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Spotlight Series Webinar Schedule

 

 Archived Spotlight Series Webinars

Our 19 previous webinars have been released from the Scorebuilders' vault. Take advantage of this valuable learning opportunity and watch them on-demand!

 

 

 

 Using Performance Data to Direct Your Study Plan

Explore how sample examination data can be utilized to assess current NPTE readiness and influence future study plan activities. The session will identify commonly utilized performance analysis features and show how to utilize these features to maximize examination performance.

 

Instructor: Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA

Scott is the President of Scorebuilders and has been assisting students to pass the licensing examination for over three decades.

 

 

 How to Use Active Learning to Increase Your Success

Explore how active learning can improve your retention of NPTE content and enhance critical thinking. The session will identify sources of active learning and demonstrate how to utilize these resources to maximize examination performance.

 

Instructor: Holly Daniel, PT

Holly is an instructor and consultant for Scorebuilders, with over 25 years of clinical experience and 10 years as a physical therapy educator, helping candidates pass the licensing examination.

 

 

 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems Review: A Comprehensive Review of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems From a Therapist's Perspective

The cardiovascular and pulmonary systems are often the most difficult for students to comprehend. This comprehensive session of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems will be presented from a PT's perspective providing you with the "needs to know" information while avoiding the "nuts to know" details of the two systems.

 

Instructor: Eder A Garavito, PT, DPT, CCS

Eder is an assistant professor at the College of Saint Mary and PRN staff physical therapist at Duke University Hospital with 7 years of clinical experience. He is a cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist who truly enjoys his consulting work with Scorebuilders.

 

 

 Gait Is Dynamic: Ways to Break It Down and Make It Fun!

Explore how gait is dynamic and approaching it this way will enhance understanding of muscle activation throughout the gait cycle. The session will use gait terminology in a dynamic way to maximize understanding of muscle activation at each joint (ankle, knee, hip) and the relationship of impairments to common gait deviations.

 

Instructor: Holly Daniel, PT

Holly is an instructor and consultant for Scorebuilders, with over 25 years of clinical experience and 10 years as a physical therapy educator, helping candidates pass the licensing examination.

 

 

 Prosthetics Review for the NPTE

Review the must-know prosthetics content for the NPTE exam. By the end of this session you will be able to: 1) focus on the MOST important areas of prosthetics for your NPTE study plan, 2) discriminate between different prosthetics devices and their uses, 3) discuss contraindications, precautions, and red-flags regarding prosthetics care, 4) prioritize areas of importance as it relates to prosthetics and the NPTE. Practice questions and answering strategies will be presented throughout the course.

 

Instructor: Daniel J. Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, COMT

Daniel is a faculty member in the Physical Therapy program at Touro College in Bayshore, NY and a Scorebuilders instructor. He has written numerous scientific manuscripts on limb loss rehabilitation and presents nationally on the topic.

 

 

 Review of Neurologic Injuries (CVA,TBI,SCI)

Review common injuries to the central nervous system for the NPTE. By the end of the session you will be able to: 1) Identify key neuroanatomical structures and their primary functions 2) Recognize common signs and symptoms of injuries to the nervous system 3) Discuss key assessments with interpretation of the conditions discussed.

 

Instructor: Alicia Flach PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS

Alicia is faculty in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Carolina where she teaches the adult neurologic curriculum. Her clinical practice and research focus is on collaborating with individuals living with degenerative neurologic conditions.

 

 

 Arthro- vs. Osteo- Kinematics: Let's Roll and Glide Our Way Through Joint Mobilization Without Making Heads Spin!

This session will focus on the use of the convex-concave rule to determine appropriate direction of joint mobilization. We will discuss the difference between osteokinematic and arthrokinematic motions, the concept of joint congruency and its relevance to joint mobilization, and review grades and parameters for joint mobilization techniques.

 

Instructor: Holly Daniel, PT

Holly is an instructor and consultant for Scorebuilders, with over 25 years of clinical experience and 10 years as a physical therapy educator, who enjoys helping candidates pass the licensing examination.

 

 

 Equipment, Devices, Technology, Oh My!

This session will focus on reviewing the details of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes. We will discuss the different levels of assistance patients may require, the various gait patterns patients will use, and how to appropriately select and fit assistive devices. Technology and modalities commonly used in the profession will also be discussed along with their indications and contraindications.

 

Instructor: Jamie Dehan, PT, PhD, DPT, MS

Jamie is an instructor for Scorebuilders, with 14 years of clinical experience and 10 years as a physical therapy educator.

