Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fall 2017 CSU DPT Program Clinical Education Update

We are having an exciting fall in clinical education at the Cleveland State University DPT Program, and we would like to update you on some of what we have been doing.      

APTA Best Practices in PT Clinical Education Report & CSU DPT Town Hall:  You have hopefully already heard about the discussions occurring at the national level following the spring release of the report from the APTA Best Practices in PT Clinical Education Task Force.  In early October, CSU held a local town hall meeting to answer questions and discuss this report.  We were grateful to have had approximately 20 individuals (local clinical partners and representatives from the university) participate in this event.  The feedback we gathered was subsequently shared with APTA’s Board of Directors, who is considering this report this month.  Thank you for making your voices heard through our town hall, as well as through the online survey which many of you also participated in. If you are interested in keeping up to date with these discussions, you can follow along at: http://www.apta.org/Educators/TaskForceReport/PTClinicalEducation/

Education Leadership Conference:  In mid-October, several of our CSU faculty and clinical educators participated in APTA’s Education Leadership Conference (ELC) down in Columbus.  The theme for this year’s conference was “Through the Looking Glass: Transforming Physical Therapy Education.”  As a member of the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of Physical Therapy Programs for Clinical Education, CSU helped sponsor 11 clinical educators (CIs and CCCEs) to attend.  If you have never been to ELC before, I suggest you consider attending a future conference. It is an amazing opportunity for academicians and clinicians to come together and brainstorm about innovative ways we can educate our students.  I always leave feeling energized!  You can find more out about ELC at the Education Section website: http://aptaeducation.org, and please let me know if you have any questions.    

Prestige Speaker/Outstanding Clinical Educator Award – Dr. Therese Lord:  The end of October brought our annual Prestige Speaker Event to help celebrate physical therapy month and honor our clinical instructors from the past year.  This year we were thrilled to present our first annual CSU DPT Program Outstanding Clinical Educator Award to Dr. Therese Lord.  This award has been designed to acknowledge a clinical educator who has made a significant impact in the development of a CSU DPT student(s), and who has promoted the mission, vision and core values of the CSU DPT Program through their clinical teaching. Clinicians are nominated by students with final selection by the DPT faculty. 

Dr. Lord received her DPT degree from CSU in 2011, and has been a strong clinical partner to our program since she became a clinical instructor in 2013.  She has mentored 11 students across the past five years, and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.  Therese is employed by University Hospitals and has been working primarily in the outpatient setting at Parma with some time in sub-acute rehab as well.  Vestibular rehabilitation is a prime area of interest for her, and she completed the Emory University Herman Vestibular Course in 2015.  She also completed her ITPT certification in 2015 to appropriately manage patients post-concussion.  As one of her former students noted in the nomination form, “Therese is continuously learning and improving her practice,” with additional training in instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy, Kinesiotaping, pregnancy and postpartum care, and more.  Therese and her husband Paul are kept busy by their three children with one more on the way in 2018. Following is a brief excerpt from one of the student nomination forms that captures just a few of the reasons why Therese was selected this year: “Therese employs humor, laughter, games and compassionate listening to bring about healing.  She is committed to fostering improved health, function and mobility.  She teaches with wisdom, passion and humility.  It has been my pleasure to witness and participate in the therapeutic process that Therese creates with each patient.  I am thankful for her guidance and encouragement.  I am a better clinician because of her dynamic teaching, inspiring example and innovative mentorship.”

Thank you to Therese and to ALL of our clinical educators for your commitment to our CSU DPT students in 2017.  We look forward to continued collaboration in 2018! 

Karen McIntyre, PT, DPT – Director of Clinical Education, CSU DPT Program


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring CSU DPT Program Clinical Education Update

As the flowers begin to bloom and the grass turns greener, springtime brings forth a reminder to me of the beauty of change.  We all know that change can sometimes be scary and intimidating; however, it is also critical that we continually evolve with new insight that we have gained.  I am currently away from the University on sabbatical and brainstorming some potential revisions to our DPT clinical education curriculum.  We already have a strong clinical curriculum, due largely in part to your valuable contributions as our clinical partners.  However, healthcare and education are constantly changing and we must make sure that we continue to be responsive and focused on the future.  Through my sabbatical work, I have enjoyed talking with many of our clinical educators about what is important to you in choosing to work with our DPT students and how we may be able to do things even better.  I am extremely grateful for the feedback I have received thus far, and I hope that I can continue to talk to many of you in the coming months.  If you have any ideas for us regarding our clinical curriculum, I welcome them!  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your suggestions or if you have any questions at any time.  I am available via email at  k.vitak@csuohio.edu or via phone at 216-687-3903.

Thanks for all you continue to do!

