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PT Moves Me Ambassador Program

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions

Academic Initiative

Groups Served
Collegiate, Pre-Collegiate

Program Website

Contact Information
Gena Priest
ghenderson2@gsu.edu
615-554-3433

Address
20 10th St NW
ATLANTA, GA 30309

Building
Urban Life Building

Campus
Atlanta

Funding

Discipline Specific Society

Overview

The PT Moves Me Ambassador Program is designed to:

Raise awareness of the profession of physical therapy.
Recruit the next generation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
Increase diversity within the applicant pool, and ultimately the profession.

Benefits

Assists students with increasing knowledge of the physical therapy profession, and with successfully applying to physical therapy programs.

Supplemental Materials

Not Applicable

Discipline Focus
Professional

Diversity Group ( Social Identity)
Ability/Disability, First Generation, Foreign born (e.g., undocumented immigrants, non-citizen of the US), Race/Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, Socioeconomic Status

Race/Ethnic Group
Does not provide racial/ethnic minority group specialized programming

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
February 2021

Number Served
0-50

Research Components and Activities

Not Applicable

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

Workshops and presentations to increase knowledge of the profession and how to successfully apply to PT school.

Self-efficacy Emphasis

We aim to increase both knowledge and confidence in PT school applicants that come from traditionally under-represented backgrounds, by creating a sense of belonging within the profession and helping to set them up for success.

Acknowledgement/Affirmation of Identity, Strengths, Needs

We specifically reach out to racial and ethnic minorities, as well as first generation college students, to help them understand their potential contributions to our profession. We then aim to help these individuals be successful in applying to PT school and entering the PT workforce and professional organizations.

Examples of Inclusionary Practices and Activities

Participant Empowerment

Mentoring Components
Not Applicable

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

As a newly developing program, we are still seeking the best practices for this. However, we specifically recruited our student ambassador based on her unique experiences as an alumna of a HBCU that struggled with successfully gaining acceptance to PT school despite her excellent academic qualifications. This student, under the mentorship of our faculty liaison, has taken the lead on our workshops devoted to improving PT school applications; her personal experience has been invaluable as we develop our programming.

Evaluation Methods
Not Applicable

Other: Reporting number of participants reached back to parent organization (American Physical Therapy Association)

Anticipated Participant Outcomes
Not Applicable

Outcome Milestones

None so far – program in development.

Key Performance Indicators

None so far – program in development.

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
February 2021

Number Served
0-50

Research Components and Activities

Not Applicable

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

Workshops and presentations to increase knowledge of the profession and how to successfully apply to PT school.

Please describe how your program addresses self-efficacy (one's beliefs in their own ability to execute behaviors necessary to perform) in its participants?

We aim to increase both knowledge and confidence in PT school applicants that come from traditionally under-represented backgrounds, by creating a sense of belonging within the profession and helping to set them up for success.

How does your program acknowledge or affirm individuals’ different identities, strengths, or needs?

We specifically reach out to racial and ethnic minorities, as well as first generation college students, to help them understand their potential contributions to our profession. We then aim to help these individuals be successful in applying to PT school and entering the PT workforce and professional organizations.

Inclusionary practices/activities utilized in your program:

Participant Empowerment

Mentoring Components
Not Applicable

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

As a newly developing program, we are still seeking the best practices for this. However, we specifically recruited our student ambassador based on her unique experiences as an alumna of a HBCU that struggled with successfully gaining acceptance to PT school despite her excellent academic qualifications. This student, under the mentorship of our faculty liaison, has taken the lead on our workshops devoted to improving PT school applications; her personal experience has been invaluable as we develop our programming.

Evaluation methods are used to substantiate the program’s outcomes:

Not Applicable

Other: Reporting number of participants reached back to parent organization (American Physical Therapy Association)

Anticipated participant outcomes for your program:

Not Applicable