Focus Groups Test Professional Development Tool for ATs
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Volunteers recently had the opportunity to test an
upcoming BOC professional development system for
Athletic Trainers. The “portfolio” system, which is still in
beta testing, will allow ATs to assess their current skills
and knowledge gaps and help them create a professional
The idea for a professional development portfolio
came from the BOC’s Board of Directors. The
board then charged the Continuing Professional
Development Working Group with developing a set
of recommendations for enhancing professional
development through BOC programs and services.
“The portfolio system will be a great asset for Athletic
Trainers wanting to evaluate their own strengths and
opportunities for growth,” said Shannon Leftwich, BOC
Director of Credentialing Services. “The working group
has dedicated itself to developing a service that will help
ATs design personalized professional development plans.
Thanks to this portfolio concept, plans will be customized
based on the needs of individual ATs.”
The portfolio underwent focus group testing in June
during the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. Prior to
the event, focus group participants completed a survey
and watched videos introducing the portfolio concept and
providing instructions. About 60 participants provided
feedback on the system.
The working group is now implementing changes
based upon focus group comments. The next stage of
development for the portfolio is a pilot study slated for the
2016-2017 reporting period.
The BOC thanks all volunteers who have participated in
the focus groups and members of the working group.
Current working group members are Chair, Gail
Samdperil, Sacred Heart University; Nina Walker,
UNC - Chapel Hill; Jenna Street, United States Olympic
Committee; Matt Rothbard, Southern Connecticut State
University; John Hauth, East Stroudsburg University; and
Ahn-Dung “Yum” Nguyen, High Point University.
Self assessment exams are available to students preparing for the BOC
exam or to ATs seeking an assessment of their continuing education
needs. They are great tools for determining areas of strength and
weakness in athletic training. Self assessment exams are available on
the BOC website at www.bocatc.org.
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