 

 

 What Am I Doing Wrong? - Strategies for Assessment of Decision Making and Test Taking Errors

This session will focus on common reasons for higher numbers of decision making and test taking errors in an exam taker's portfolio. We will discuss reasons they occur, the need for developing a consistent strategy to change these patterns, and remediation strategies.

 

Instructor: Beth Ennis, PT, EdD, PCS, ATP

Beth Ennis is a physical therapist with 28 years of clinical experience, 18 years of educational experience, and an instructor for Scorebuilders.

 

 

 Lymphedema Review for the NPTE

Review Lymphedema, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), & Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for the NPTE exam. By the end of this session you will be able to: 1) Identify the anatomy of the Lymphatic system & its function. 2) Recognize the indications and contraindications for Lymphedema treatment. 3) Understand the steps of MLD and CDT treatment.

 

Instructor: Amy Powell-Versteeg, PTA

Amy is an instructor at The University of Utah department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, and a Scorebuilders instructor. She is certified in Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy.

 

 

 Orthotics Review for the NPTE

Review the must-know orthotics content for the NPTE exam. By the end of this session you will be able to: 1) focus on the MOST important areas of orthotics for your NPTE study plan, 2) discriminate between different orthotic devices and their uses, 3) discuss contraindications, precautions, and red-flags regarding orthotic care, 4) prioritize areas of importance as it relates to orthotics and the NPTE. Practice questions and answering strategies will be presented throughout the course.

 

Instructor: Daniel J. Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, COMT

Daniel is a faculty member in the Physical Therapy program at Touro College in Bayshore, NY and a Scorebuilders instructor. He has written numerous scientific manuscripts on limb loss rehabilitation and presents nationally on the topic.

 

 

 Eeewww! Infections, Documentation, and Legal Stuff

What order do we don/doff PPE? What PPE do I even use? How does infection spread? Where do I document that? Is that legal? If you hesitate on answering any of these, then this session is for you. This session will review safety, protection, and professional responsibility. We will explore topics like infection control, accessibility, documentation, delegation and supervision, and areas related to patient education.

 

Instructor: Jamie Dehan, PT, PhD, DPT, MS

Jamie is an instructor for Scorebuilders, with 14 years of clinical experience and 10 years as a physical therapy educator.

 

 

 Geriatrics Review for the NPTE

Review the must-know geriatrics content for the NPTE exam. By the end of this session you will be able to: 1) focus on the MOST important areas of geriatrics for your NPTE study plan, 2) discriminate between normal and abnormal aging, 3) discuss contraindications, precautions, and red-flags regarding older adult care, 4) prioritize areas of importance as it relates to geriatrics and the NPTE. Practice questions and answering strategies will be presented throughout the course.

 

Instructor: Daniel J. Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, COMT

Daniel is a faculty member in the Physical Therapy program at Touro College in Bayshore, NY and a Scorebuilders instructor. He has written numerous scientific manuscripts on limb loss rehabilitation and presents nationally on the topic.

 

 

 Question Tune-Up: Musculoskeletal System

Our Question Tune Up Series offers students the opportunity to take a 10 question licensing-like exam in a specific system or non-system area. Participate in each of the five sessions and in the process expand your academic knowledge and refine your decision-making skills. Join us for our inaugural session and flex your musculoskeletal system muscles!

 

Instructor: Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA​

Scott is the President of Scorebuilders and has been assisting students to pass the licensing examination for over three decades.

 

 

 Question Tune-Up: Neuromuscular System

Our Question Tune Up Series offers students the opportunity to take a 10 question licensing-like exam in a specific system or non-system area. Participate in each of the five sessions and in the process expand your academic knowledge and refine your decision-making skills. Activate those dormant neurons and show the depth of your neuromuscular knowledge during our second tune up session.

 

Instructor: Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA​

Scott is the President of Scorebuilders and has been assisting students to pass the licensing examination for over three decades.

 

 

 Question Tune-Up: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems

Our Question Tune Up Series offers students the opportunity to take a 10 question licensing-like exam in a specific system or non-system area. Participate in each of the five sessions and in the process expand your academic knowledge and refine your decision-making skills. Take a deep breath, expand those lungs, and show off your cardiopulmonary knowledge during our third tune up session.

 

Instructor: Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA​

Scott is the President of Scorebuilders and has been assisting students to pass the licensing examination for over three decades.

 

 

 Question Tune-Up: Other Systems

Our Question Tune Up Series offers students the opportunity to take a 10 question licensing-like exam in a specific system or non-system area. Participate in each of the five sessions and in the process expand your academic knowledge and refine your decision-making skills. All systems are special! Demonstrate your academic command of an eclectic group of body systems during our fourth tune up session.

 

Instructor: Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA​

Scott is the President of Scorebuilders and has been assisting students to pass the licensing examination for over three decades.

