NIFTI-HSR Fellowship Opportunity

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is currently accepting applications for the 2010 New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative in Health Services Research (NIFTI-HSR). This fellowship is designed to fund doctorally-prepared PTs as developing researchers in health services research and improve their competitiveness in securing external funding for their future research through mentored research training experiences. The foundation will award $73,000 over two years in which the sponsoring institution will match for a total award of $146,000. Deadline for applications is January 26, 2010 at noon (ET). For more information and eligibility regarding this fellowship in health services research, please visit the Foundation Web site at

Now or Never? Why You Need to Attend Legislative Impact Day in 2010

It is vital for our profession that we get our spinal manipulation bill heard and passed in 2010. As some of you know, PTWA member Richard Wright/Columbia Physical Therapy’s lawsuit against Benton Franklin Orthopedics regarding physician ownership of physical therapy services will probably be decided by the Washington state Supreme Court in 2010. If Columbia PT wins the lawsuit, PTWA might be forced to shift all of its legislative efforts away from spinal manipulation. This underscores the importance of a strong showing at this year’s Legislative Impact Day.

Last year, the chiropractors scoffed at our lobbyist when they heard we expected 400 people to attend our Legislative Impact Day. After that conversation, the Washington State Chiropractic Association scheduled their legislative day in Olympia on the same day as ours.

Imagine their surprise and frustration when, instead, 650 PTs, PTAs, students and supporters showed up. There were so many of us visiting with our legislators, that the 20 or so chiropractors there that day had a hard time getting in the door.

What would the impact be if we doubled that number?

Legislators love to hear from us. We want every legislator to know the PTs and PTAs in his or her district. Take the day off and come join us in Olympia.

Dr. Elaine Armantrout, PT, DSc, ECS

PTWA Legislative Committee Chair


It is free to attend Physical Therapy Legislative Impact Day. Please sign up online at:

Evidence-In-Motion Lower-Extremity Lab Course Coming to Seattle?

PTWA member Jason Steere, PT, ATC, wants to bring a  lower extremity lab course, offered by Evidence-In-Motion, to Seattle on a weekend in the first half of February 2010. He needs your help. 

Here’s a message from Jason: “I am trying to drum up interest in courses offered by Evidence In Motion in attempts to host them in the Seattle/ Tacoma area. I am not sure if you are familiar with Evidence In Motion, but the faculty consists of some of the most active physical therapists in our profession. Many of them are recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions to education, research, and practice. I would like to bring their courses into the Pacific Northwest. They have told me that if I can get seven or eight people to show interest in the courses, they can commit to a date and go ahead with the marketing. So, my humble request for you is if you have any interest, please let me know. The courses that I would like to have here are weekend intensives that are only 2 days in length and are relatively inexpensive($425). I am attaching a link to the course description of the first course that I would like to have here in early February, the 6 and 7th or 13 and 14th. Take a look and let me know what you think. If you have questions that you cannot find the answers to on the EIM website, let me know and I will find them.

Try the following:

Email if you’re interested.