Karen McIntyre
Director of Clinical Education - CSU DPT Program

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fall CSU DPT Program Clinical Education Update

As 2016 draws to a close, the DPT students have been keeping active in our community before the holiday season arrives. During the month of October, our 2nd year student class took part in this year’s Global PT Day of Service in an effort to give back to the community and to celebrate National PT Month. The PT Day of Service was started the previous year as an opportunity for students, therapists, and other team members associated with the physical therapy profession to volunteer and give back to the community, bringing care out of the clinic and to the public for a day. This year the 2nd year DPT class chose to collaborate with the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging located in Cleveland, Ohio. The Benjamin Rose Institute is an aging center that offers advanced services for seniors and their caregivers, including home-delivered meals, supportive housing, adult day services, partial hospitalization, social work, mental health services, and Senior Companions. The institute also participates in local research and education to better advocate for older adults in the community. For this year’s Day of Service, our students took the time to visit the Benjamin Rose Institute to provide blood pressure screenings and grip strength testing for those seniors interested in participating. Furthermore, this semester is the time that our DPT students volunteer at the American Cancer Society Joseph S. and Jeannette M. Silber Hope Lodge in Cleveland. The Hope Lodge provides a positive, comfortable environment and supportive accommodations for patients who are going through cancer treatment. It is a Cleveland State University DPT tradition to volunteer each year near the holiday season at the lodge, typically by providing a meal for patients and their families. This year, the 2nd year class prepared and shared in a dinner with the Hope Lodge residents and family members.

2nd year student volunteers for PT Day of Service at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
2nd year students at the Hope Lodge dinner

The first year DPT students have also been keeping busy by participating in volunteer activities throughout Northeast Ohio, including MedWish and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. MedWish is a non-profit organization that takes discarded medical materials and equipment to be repurposed and dispersed to humanitarian aid locations in underdeveloped countries. Our DPT students took the time this year to visit the distribution warehouse and assist in packing the newly repurposed medical equipment for shipment across seas. A trip to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank was also organized to assist with food collection, organization, and packaging of the groceries donated to the warehouse to prepare for distribution. The opportunity to volunteer and work with such groups allows our students to not only give back to the community here in Northeast Ohio, but also reach out and positively contribute to those in need on an international level.

1st year student volunteers at MedWish

1st year students volunteering at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank

At this holiday time, we would also like to take a moment and express our gratitude for the efforts of our clinical instructors over the past year!  We are extremely fortunate have such a talented and caring group of clinical instructors, and we look forward to more collaboration in 2017! 

Adriana Zalar, DPT Class of 2017
Karen McIntyre, Director of Clinical Education

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring CSU DPT Program Clinical Education Update

DPT Program Professionalism Ceremony 

“Vulnerability is not weakness. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” Brene Brown

This past week at CSU, we celebrated the 5th annual DPT Program Professionalism Ceremony.  This event honors our 2nd year students as they prepare to embark on their first full-time clinical education experiences in a little over a month.  It is truly a celebration of all they have accomplished in the program thus far, as well as the exciting possibilities that lie ahead in the next phase of their DPT education.  During the event, students receive white coats, which symbolize their professional duty to their future patients and their acceptance of the core values of physical therapy.  They also recite an oath and receive a blessing of the hands in front of faculty, peers, and their family and friends who have supported them.  In addition, a keynote address was provided by Mr. Edward Ash, PT, ATC, OCS, COMT, CSCS, winner of the CSU Viking Award in 2015. 

Mr. Ash provided our students with many “tips” as they prepare to head out into the clinic, including: the value of having a mentor across a professional career, the need for therapists to put their own feelings aside and focus on the patient, and remembering that what lies beneath the white coat is what is most important.  However, one final message from Mr. Ash that really resonated with me was his focus on how it is important for students to be vulnerable in the clinical learning process.  As the Director of Clinical Education, I certainly appreciate that while students are excited for their first clinical experience, it is also truly terrifying for them in many ways.  What exactly are students afraid of?  I have asked students to discuss this in the academic setting prior to their first clinicals, and students often note some of the following: not knowing the answer to a CI or patient’s question, saying the “wrong” thing, making a mistake, being unsuccessful, etc.  While I have fully understood their perspective and fears, I have also tried to stress with them that they often learn the most from those “safe learning mistakes” that their CIs allow them to make and grow from.  Mr. Ash emphasized to the students how they need to be more accepting of themselves and the fact that it is normal and “ok” to make some mistakes in the process.  As I think about the role of a clinical instructor, I think it is critically important that we as CIs help students to accept where they are, yet also to push themselves outside of what is comfortable in order to facilitate their continued development. As Dr. Brene Brown suggests, being vulnerable can be a catalyst to tremendous change!    

"For Pete's Sake - Be an Organ Donor" Drive

I want conclude this spring update with a quick moment of remembrance for our clinical education colleague, Peter Mosher, PT, DPT, OCS, former DCE at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH.  Dr. Mosher passed away in December 2013 while awaiting a lung transplant.  This April, our CSU DPT students are participating in the 2nd annual "For Pete’s Sake – Be an Organ Donor” Drive, which challenges all PT & PTA schools in our region to register new organ donors on their campus.  If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, you can find additional information at: https://www.lifebanc.org/about-donation/ohio-donor-registry.html.   