 

 

 Question Tune-Up: Non-Systems

Our Question Tune Up Series offers students the opportunity to take a 10 question licensing-like exam in a specific system or non-system area. Participate in each of the five sessions and in the process expand your academic knowledge and refine your decision-making skills. This is your last chance to show what an academic beast you are! Show the world the breadth and depth of your non-systems knowledge during our final tune up session.

 

Instructor: Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA​

Scott is the President of Scorebuilders and has been assisting students to pass the licensing examination for over three decades.

 

 

 Those Pesky Medications: Where Do I Begin?

Medications tend to be a challenging and overwhelming content area to review for the licensing exam. This session will organize and review medications by system, focusing on pharmacological management of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular & pulmonary systems. We will discuss ways to potentially predict where to focus your academic review and identify classes of medications that are likely to impact physical therapy interventions and be critical to patient safety.

 

Instructor: Holly Daniel, PT

Holly is an instructor and consultant for Scorebuilders, with over 25 years of clinical experience and 10 years as a physical therapy educator, helping candidates pass the licensing examination.

 

 

 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Pharmacology for Dummies

Let's be honest, pharmacology is rarely a subject that PT students love taking, and the memorizing game can become exhausting. On the other hand, pharmacology can play a major role in a patient's recovery and should be highly considered when designing a patient's plan of care. This session will focus on pharmacology for the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. We will discuss the major pharmacological agents used with this patient population, their indications, contraindications and considerations for therapy and exercise.

 

Instructor: Eder Alejandro Garavito, PT, DPT, CCS

Eder is an assistant professor at the College of Saint Mary's DPT program and PRN staff physical therapist at Duke University Hospital with 8 years of clinical experience. He is a cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist who truly enjoys his consulting work with Scorebuilders.

 

 

 Orthopedic Special Tests: They May Be “Special” But Let’s Not Go Crazy!

This session will focus on commonly performed special tests categorized by diagnosis. We will discuss the NPTE content outline categories for special tests, methods of active learning to improve retention, and the difference between sensitivity and specificity of clinical tests. There will be some fun practice questions related to special tests at the end of the session.

 

Instructor: Holly Daniel, PT

Holly is an instructor and consultant for Scorebuilders, with over 25 years of clinical experience and 10 years as a physical therapy educator, who enjoys helping candidates pass the licensing examination.

 

 

 Clinical Decision Making in Acute Care

Explore the role of physical therapy in the acute care setting. The session will review how physical therapists obtain, utilize, and integrate information in the acute care setting and how that information supports and guides clinical decision making.

 

Instructor: Gretchen Corcoran, PT, DPT, GCS

Gretchen is a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an instructor for Scorebuilders. Gretchen is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist with fifteen years of clinical experience in the acute care and subacute rehabilitation settings and seven years as an educator.

 

 

 Research Review for the NPTE

Review the must-know research content for the NPTE exam. By the end of this session you will be able to: 1) focus on the MOST important areas of research for your NPTE study plan, 2) discriminate between different research concepts and principles and their relevance, 3) prioritize areas of importance as it relates to research and the NPTE. Practice questions and answering strategies will be presented throughout the course.

 

Instructor: Daniel J. Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, COMT

Daniel is a faculty member in the Physical Therapy program at Touro College in Bayshore, NY and a Scorebuilders instructor. He has written numerous scientific manuscripts on limb loss rehabilitation and presents nationally on the topic.

 

 

 Test Taking Strategies

This session provides participants with the opportunity to answer 10 questions across the spectrum of systems. We will review how to read a question properly, how to emphasize the "key" items within the question and how to eliminate the incorrect distractors thereby maximizing your ability to answer the question correctly.

 

Instructor: Jackie Ross, DPT

Jackie has been an instructor at Scorebuilders for 7 years and has over 40 years of clinical practice and 22 years as a full time professor in a Physical Therapist Assistant program. She has lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Ergonomics and computer related injuries.

 

 

 A Pain in the Neck

Compare and contrast types of pain. This session will identify the basic mechanisms of pain and explore a variety of pain assessments. Various interventions for pain will also be discussed.

 

Instructor: Deirdra Murphy PT, DPT, MHA, MS

Deirdra is an instructor for Scorebuilders, with over 40 years of clinical experience and 20 years as a physical therapy educator.

 

 

 Patient Care Skills

This session will review the key aspects to patient care skills including bed mobility, transfers, wheelchair mobility and gait training with a focus on patient safety. Basic wheelchair measurements and fitting of assistive devices will be covered as well as gait patterns.

 

Instructor: Michele K Fox, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS

Michele, an instructor for Scorebuilders and a faculty member in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, has 26 years of clinical experience and 21 years of educational experience.

