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PT professor earns award from national group

Phillip Palmer, associate professor of physical therapy at UNG, received the 2013 President's Award from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) at this year’s Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly, held Oct. 10-12 in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to receiving the award, Dr. Palmer was elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Federation’s Nominating Committee.

Palmer has a long history of volunteering with the FSBPT in numerous capacities. In 2012, some of his specific contributions included acting as a Continuing Competence reviewer for ProCert and participating as an active member of the FSBPT's Finance Committee.

According to FSBPT, the President's Award "recognizes and honors those individuals who, in the President's opinion, have made significant, outstanding contributions to the Federation in the past year."

Continuing Competence, through online resources and certification programs offered by FSBPT, such as aPTitude and ProCert, ensures physical therapists and physical therapy assistants maintain and document competence. This is achieved through the application of knowledge and skills required to function effectively, safely, ethically and legally within the context of the individual's role, through ongoing self-assessment, development, and implementation of a personal learning plan, and through subsequent reassessment. As a reviewer, Palmer has been instrumental in helping practitioners implement this system.

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