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The SACE was established to create a pool of certified specialists to write items for the specialist certification examinations.

SACE members play a critical role with preparing, reviewing, and revising examination items for the specialty exams. This works earns them credit towards the maintenance of the specialty certification, and they are also eligible for program incentives based on their productivity. 

Appointed Group Size

Each specialty may appoint up to 15 new SACE members each year. Orthopaedics may appoint up to 20 new SACE members.

Term of Appointment

SACE appointees serve a two-year term, with the opportunity for subsequent reappointments.

  • Submission Opens: March 1
  • Submission Deadline: April 30
  • ABPTS will review all applications and make official appointments during their September board meeting.
  • Appointment begins January 1

Responsibilities and Time Commitment

Candidates must:

  • Complete the online course "Specialist Certification Examination Item Writing: An Overview," and submit a sample exam question prior to submitting their application.

Appointees must:

  • Commit to attending an item writing training workshop during APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, and
  • Commit to writing a minimum of 8-12 exam questions annually for the 2 year appointment to SACE. 

Volunteer

Details on how to apply or nominate someone will be posted in March of each year.

Congratulations to the Recipients of SACE's Item Writer Awards

 

2020 Awards

Congratulations to the recipient of SACE's Item Writer of the Year Award:

Rochelle Brannan, PT, MSPT
Board-Certified in Oncologic Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Oncologic Specialty Area

 

Congratulations to the top producing item writers in each specialty:

Pamela Bartlo, PT, DPT - 13 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty Area

Bryan Green, PT, DPT - 22 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Clinical Electrophysiologic Specialty Area

Karen Blood, PT, DPT - 15 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Geriatric Specialty Area

Alyssa Jones, PT, DPT - 12 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Neurologic Specialty Area

Brian Maloney, PT, DPT - 12 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Neurologic Specialty Area

Rochelle Brannan, PT, MSPT - 35 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Neurologic Specialty Area

Kindyle Brennan PT, PhD - 12 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Orthopaedic Specialty Area

Stephanie Ressler, PT, MSPT - 10 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Pediatric Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Pediatric Specialty Area

Kevin Nagel, PT, DPT - 13 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Sports Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Sports Specialty Area

Alexandra Hill, PT, DPT - 11 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Women's Health Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Women's Health Specialty Area

Victoria Hurwitz, PT, DPT - 11 items approved for item bank submission
Board-Certified in Women's Health Physical Therapy
SACE Member for Women's Health Specialty Area

Nicole Samuels, PT - 15 items approved for item bank submission
SACE Member for Wound Management Specialty Area