The Department of Professional Development & Continuing Medical Education at the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI) is committed to providing the highest quality of educational programs and services for both our own professional staff and the outside community of rehabilitation clinicians, physicians and other health care professionals in New Jersey. It is our goal, in partnership with JRI's clinical departments, JFK Medical Center and other components of the Solaris Health System to foster an educational environment through which clinicians may acquire the skills, knowledge and inquisitiveness to be astute problem solvers and informed practitioners.
Today's health care environment requires professionals to be continually informed of new evaluation and evidenced-based treatment approaches. Our extensive interdisciplinary continuing education program serves professionals across an array of rehabilitation and other health disciplines, including:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-language pathologists and audiologists
- Social workers
- Therapeutic recreation specialists
- Vocational rehabilitation counselors
- Athletic trainers
- Other physicians in multiple specialties
Our activities help clinicians acquire the professional competencies and personal confidence to work within clinical settings with diverse patient populations. We also facilitate possibilities for professional career advancement.
Conferences and Accreditation
We try, whenever possible, to offer a diversity of weekday, evening, and weekend options to accommodate personal and professional scheduling needs. We are an accredited provider for the following organizations:
- American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC)
Applications to the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners are made for all offerings applicable to the discipline. Additional accreditation applications are submitted appropriate to the specific audience and content of the education. For more information, please call 732-632-1570 or 732-632-1564.
The Department of Professional Development & Continuing Medical Education also coordinates an extensive network of student affiliation programs in physical and occupational therapy and provides educational consultation on student programming to other rehabilitation disciplines. Career education and observations are scheduled for students interested in exploring physical and occupational therapy. For more information, please call 732-321-7737.
Carole Kolber, PhD, Administrative Director, Professional Development & CME; Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Seton Hall University, School of Graduate Medical Education
Shelley Levin, MS, OTR, Clinical Director & Clinical Education Coordinator/Occupational Therapy
Pragati Shah, PT, MS, Clinical Director & Clinical Education Coordinator/Physical Therapy
Kathleen DeCamp, Events Coordinator
Mary Ann Laurita, Events Coordinator
Marianne Mohary, Events Coordinator
John Sensakovic, MD, PhD, Consulting CME Medical Director