 

 

 Part 1 - FUN-damentals of Therapeutic Exercise: Addressing the Impairments in Your Knowledge

This two-part series will address the foundations of Therapeutic Exercise primarily focusing on the Musculoskeletal System. Part One will address tissue injury and healing, early phases of rehabilitation, and include an in-depth look at restoring mobility. Part Two will continue with the progression of therapeutic exercise, in tandem with healing, covering the topics of posture and positioning, restoring strength and neuromuscular control. Collectively, the sessions will review the basic principles of therapeutic exercise while covering a multitude of terms, principles and even the application of addressing common impairments.

 

Instructor: Kelly D Kinsey MS, PT, ATC

Kelly has been a practicing physical therapist with an interest in orthopedics and sports medicine for nearly 30 years. She has been a clinician and educator at the Cleveland Clinic for 23 years; this includes being part of their Orthopedic Residency Faculty. Kelly also teaches Therapeutic Exercise for the athletic training program at Baldwin Wallace University and has been an instructor for Scorebuilders for over 15 years.

 

 

 Part 2 - FUN-damentals of Therapeutic Exercise: Addressing the Impairments in Your Knowledge

This two-part series will address the foundations of Therapeutic Exercise primarily focusing on the Musculoskeletal System. Part One will address tissue injury and healing, early phases of rehabilitation, and include an in-depth look at restoring mobility. Part Two will continue with the progression of therapeutic exercise, in tandem with healing, covering the topics of posture and positioning, restoring strength and neuromuscular control. Collectively, the sessions will review the basic principles of therapeutic exercise while covering a multitude of terms, principles and even the application of addressing common impairments.

 

Instructor: Kelly D Kinsey MS, PT, ATC

Kelly has been a practicing physical therapist with an interest in orthopedics and sports medicine for nearly 30 years. She has been a clinician and educator at the Cleveland Clinic for 23 years; this includes being part of their Orthopedic Residency Faculty. Kelly also teaches Therapeutic Exercise for the athletic training program at Baldwin Wallace University and has been an instructor for Scorebuilders for over 15 years.

 

 

 Integrating Clinical Reasoning Skills Into Your Content Review

Discover how the principles of clinical reasoning may help guide your review of the content surrounding Safety and Protection, and Professional Responsibilities. This webinar will also use this content area to illustrate several strategies to minimize decision-making errors.

 

Instructor: Dan Dandy DPT

Dan has been a physical therapist for over 30 years and is the ACCE and instructor for one of Penn State University’s PTA Programs. He has served as an instructor for Scorebuilders for over five years.

 

 

 Tubes, Lines, and Medical Equipment

What do we use a Swan-Ganz for? What types of urinary catheters are there? How do I know what all these lines and tubes do? This session will review the common tubes, lines, and medical equipment we’ll see while treating our patients. We’ll discuss the function, location, complications and restrictions associated with each type of equipment.

 

Instructor: Jamie Dehan, PT, PhD, DPT, MS

Jamie is an instructor for Scorebuilders, with 14 years of clinical experience and 10 years as a physical therapy educator.

 

 

 What is Normal Anyway

This session will discuss typical motor milestones, reflexes and other aspects of typical development. We will also discuss tools used for developmental assessment.

 

Instructor: Beth Ennis, PT, EdD, PCS, ATP

Beth Ennis is a physical therapist with 28 years of clinical experience, 18 years of educational experience, and an instructor for Scorebuilders.

 

 

 Review of Degenerative Neurological Conditions

This session will focus on a brief review of degenerative neurologic conditions (Parkinson disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). A brief pathophysiology and neuroanatomy associated with each condition and the role of physical therapy in addressing symptoms of these conditions will be presented.

 

Instructor: Alicia Flach PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS

Alicia is an instructor for Scorebuilders with 13 years clinical experience focused on working with individuals with neurologic injuries and conditions and 7 years of teaching experience.

 

 

 Dear Scott

This session provides you with the opportunity to ask the Scorebuilders’ President just about anything that is on your mind. Use Scott’s licensing experience to assist you across the finish line! Check out Scorebuilders’ social media for opportunities to submit questions prior to the session.

 

Instructor: Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA​

Scott is the President of Scorebuilders and has been assisting students to pass the licensing examination for over three decades.

 

 

 These are a Few of My Favorite Things

This session provides you with the opportunity to learn more about Scott’s favorite features within the Scorebuilders’ product line. Many of these features are underutilized and have the potential to give your exam score a significant boost.

 

Instructor: Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA​

Scott is the President of Scorebuilders and has been assisting students to pass the licensing examination for over three decades.