Propel Yourself and Your Practice to the Forefront of Spasticity Expertise
AAPM&R is arming members with training to help them prepare and lead in competitive landscapes. Following the success of the highly-acclaimed STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program, we are excited to announce the launch of the STEP Interventional Spasticity Certificate Program.
STEP stands for Skills, Training, Evaluation and Performance. The STEP Interventional Spasticity Certificate Program teaches and assesses interventional spasticity skills using a standardized, progressive, and competency-based curriculum with both online and live components.
When you earn the STEP Interventional Spasticity Program Certificate, you:
- Gain confidence by representing the highest standard in the field
- Enhance your career opportunities
- Earn visibility and credibility in spasticity management
- Communicate to patients and employers that you are committed to excellence
- Earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and meet American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) Part II and Part IV requirements
Participants move through a series of 3 STEPs. Those who complete all the required STEPs earn a Certificate of Completion.
After completion of the STEP Interventional Spasticity Program, participants should be able to:
- Have in-depth understanding of spasticity and its impact on patients
- Assess the advantages and disadvantages of all treatment options (i.e., pumps, oral medications, surgeries)
- Synthesize an optimal dynamic treatment plan for spasticity interventions
- Discuss the pharmacology of injectable agents
- Prepare and administer injectable toxins and nerve blocks
- Recognize and assess functional anatomy related to spasticity (i.e., motion analysis)
- Utilize multiple localization methods (EMG, US, hands/eyes, muscles, landmarks) for chemodenervation and nerve blocks
- Recognize appropriate candidates for targeted drug delivery
- Perform basic pump programming (increase/decrease, bridge bolus) on the most commonly used delivery systems
- Recognize the utility of complex pump programming
- Handle ITB emergencies
- Identify the resources necessary to establish, manage, and grow a spasticity practice