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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A MASTER CLINICIAN?

To promote an environment that fosters and rewards clinical excellence by creating a system that is self-generating and self-sustaining. The goal of the program is not to replace specialist certifications endorsed by professional associations, but rather to serve as an area of opportunity for therapy leaders to pursue advanced clinical skills and knowledge in areas of passion.

WHY BECOME A MASTER CLINICIAN?

Apply evidenced based practice within treatments.

Have a direct and positive impact on the quality of care to patients.

Get recognized by your peers.

Get recognized by your employer.

Get involved in key decisions in your area of expertise.

Become an area of resource within your facility, cluster, market and/or company.

BENEFITS OF MASTER CLINICIAN DESIGNATION INCLUDES:

  • Distinguish a therapist among their immediate colleagues as well as in their respective profession.

  • Improving the quality of care that is delivered by rehab departments to the patients.

  • Increasing patient base and referrals.

  • Distinguishing a facility in the community.

  • Master Clinician designation certificates will be displayed in each department.

  • Professional membership dues will get reimbursed once master clinician status is achieved and for each year the designation is maintained.

  • License reimbursement will also be included.

  • Compensation: The Master Clinician Program is a voluntary, personal, and professional development opportunity that has been developed to incentivize clinicians to pursue clinical excellence. It is voluntary, therefore the time spent by each clinician completing the outlined criteria is not compensated time.

THE MASTER CLINICIAN PROGRAM CONSISTS OF THREE PARTS:

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PART 1: MASTER CLINICIAN CRITERIA COMPLETION

  • This designation will get awarded to individuals who have completed criteria for their respective specialties.

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PART 2: MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

  • This is a yearly requirement to maintain Master Clinician Status.

  • Provide training with Documentation/Billing in your specialty area to your cluster/market and/or additional affiliates.

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PART 3: ACE - ADVANCED CLINICAL EDUCATOR

  • Lead and teach CEU Approved Courses

  • Present at local or national chapters of professional organizations 

  • Poster presentations at the local and national associations 

MASTER CLINICIAN REQUIREMENTS:

REQUIREMENT 2: ARTICLE APPRAISALS

  • Total of 10 article appraisals are required.

  • Relevant articles on topic are to get chosen for appraisal.

  • You can utilize the template included as a guide for the article appraisal: CLICK HERE FOR THE TEMPLATE.

REQUIREMENT 4: PORTFOLIO

  • Final submission should be in the form of a portfolio that the candidate submits for review in its entirety.

  • Electronic version (PDF Format in a zip file/folder) that includes all required documents in organized fashion.

    • Name, Master Clinician Designation, Facility, Email.

    • Master Clinician Completion Form.

    • Folder 1: CEU Certificates (Saved as one PDF).

    • Folder 2: Article Appraisals (Saved as one PDF); The application process does not support multiple articles to get uploaded as separate files; Will make it uniform to assist getting the appraisals uploaded as one PDF.

    • Folder 3: Case Report (Saved as a PDF).

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is Master Clinicians all about?
    The Master Clinician is about a few different areas: Identifying clinicians who have specific skills Connecting them to other clinicians who want those skills Providing a clinical opportunity for growth-clinically, financially and leadership/mentorship Retention of those therapists Recruiting tool to show we value clinical practice Providing a framework for clinicians who want to grow/improve Providing a solution for program development Sharing of the knowledge to help others-Learning to create course content with CEUs
  • How did the idea for the Master Clinicians Portal form?
    Noticing we had some clinicians starting special programs but others were not aware.
  • Who are the Master Clinicians?
    Clinicians with specific skills, certifications or knowledge areas Identified by a DOR or Resource as having or wanting skills Master Clinician as the generic term for a therapist with added skills then a specialty name such as TEACHA, Wound care specialist, Dysphagia specialist, etc.. Research Think tank is examining how best to determine this
  • How did the Master Clinicians gather their knowledge?
    Various ways to obtain the skill or knowledge- A specific clinical skill may require a certification or training provided by an outside source Internal training with a way to check skills An agreement by a group that a person holds a certain skills set
  • Is there a minimum amount of years required in the field?
    Not specifically, but maybe a minimum time to our organization
  • What are the Clinical Programs?
    -Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care o Abilities Care Approach o TEACHA o Dementia Certified Practitioner -Amputation -Aquatic Therapy -CarFit -Cardiopulmonary Wellness o HeartPARC -Certifications o APTA Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS) o Certified Exercise Expert of Aging Adults (CEEAA) -Contracture Management o NeuroStretch o Splinting -Dysphagia o NMES o FEES o Free Water Protocol o Ampcare o IDDSI -Falls o Vestibular Program o Fall Proof o Otago -Grants -Heart Rate Variability o HeartMath -Incontinence o Posterior Tibial Nerve Modulation (PTNM) o BCIA – Accredited Pelvic Floor Biofeedback Certification -Kinesio Taping -Low Vision -Lymphedema -Manual Therapy o Strain/Counter-strain o Myofascial Release o Trigger-Point -Mental Health o Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) -Orthopedic -Outpatient Program -Pain -Parkinson’s Rehab o LSVT Big o LSVT Loud o Dual Task -Pilates -Pulmonary Rehab -Research -Sensory -Stroke/Neuro Rehab o Neuro IFRAH o NDT Certified -Student Clinical Instructors -Tai Chi -TBI -Trach/Vent -Wound Healing o Wound Certification o Ultrasound Mist o Closed Pulse Irrigation o E-stim
  • How can I get a hold of someone within the Master Clinician Committee if I have any questions?
    If you have any questions at all, please email us at masterclinician@ensignservices.net.
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