Monday, February 23, 2009

Educata Continuing Ed.

I was passed on this blog tip for continuing education, the list of their faculty is a pretty darn impressive who's who in the PT world. The opening line to the e-mail made me smile so I thought I would share:
I enjoy reading your BLOG -- and your out-of-the-box perspectives. Fun!
Thanks Monica!

By way of introduction, EDUCATA ( had its public debut earlier this year, to rave success. There are reasons why it stands out:
- Top-of-the-line educators (you may know some of them, actually, as they routinely speak at PT conferences)
- Strength of the technology platform, which is fully interactive (visuals, video, audio; pause-resume capabilities; baseline knowledge test at start of course; evidence of learning at exit at end of course; ability to interact with the instructor; certificate vaulting; courses in increments of 1 contact hour and up; etc.)
- Accreditation with the licensing boards of most states where CEUs are required

There is also a press release that was sent to me which is in .pdf format. I wanted to share through GoogleDocs but that would require that you have a Google account and I send you the invite to the .pdf... which is kind of silly, but I understand not allowing sharing of any and all .pdf's... I think?

The press release should actually be on the website tomorrow, but Adobe does let me copy and paste text, so here goes (it looks a lot better via .pdf

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For press inquiries, contact:
WCPT: Brenda J Myers, Secretary General
+44 (0)207 471 6765
EDUCATA: Monica Berndt -- Marketing
+1 323-256-1855
EDUCATA and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Partner to Provide First Global Online Continuing Education For Physical Therapists
Interactive Web 2.0 platform brings latest education and technology to physical therapists around the world
(Calabasas, Calif. February 24, 2009)— The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and EDUCATA, the first company to offer a global continuing education platform for physical therapists, have partnered to provide online courses starting in February, 2009. The WCPT is an international professional organization whose members are national physical therapy associations.
“We believe that there is a tremendous need for physical therapists around the world to stay current on the latest advances and have convenient access to educational opportunities for ongoing professional improvement,” said WCPT President Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, CSCS. “In many countries, costs and distance barriers make it very difficult for therapists to get access to ongoing training and education.
Educata brings this vital educational experience directly to the physical therapist online,
wherever and whenever it is convenient, at a reasonable cost.”
EDUCATA Co-Founder/CEO Marilyn Pink, PT, PhD said, “We’re honored to work with the WCPT to make continuing education available and feasible for physical therapists globally. Our goal is to raise the bar in the international arena for evidencebased clinical practice.”
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Dr. Pink, who has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and sports medicine as a clinician, educator, scientist and businesswoman, says that Educata was created to give physical therapists knowledge to enhance patient/client interventions through a cutting-edge technology platform that is user-friendly, convenient and low cost. Also the founder of a web, evidence-based healthcare and fitness company, Dr. Pink has published and presented over 150 peer-reviewed articles and international lectures on managerial, clinical and scientific topics.
EDUCATA Co-Founder/CFO Michael Weinper, PT, MPH, has over 35 years of experience and expertise in clinical practice, management, consulting, administration and program development. He is founder and principal in Progressive Physical Therapy, a private practice therapy group with five locations, and founder of Physical Therapy Provider Network (PTPN), the first specialty managed care organization in the preferred provider organization (PPO) environment with networks in 23 states.
EDUCATA offers a broad spectrum of courses covering the areas of orthopedics and cardiovascular/pulmonary to geriatrics and oncology that are taught by top-ranked educators and experienced clinicians who are researchers, authors and instructors at professional scientific conferences. It combines visuals, audio and video, and other interactive technology to provide a rich, highly engaging learning environment.
About Educata: is a unique, interactive, Web 2.0 continuing education platform that delivers online learning for health professionals. Physical therapists and other medical professionals are the focus of the first launch. Subsequent launches will target additional professions requiring continuing education. To find out more about EDUCATA, go to or contact Dr. Marilyn Pink at 805-495-7477.
About World Confederation for Physical Therapy: The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is an international non-profit professional organization founded in 1951. WCPT is a confederation of national physical therapy associations supported by subscriptions from its 101 member organizations and through them it represents over 300,000 physical therapists worldwide. For more information about WCPT, email or visit

1 comment:

Eric Robertson said...

I got the same email:
"Dear Eric,
I enjoy reading your BLOG -- thanks for the valuable resource."

I wonder is Monica thinks BLOG is an acronym?

I've also heard that Educata has been courting various professional organizations looking for some partner publicity. I guess the WCPT is the first to take the bait. I wonder what the true member benefit is of having a continuing ed provider as an official partner? Seems in the interest of the provider more than the members.

Are PT's that in awe of an Articulate presentation?