Today’s healthcare systems require maximum efficiency in service delivery while maintaining high quality patient outcomes. Physical therapy providers who also function as clinical instructors are constantly challenged to meet these demands while providing quality clinical education experiences. This course will explore the impact of the clinical education environment on student learning as well as mechanisms to improve efficiency in clinical education management, student assessment, and alternative clinical education models. Relevant evidence in health professions education will be discussed. Cases will be presented as exemplars in clinical education and physical therapy practice. Participants will use the information gained during the session to analyze their own practice environments and identify opportunities for clinical education management, assessment, and instruction improvement through small and large group discussions.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Discuss the impact of physical therapy practice environments on student learning.
- Implement strategies to effectively supervise student physical therapist(s) and student physical therapist assistant(s) within the constraints of a busy work day.
- Complete the CPI in an effective and efficient way that accurately reflects student performance.
- Identify the benefits and challenges of alternative clinical education models.
- Describe 3 strategies to effectively implement collaborative practice models for beginner, intermediate and final clinical education experiences in their own practice environments.