Volunteer with the Academy

Home Study Module Reviewer

Type: Remote / Online

Time Commitment: July-December 2021

Travel Required: No

Paid: No

Please include a description of your expertise areas in the comments.

Join our Home Study Module Review Task Force in charge of reviewing and revising existing home study modules. A Home Study Module is a short, online course (1 hour – 6 hours) that includes a PDF text reading, a multiple-choice quiz and a certificate of completion upon 80% or higher passing score on the quiz. This self-paced learning opportunity is open to PTs, PTAs and SPTs and is a cost-effective way for professionals to achieve contact hours toward CEUs at their own time and introduce them to special topics. We are seeking additional volunteers who have background knowledge in any of the following three topics. 

 

  • Essential Terms and Concepts for Surface Electromyography Biofeedback in Surface Electromyography Instruments (1 More Volunteer Needed) | 29 pages
    • This downloadable home study course is intended to give the practicing physical therapists a working knowledge of surface electromyography (SEMG) instrumentation. Quality treatment of patient with pelvic dysfunction requires a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and many treatment modalities. SEMG is only one part of a complete treatment. However, incomplete knowledge of SEMG can result in poor or incorrect application, interpretation, or treatments. Strong knowledge of instrumentation will enhance the quality of SEMG treatments and patient outcomes. This material will describe basic concepts applicable to all forms of SEMG. It is intended to familiarize the reader with basic SEMG instrumentation concepts. Fundamentals of electronics and definitions of important terms pertaining to components of instrumentation and other components and their effects in the recording environment are presented. The goal is to present the reader with essential terms and enough information to be able to identify noise and artifacts in clinical situations, and, to assist in scrutinizing research papers with increased rigor. This module is necessary to complete the didactic education for the BCIA pelvic muscle dysfunction certificate.
  • Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Chronic Pelvic Pain (2 volunteers) | 95 pages
    • This downloadable course module provides a comprehensive introduction to physical therapy management of patients with chronic pelvic pain (CPP). This self-study module provides an overview of the pathology of CPP and common examination and intervention strategies for the management of these patients. The most recent evidence is presented along with “clinical pearls” based on the authors’ clinical experiences. Patient cases and a brief assessment are provided to facilitate application of the material to clinical practice
  • Physical Therapy in Obstetrics (2 volunteers) |  26 pages
    • This is a downloadable home study module that aims to assist the practitioner who needs additional information on the basics needed to treat pregnant women. This home study covers anatomy, physiology, examination and treatment. Topics include: contraindications to exercise during pregnancy, examination strategies, Vena Cava syndrome, biomechanics of pregnancy, identifying treatment strategies for musculoskeletal dysfunctions, differentiating between low back and SIJ pain, and nerve palsies.
  • Lymphedema Management in Women´s Health Physical Therapy (2 volunteers) | 30 pages
    • Lymphedema Management in Women´s Health Physical Therapy is a home study module developed for the physical therapist who would like to learn more about lymphedema as well as prepare for the lymphedema portion of Women´s Health Clinical Specialist exam. Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) has been used universally to treat lymphedema since the 1800´s. The well-known Foldi Clinic is located in Germany and in the 1990´s CDT was brought to America to train practitioners. You will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system, lymphedema diagnoses, differential diagnoses and the phases and steps involved in CDT. The book takes you through the physical therapy initial evaluation for lymphedema following the guidelines for specialty practice. It also contains many case studies designed to enhance your application of CDT. CDT has many concepts and procedures that will additionally help patients with inflammation,? autoimmune disorders and pain. It is a must for all physical therapist.
  • Physical Therapy Management of Osteoporosis: Prevention & Management(2 Volunteers) | 100 pages
    • Although this HSM module is longer than others, it has several addendums featuring visual diagrams/images/reference pages
      • This downloadable home study module is intended to give therapists a practical approach to comprehensive problem solving for the patient who presents with low bone density, and often a kyphosis, forward head, and protracted shoulder girdle. Skeletal anatomy and physiology as well as bone strength measurement strategies are presented. The scientific basis for current pharmacological treatment is discussed as well as surgical approaches for treating vertebral fractures. Evaluation and treatment planning are covered in great detail. Physical therapy interventions feature postural and resistance exercises, activities of daily living as exercise, and also some manual therapies. This course has been designed for the therapist to immediately apply the information in the clinical setting to patients with kyphosis, osteoporosis, and/or postural restrictions. The appendix section includes a large number of print-ready exercise interventions.
What you will do:
  • Review the Home Study Module for accuracy, evidence citation, wording
  • Revise the Home Study Module content with 1-2 partners
Requirements are:
  • Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy member in good standing
  • Expertise in one of the above topic areas
  • Availability to complete the review and revisions by April 30, 2021 at the latest (possible extension may be granted)
  • Access to internet/email and basic working knowledge of Word, Adobe Acrobat
  • Ability to use Google Docs or willing to learn how to use Google Docs.

For more information or questions regarding the requirements, please contact us at hello@aptapelvichealth.org.

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