Special Interest Groups

embers of the Academy formed seven areas of focused interest. Each special interest group (SIG) has its own governance, activities, and annual programming. The SIGs are each supported in part by funds from the APTA Academy of Education and are included in Academy of Education dues.

If you are an APTA Academy of Education member and would like to join a SIG, select it from the drop-down menu for Special Interest Groups found in your profile in your Member Compass

The AFSIG serves as a forum for sharing and exchanging information about faculty matters and as an advocacy group for academic faculty in addressing issues of concern in physical therapy education.The AFSIG has generated excitement among academic faculty from different content backgrounds to come together over issues of teaching, scholarship and service.


The AESIG serves as a forum for those teaching anatomy in physical therapy (PT and PTA) educational programs. We seek to foster awareness of best practices in anatomy education, and to provide anatomy educators with tools to enhance their work. Developing relationships with others teaching anatomy content can provide mentorship to novice faculty, promote research collaboration, and facilitate exchange of ideas. We strive to increase awareness of available resources, and active involvement in the Academy and other anatomy related professional associations.

The CESIG serves as a resource and forum for individuals who have a professional concern for the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of clinical education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The CESIG has created a significant and lasting relationship between members of academic programs and clinical facilities in addressing needs of clinical education from both of these perspectives.


The PTAESIG serves as a resource and forum for individuals who have an interest in physical therapist assistant education. The PTAESIG provides a vehicle for increasing and improving the communication among educators in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) programs. Through this increased communication, the PTAESIG has promoted continuing education for PTA faculty in areas pertinent to their teaching responsibilities.


The Residency/Fellowship Education Special Interest Group of the APTA Academy of Education provides a forum where residency/fellowship faculty including program directors, coordinators and mentors promote excellence in residency education by providing collaborative opportunities for educational research, exploring opportunities for curricular development, enhancing resident clinical reasoning skills and discussing resources available for assessment in residency education.


The Scholarship of Education Special Interest Group of the APTA Academy of Education provides a forum where both academic and clinical educators will promote and enhance the quality of educational scholarship in physical therapist education. The SIG seeks to foster the development of educational researchers and facilitate collaboration and translation of research to educational practice.

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The Interprofessional Education and Practice Special Interest Group shall serve as a resource and forum for members of the Academy who value and champion interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice (IPCP) in all facets of the physical therapy profession.