Thanks for Participating in the #DPTSTUDENT Chat
The Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in the #DPTSTUDENT chat on March 12 to learn more about the Foundation and how to get involved.
There were many great questions raised and you will find a summary of those below with the appropriate answers to each.
If you would like more information on fundraising for the Foundation please contact Erica Sadiq at firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information on the Foundation’s funding opportunities contact Rachael Crockett at email@example.com
Click here to view the recording from last night’s live chat
1. What is the best way for a new student to become more involved with the Foundation?
There are currently two student-led fundraising efforts managed through the Foundation – the Marquette Challenge and the Log ‘N Blog. New students are encouraged to start a fundraiser at their school to participate in the Challenge or form a team for their program and be a part of the Log ‘N Blog.
Students may also become involved with the Foundation by becoming a member of the Foundation’s Project Committee.
2. Examples of fundraisers that students can host for the Foundation:
Silent auction, gala, continuing education course, 5K, golf tournament, bake sale, dodge ball tournament, polar plunge
3. How is the Foundation reaching out to clinics and practicing PTs to get them involved in the Foundation?
The Foundation actively disseminates information to all APTA members encouraging their involvement with the Foundation in a variety of ways.
4. How important is the Foundation to a student interested in research?
The Foundation is the only national nonprofit that funds physical therapy research. The Foundation provides seed funding which has allowed many researchers to advance their careers.
The Foundation has awarded more than $13 million to launch and fund the careers of over 500 physical therapist researchers.
- The FPT has awarded 349 scholarships, 18 fellowships, and 451 grants over the last 35 years.
- FPT researchers have leveraged their Foundation funding to secure an estimated $595 million in research support from various funding sources.
- FPT awards approximately 20 grants/scholarships/fellowships each year. $363,000 in funding was awarded in 2013.
Meet some of our researchers
5. How has the Foundation advanced the profession of PT recently?
In 2013 the Foundation launched the most aggressive campaign in our history to fund a Center of Excellence (COE) for Health Services/Health Policy Research. We gathered broad support from the profession and raised $3 million to fund the COE, dedicated to training physical therapists in health services research. In addition, the COE campaign will make it possible for the Foundation to begin offering health service awards in addition to clinical research funding. The tremendous support for this initiative will put us on the road to changing the face of physical therapy, securing our place in the future of healthcare, and dramatically improving the quality of care provided to our patients.
6. What can the Foundation do for students?
The Foundation makes evidence-based resources available to students and provides funding opportunities for PTs and PTAs who are pursuing a career in the research field. Read more here.
7. What fundraisers have been successful for the Foundation?
The Illinois Physical Therapy Association’s Student Special Interest Group held their first banquet in 2013 to raise funds for the Foundation through the Challenge. This event raised almost $7,000. More information is available here.
University of Pittsburgh – continuing education courses
Washington University – Run for Research
Mayo School of Health Sciences – 5k/10k
8. What areas of practice/specialty are most grants awarded for?
Clinical relevance is most important and grants can be awarded for any project that evaluates the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions within any discipline but commonly funded areas include pediatrics, orthopaedics, and neurology.
9. Are the research grants awarded yearly at one time?
$40,000 research grants and $5,000 Florence P. Kendall Scholarships for 1st year PhD students have a mid-August application deadline and are awarded each December. New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiatives (NIFTIs) & PODS Scholarships ($7,500 and $15,000 scholarships for those past the first year of their PhD studies) have a mid-January application deadline and are awarded each June. Special funding opportunities may be available at other times during the year. Check out the Foundation’s funding opportunities page here to learn more about each specific funding opportunity.
10. How much money would you say is raised by students each year for the Foundation?
Between $200,000-$250,000 is raised by students each year for the Foundation.
Students have raised $2.5 million for physical therapy research over the last 25 years by participating in the annual Marquette Challenge.
11. What are the goals for this year’s Foundation for Physical Therapy Project Committee?
- Create a database of fundraisers held by programs across the country;
- Further the mission of the Foundation by educating students on what the Foundation brings to the profession;
- Reach out to programs that have not participated in the Marquette Challenge;
- Promote the Log ‘N Blog and create a video which can be used to encourage other participants.
12. Which schools are currently on THE LIST for this year’s Challenge?
Over 80 programs are currently on THE LIST. Click here to see which schools have already donated or pledged. We hope to top the total amount raised last year which was $222,008.
The deadline for all contributions is April 21!
13. Does the Foundation do anything directly related to advocacy other than helping to support evidence-based practice?
The Foundation works closely with APTA who does a lot of advocacy work for PTs but the Foundation focuses more on funding clinically relevant research.
If you have questions reach out to the Student Assembly, the Foundation’s Project Committee or the Foundation.
Be excited about the profession and get involved with the Challenge or Log ‘N Blog!
Use the research that is available to you!
Appreciate your faculty!