MPTA has a rich tradition of honoring members in service to the organization and outstanding achievement in physical therapy. These awards are for accomplishments in education, practice and service, publications, research, and academic excellence. Award recipients are recognized at the Annual Awards Banquent held in October of each year.

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Purpose:

This award has been established to honor Michigan Chapter members who have provided outstanding service for physical therapy in Michigan.

Eligibility:

Any member of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association in good standing.

Criteria for Selection:

1. The recipient shall have made outstanding contributions to the field of physical therapy in one or more of the following areas:

A. The Profession of Physical Therapy

  • Education
    • Teaching in any of the following areas: academic, clinical in-service, continuing education
    • Development and implementation of teaching methods
    • Administration of a physical therapy program or a physical therapist assistant program
  • Clinical Research
    • Development of treatment interventions
    • Development of examination or evaluation methods and forms
    • Publication or dissemination of research results
  • Service
    • Patient care: direct, consultative, administrative, or educational
    • Professional health organizations; for example, the Michigan Public Health Association

B. The American Physical Therapy Association or its components

  • Promotion of the organization and its goals
  • Chapter or national elected offices
  • Chapter or national committee memberships or task forces

C. The Community

  • Service, organizations or facilities
  • Local, state or federal government on an elected or voluntary basis

2. Documentation in the support statement(s) should assist the committee in distinguishing exceptionally valuable contributor(s) from those persons who have provided long and continuous service for physical therapy in Michigan.

3. Documentation in the support statement(s) should describe the outstanding contributions(s) and the impact the contribution(s) has had on the profession of physical therapy in Michigan.

4.  A curriculum vitae is helpful if available

5. All supporting documentation must be included with the nomination.

Nomination Procedure:
  1. A nomination form and criteria will be made available to the membership each year.
  2. Nominees must be recommended for the award by a MPTA member.
  3. Nominations must be submitted to the MPTA office and be received by August 1 via email or mail at:

    Michigan Physical Therapy Association
    1055 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 205, Alexandria, VA 22314
    mpta@mpta.com

  4. Nominations must include:
  • Name, address, and telephone number of nominee
  • Present employment of nominee
  • Biographical data – Can be in the form of a CV
  • Statement containing documentation of contributions and their impact on physical therapy in Michigan which qualifies the nominee for this award
  • Signature of nominator
  • Date
  1. Individuals nominated and not selected may be reconsidered in a subsequent year if they are re-nominated with current information submitted.
  2. Individuals may be granted this award more than one time only if the "outstanding" contribution(s) are subsequent to the initial granting of the award.
Selection and Award:
  1. Nominations will be reviewed by the awards committee
  2. The Awards Committee will submit a final recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval.
  3. The award will be made on the basis of merit alone and the decision of the committee will be based on the documentation received in the nomination(s).
  4. No more than one award will be granted yearly. This award will be granted only if nominees with contributions of truly outstanding character are submitted. Therefore the award need not be given every year.

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Purpose 

To acknowledge and honor an individual who has distinguished himself/ herself for their individual leadership advocating for the Chapter's legislative initiatives on behalf of our patients, our professional or our association as exemplified in the professional career of the late Jane Murdock, PT  (1951-2008).

Jane Eileen Ross Murdock, PT was a long time MPTA and APTA member who served our association in many leadership roles over 3 decades.  Jane's colleagues and patients truly enjoyed working with her; her excellent clinical skills were matched by her legislative knowledge, political savvy and passion to promote physical therapy to the Michigan Legislature.

Criteria

The nominee must demonstrate and ongoing commitment and engagement in advocacy activities aimed at achieving the Chapter's Mission and Vision.

  • The nominee's legislative activities may include local, state or federal involvement as long as that involvement is not in conflict with the Mission or Vision of the MPTA.  The MPTA Awards committee shall determine if the nominee's activities meet these criteria. 
  • The nominee's legislative activities may include promoting individuals or other organizations that support the Mission and Vision of the MPTA.  The MPTA Awards Committee shall determine if the nominee's activities meet these criteria.
Nomination Procedure:
  1. A nomination form and criteria will be made available to the membership each year.
  2. Nominations must be submitted to the MPTA Office and be received by August 1 via email or mail at:

    Michigan Physical Therapy Association
    1055 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 205
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    mpta@mpta.com

  3. Nominations must include:
  • Name, address, and telephone number of nominee
  • Present employment of nominee
  • Statement containing documentation of legislative contributions and their impact on physical therapy in Michigan which qualifies the nominee for this award
  • Signature of nominator
  • Date
  1. Individuals nominated and not selected may be reconsidered in a subsequent year if they are re-nominated with current information submitted.

