We have blog repeatedly about DPT education in the past, here, here, and here so I won’t belabor the point. However, this recent perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine caused me to reflect a bit about the implications of rising tuition in PT education on attracting the best applicants into the future. Although the article is specific to medical rather than PT education, I am curious to hear from our readers where they think PTs would fit as line on Figure 1, which is freely available to view here as well (scroll down to the link). My sense is that we’re closer to the family medicine side of the bubble (ie, more likely for the bubble to burst first) but am curious if anyone is aware of any objective data on this.
On a related note, in case you haven’t seen it, this is a very well written piece in the recent PT in Motion by Mary Blackinton at Nova Southeastern University-Tampa regarding her “conversion” from being a skeptic of blended learning to a supporter. It highlights many of the points we’ve made on the blog about blended education but more importantly, touches on the potential pros and cons and dispels many of the typical myths. My hope is that you will take the time to peruse and that we can have a useful discussion on the blog via comments regarding your perspective!