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The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists has long recognized the valuable synergy between research and education, and the mutual importance of each in advancing the field. Consequently, a focal point of an Academy grant initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education has been a systematic analysis of research capacity and advanced education. A grant project in 2004 convened a series of meetings and produced the Advanced Education and Research Training Initiative (AERTI) report.

Continuing the initiative, a multidisciplinary and multinational group of experts convened in Chicago July 17-19, 2009 to review the 2004 AERTI Report, evaluate its recommendations in light of the evolution of the profession over the past five years, and to make suggestions for consideration by the field that would accelerate the pace of progress. This group included clinicians, researchers and educators with widely varying backgrounds, training, and experiences.

There was broad consensus that the original recommendations from the AERTI, summarized below, remain sound. In addition, noteworthy progress has been made in recent years toward several of the goals defined in the AERTI. Finally, there was broad agreement that the philosophy articulated in the AERTI report remains sound:

“Fostering advanced education and research within the field is important because the resulting infrastructure will lead to higher quality, more effective health care that is of better value to society. This would create a culture within the profession that values science and expects clinicians to consume and apply research.”

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American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists

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