 

Selection and Award:

  1. Nominations will be reviewed by the MPTA Awards Committee.
  2. The winner will be announced and the award presented at the annual MPTA Fall Conference by the MPTA President.
The award will consist of a plaque.
 

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Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

This award has been established to honor a Michigan Physical Therapist Assistant member who has provided outstanding service for physical therapy in the State of Michigan. The nominee must be an active member of the Association.

Nomination Procedure:
  1. A nomination form and criteria will be made available to the membership each year.
  2. Nominees must be recommended for the award by a MPTA member.
  3. Nominations must be submitted to the MPTA Office and be received by August 1 via email or mail at:

    Michigan Physical Therapy Association
    1055 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 205
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    mpta@mpta.com

  4. Nominations must include:
    • Name, address, and telephone number of nominee
    • Present employment of nominee
    • Biographical data – Can be in the form of a CV
    • Statement containing documentation of contributions and their impact on physical therapy in Michigan which qualifies the nominee for this award
    • Signature of nominator
    • Date
  1. Individuals nominated and not selected may be reconsidered in a subsequent year if they are re-nominated with current information submitted.
  2. Individuals may be granted this award more than one time only if the "outstanding" contribution(s) are subsequent to the initial granting of the award.
Selection and Award:
  1. Nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee.
  2. The Awards Committee will submit a final recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval.
  3. The award will be made on the basis of merit alone and the decision of the committee will be based on the documentation received in the nomination(s).
  4. No more than one award will be granted yearly. This award will be granted only if nominees with contributions of truly outstanding character are submitted. Therefore the award need not be given every year.
  5. The award will be presented at the annual MPTA Fall Conference by the association President.
  6. The award will consist of a plaque.
 

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Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

This award has been established to honor a person who is not part of the physical therapy profession who has provided outstanding service to the physical therapy profession and whose contribution has been of exceptional and enduring value in education, clinical research, direct patient service and/or community service.

Nomination Procedure:
  1. A nomination form and criteria will be made available to the membership each year.
  2. Nominees must be recommended for the award by a MPTA member.
  3. Nominations must be submitted to the MPTA Office and be received by August 1 via email or mail at:

    Michigan Physical Therapy Association
    1055 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 205
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Mpta@mpta.com

  4. Nominations must include:
    • Name, address, and telephone number of nominee
    • Present employment of nominee
    • Biographical data
    • Statement containing documentation of contributions and their impact on physical therapy in Michigan which qualifies the nominee for this award
    • Signature of nominator
    • Date
  5. Individuals nominated and not selected may be reconsidered in a subsequent year if they are re-nominated with current information submitted.
  6. Individuals may be granted this award more than one time only if the "outstanding" contribution(s) are subsequent to the initial granting of the award.
Selection and Award:
  1. Nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee.
  2. The Awards Committee will submit a final recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval.
  3. The award will be made on the basis of merit alone and the decision of the committee will be based on the documentation received in the nomination(s).
  4. No more than one award will be granted yearly. This award will be granted only if nominees with contributions of truly outstanding character are submitted. Therefore the award need not be given every year.
  5. The award will be presented at the annual MPTA Fall Conference by the association President.
  6. The award will consist of a plaque.
 
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MPTA is excited to announce the creation of three NEW awards that recognize outstanding clinicians in the field of physical therapy!

These awards will recognize the dedication, professionalism, and achievements of Michigan physical therapist and physical therapist assistants in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Clinician PT Award
    Outstanding Clinician PTA Award
    Outstanding Clinician PT/PTA Team Award
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These awards are intended for students who: are in the final year of their professional, curriculum, have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2, are a member of the APTA/MPTA, have demonstrated "outstanding" participation in academic, professional and related community activities.

Each academic program may nominate one student. 

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Purpose:

This award is given at the President's discretion to recognize outstanding service by a member of MPTA. There is no nomination form for this award.

MPTA Special Interest Group for Clinical Education

Purpose:

To acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to physical therapy clinical education through excellence in coordination of clinical teaching.

Eligibility:

Nominees must be a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) who has been actively engaged in the coordination of clinical education for at least 2 years.    Nominees must be a Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE) that affiliates with a Michigan PT or PTA education program.    Nominees must supervise clinical instructors who work directly with students from accredited PT or PTA programs.  PT/PTA recipients of the award must be members of the MPTA/APTA.

