Dr. Eric Sauers to present on The Continuum of AT Education at the Accreditation Conference

Dr. Sauers is a tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A. T. Still University (ATSU), in Mesa, Arizona. He also holds a joint appointment as a Research Professor in the ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. His primary research and scholarly interests are related to the assessment of clinical outcomes and health-related quality of life in athletes following musculoskeletal injury, the examination and rehabilitation of the athletic shoulder, and health professions education and accreditation. Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, national, and international presentations related to his research and scholarship. He served as the first non dual-credentialed Active Member and President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET). He previously served as the Associate Editor for Clinical Outcomes for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and as an Editorial Board member for the Athletic Training Education Journal, and is currently an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Athletic Training. Dr. Sauers is a Commissioner and past Vice President of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  He has previously served as the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Post-Professional Education Committee and as a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee. Dr. Sauers has received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and has been recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA and recipient of the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.

Dr. Sauers will present on Friday afternoon, October 13th on The Continuum of AT Education. In this presentation, the continuum of education, from developing high quality clinicians at the professional level to preparing stewards of the discipline at the academic doctoral level will be will be explored.  Various academic degrees and clinical training programs will be discussed with the goal of differentiating the intended outcomes of the differing education options. Significant attention will also be given to assessing individual progress across the continuum of AT education including: 1) novice clinician, 2) ready for unsupervised practice, 3) ready for advanced practice, and 4) aspirational performance.  At the completion of this session, the participant should be able to describe the continuum of AT education in terms of:

  1. The model and goals of professional education in AT.
  2. Formal educational opportunities to facilitate transition to practice.
  3. Training programs to develop clinical experts.
  4. Degree programs designed to develop advanced practice leaders.
  5. Degree programs designed to develop stewards of the discipline.
  6. The AT milestones clinical assessment framework for measuring individual progression across the competencies.

Early registration end soon!  Please visit our Accreditation Conference Webpage to view the program, register for the conference, learn more about available workshops, and to find additional information on hotel availability and ground transportation.  Questions regarding the Accreditation Conference can be directed to support@caate.net.