The Chicago Area Clinical Educators Forum (CACEF), established in 1979, is a non-profit organization consisting of local clinical educators (Clinical Instructors, Center Coordinators of Clinical Education & Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education/Directors of Clinical Education) who are dedicated to quality clinical education. The Forum provides support to educational programs, allows for resource sharing, problem solving, and monthly discussions about current clinical education issues. The Forum serves as a resource as well as enables communication among local clinical educators.
CACEF activities have included providing continuing education inservices and courses for the clinical community with continuing education units (CEUs) provided, providing grants for clinical education-related research, sponsoring members to attend APTA conferences, and recognizing outstanding Clinical Instructors through the CACEF CI Recognition Program. The Forum also helped to initiate the IPTA Outstanding Clinical Educators Award. Between 1996 and 2009, the CACEF has provided over $6500 of financial support for sponsorships and research projects related to clinical education.
Each meeting is hosted by an Illinois Physical Therapy clinical facility or academic institution and typically occurs the first Wednesday of each month from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Dues are $25.00 per year, which also includes monthly e-mailed meeting reminders and minutes.