Procedure for Nomination:

Any PT or PTA who has knowledge of the CCCE's abilities to coordinate clinical education activities and supervise and teach clinical instructors may submit nominations for the award. The nomination form is attached as a separate document to this e-mail.  Please send the completed nomination form and the required supporting documents to Beth Black, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Oakland University.

The deadline for the receipt of the nomination form and the supporting documents is July 1.

Criteria for Selection:

Evidence of the nominee's exceptional abilities as a CCCE, as outlined above, and the nominee's excellence as a role model in clinical education.

Presentation of the Award:

The award, in the form of a plaque, will be presented to the awardee(s) at the MPTA Annual Conference Awards Ceremony. Recipients will be recognized in "Shorelines".

 

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The Cindy Kincaid Outstanding CI Award provides recognition and encouragement to clinical instructors who have demonstrated exceptional skills in teaching, communication, interpersonal relationships, professional competence, mentoring, modeling, and professionalism.

The nominated PT or PTA must have supervised a full time student, be licensed in Michigan and be an APTA/MPTA member. The nomination must be initiated by a student in their final year of a PT or PTA program; forms are available by contacting the ACE/DCE of the student's academic program or on the MPTA website under Resources/Awards. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the ACE/DCE by June 15, 2015.

Nominations will be reviewed by the Award committee and the award decision will be made on the basis of merit.

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MPTA Institute for Education and Research

Purpose:

The Richard E. Darnell Award was developed to acknowledge significant contributions in the area of research.

Criteria for Selection:
  1. The awardee must be an active member of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association.
  2. The awardee must have an established record of support for clinical research.
  3. The awardee must have served as a resource and/or consultant to others on clinical research methodology.
  4. The awardee must have contributed to the dissemination of information on how to conduct clinical research.
  5. The awardee must have an established record of published clinical research.
Nomination Procedure:
  1. Complete form on page 2 of the application and submit to the MPTA Office by August 1st via mail or email:

    Michigan Physical Therapy Association
    1055 North Fairfax Drive - Suite 205
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    mpta@mpta.com

  2. Nominations must include:
    • Name, address, telephone number, e-mail, and APTA/MPTA membership number of nominee
    • Present employment of nominee
    • Biographical data
    • Statement containing documentation of contributions and their impact on physical therapy in Michigan which qualifies the nominee for this award
    • Signature of nominator
    • Date
Selection and Award:
  • One award will be presented on an annual basis.
  • The award will be presented at the annual MPTA Fall Conference by one of the Institute trustees.
The award will consist of a plaque.
 
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Purpose:

The Mabel E. Holton Award was developed to acknowledge achievement in scholarly publication in the field of physical therapy.

Criteria for Selection:
  1. The scholarly work must be a recent publication completed by a Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), or PT/PTA student who is a member of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association.
  2. The work must be directed toward understanding the art or science of Physical Therapy practice problems.
Nomination Procedure:
  1. Complete form on page 2 of the application and submit to the MPTA Office by August 1st via mail or email:

    Michigan Physical Therapy Association
    1055 North Fairfax Drive - Suite 205
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    mpta@mpta.com

  2. Nominations must include:
  • Name, address, telephone number, e-mail, and APTA/MPTA membership number of nominee
  • Present employment of nominee
  • Biographical data
  • Statement containing documentation of contributions and their impact on physical therapy in Michigan which qualifies the nominee for this award
  • One copy of the scholarly work
  • Signature of nominator
  • Date
Selection and Award:
  • One award will be presented on an annual basis.
  • The award will be presented at the annual MPTA Fall Conference by one of the Institute trustees.
The award is given to the scholarly work. The primary author will receive a plaque, and secondary authors will receive certificates.
 

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Purpose:

This scholarship is intended to reward and encourage physical therapy (PT) students who are already showing promise as practical clinicians.  Students who have completed two full years of their DPT program, including their clinical education experiences, are eligible to receive these scholarships.  One scholarship will be awarded in each academic year to a third-year student at each Michigan school with a PT program.  Winners of these scholarships will be paid a stipend of $2,000 which will be distributed in one payment at the MPTA Fall Conference of the student's third (or final) year in PT school.  The MPTA Institute for Education and Research will provide the winners of the scholarships with their checks at the MPTA Fall Conference Awards Dinner.

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