competence is clear. Ask consumers if they think the ongoing competence of their health care providers is important, and undoubtedly they will respond with a vehement ‘yes.’” There exists a strong tie between continuing competence and our abilities to further our education and understanding through continuing education. In the third report of the Pew Health Professions Commission, titled “Critical Challenges: Revitalizing the Health Professions for the Twenty‐First Century”, another powerful statement was made about the need for professions to embrace continuing competence: “The skills, competencies and values for a successful lifetime of professional practice cannot be learned in a single educational encounter. Rather, the health professions must recapture the tradition of a continuing commitment to learning. The rate of change in the health care system makes this commitment imperative for the practitioner and society alike. This commitment must transcend passive, continuing professional education and move towards clear standards of continuing competence.”
In two weeks we will embark on our largest course yet as we gather 45 clinicians to study the Shoulder in Des Moines, Iowa. Later this year we hope to present a course on Vestibular Disorders and another course in Lymphedema. I have participated with several of our employees in RehabVisions-sponsored courses over the past three years and am excited to do so as we continue to develop a strong educational program within this company. At RehabVisions, our core values of Excellence and Commitment depend on this continued competence and education.