DPT 2017-2022 Strategic Plan

Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy has educated many of the nation’s best clinicians, leaders, and researchers in the profession of physical therapy for 75+ years. This long history of success is no accident: we believe that it is a product of decades of strategic planning and engagement.
DPT Strategic Goals Edit

The 2017-2022 strategic plan reflects our passionate efforts in our continued contribution to the 75-year legacy of Duke DPT. This plan is a road map on how we plan to meet our own high expectations and will serve as an external symbol of how we aspire to be among the best doctor of physical therapy programs in the United States.

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Theme: Preparing the Next Generation of Clinicians, Leaders, and Teachers, through Innovative Education

Executive Sponsor(s): Tiffany Hilton, PT, PhD and Kyle Covington, DPT, PhD

  • Implementation of a Modern and Innovative Curriculum

  • Provide Formal Opportunities for Students to Develop Self-selected Areas of Professional Focus

  • Fostering Optimal, Novel, Clinical Education Partnerships and Opportunities

  • Collaborating in Meaningful, Clinically-Focused, Interprofessional Education 

  • Developing Teachers in Our Faculty Residency Training Program

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Theme: Nationally Recognized Leaders in Elevating Rehabilitation Research 

Executive Sponsor(s): Chad Cook, PT, PhD and Steven George, PT, PhD

  • Optimizing University Partnerships to Improve Research Symbiosis

  • Developing Duke into a Training Site for Research 

  • Fostering Innovative Research Models to Optimize Success 

  • Improving Visibility of Scholarship at Duke DPT

  • Recruit High-Level Researchers

  • Increasing External Levels of Funding

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Theme: Facilitating Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in the Areas of Curriculum, Training and Development, and Culture of the DPT Division

Executive Sponsor(s): Carol Figuers, PT, EdD

  • Creating Educational Conduit Programs to Engage Traditionally Underserved Students within the Profession of Physical Therapy

  • Making Duke a Destination Site for Faculty and Researchers 

  • Improving a Common Messaging within our Curriculum

  • Refining the Curriculum to an Appropriate Level of Cultural Competency-based Material

  • Enhancing and Supporting Inclusivity Among Faculty, Staff and Students

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Leadership, Advocacy, and Service

Theme: Creating the Next Generation of Leaders Through Service and Service Learning 

Executive Sponsor(s): Katie Myers, PT, DPT and Kyle Covington, DPT, PhD 

  • Developing Students' Leadership Skills Through Programmatic Opportunities for Clinical Practice, Research, and Professional Service 

  • Engaging Students in Local and National Advocacy Opportunities within the Profession

  • Creating Unique Service Learning Opportunities Through Collaborations both within and External to the DPT Division

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