Wishing you all a happy and healthy spring!

Karen McIntyre, PT, DPT – Director of Clinical Education

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fall Clinical Education Update

It has been another busy fall for the Cleveland State University DPT Program.  Following the retirement of Dr. Karen O’Loughin, we have welcomed our new Program Director, Dr. Suzanne Giuffre.  Many of you in clinical education may already know her, as she was the former Director of Clinical Education at Youngstown State University.   She officially began with us on July 1st, but has really been integrating more into our program over the past few months.  Since joining us, she has already begun numerous initiatives including establishing a Pre-PT Club on campus and work on a new alumni newsletter.  We are grateful to Dr. O’Loughlin for her lasting contributions to our program, and we are also excited for Dr. Giuffre’s fresh perspective for our future!  

Thanks in large part to the generosity of you - our clinical partners, CSU DPT third-year students completed their Applied PT IV placements in mid-October.  They are now finishing up their Applied PT V elective practica and preparing for graduation in December.  For those of you who are still unfamiliar with our Applied PT V practica,  these are individually designed placements that allow students who have already reached entry-level practice in Applied PT IV to explore an area of special interest, while also contributing to the clinical facility.  The goal of these placements is really to be a “win-win” for both the student and the clinical site.  As a part of this placement, each student must create some sort of final “project/product” that is designed in collaboration with the clinical supervisor to be something that can benefit the site.  Applied PT V placements may occur in clinical research, administration & management, program development/evaluation, or specialized clinical practice environments, eg., pediatrics, school settings, geriatrics, sports medicine, women’s health, chronic pain, vestibular rehab, among others.  Examples of past projects have included:  production of marketing materials for PT practices and special programs, development of clinical-practice guidelines, generation of a database to track patient outcomes, completion of portions of research projects that have culminated in peer-reviewed presentations, and more.  If you are interested in considering Applied PT V in the future, we would be happy to talk to you to answer individual questions and brainstorm how it might work in your facility.  Please feel free to contact me as the Director of Clinical Education at k.vitak@csuohio.edu, or Dr. Jane Keehan who coordinates these placements at j.keehan@csuohio.edu. 

We were excited to have many clinical instructors join us at our annual Prestige Speaker Event in October where former faculty member Dr. Vanina Dal Bello-Haas returned from Canada as our honoree.  Among many award recipients that night, Dr. Anthony DiFilippo and Dr. Edie Benner were given the Viking Award for their contributions to our program,  including to the clinical education of numerous students.  We hope that you will consider joining us in future years, and remember that we extend complimentary invitations to all clinical instructors who have worked with our students in the year of the event. 

Finally, as we head into the holiday season, please accept our sincerest gratitude for your efforts with our students!   We cannot say thank you enough for all you give to our program. 

Happy Holidays!

Karen McIntyre, Director of Clinical Education  - CSU DPT Program

2015 Viking Award Winners- Dr. Anthony DiFilippo and Dr. Edie Benner

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Student Summer Update: Applied I Clinical Rotation

It is hard to believe the first of five clinical rotations has come and gone. My classmates and I began our Applied PT I clinical rotation in May and spent 10 weeks in our full-time positions located all throughout Ohio with a few in Chicago as well! We spent 4 semesters together in the classroom preparing for this experience, and I must say that the hard work has definitely paid off. We were all very nervous to begin our practice as clinical practitioners out in our respective sites, but as the 10 weeks progressed we blossomed into well rounded student physical therapists.

I can personally say that my Applied PT I clinical was very rewarding. I expanded my knowledge of physical therapy practice immensely, developed professional relationships with experienced clinicians, and made many connections with wonderful patients. The most valuable thing I learned during my Applied PT I clinical rotation was to be a "sponge" in my clinical practice, not only during my time as a student, but also as a future clinician. There is always something to be learned or absorbed from those around you, whether it be a fellow physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, other health care professionals, and even our patients. As the fall semester approaches, my classmates and I look forward to reuniting in the classroom to share our experiences and to prepare ourselves for Applied PT II and III next Spring.

Until next time,

Alli Burfield, SPT
Graduate Assistant to Dr. Karen McIntyre & Member of the CSU DPT Class of 2016

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Update from the CSU DPT Clinical Education Program

It’s been a busy spring for Cleveland State University DPT students!  Our third year students are currently finishing up their intermediate level placements (Applied PT II & III).  The first and second year students continue to assist in providing pro bono physical therapy care at two locations downtown: the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland and the Care Alliance Health Center.  Our program is extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the many physical therapist clinician volunteers who make this experience possible for our students!   In addition to these service-learning experiences, our students have been fortunate to participate in additional clinical labs off campus through the generosity of our clinical partners. 
A new and exciting collaboration that the CSU DPT Program started this spring is our partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art's (CMA) Vital Signs Program.  The CMA art galleries provide unique laboratories that engage students in activities that are transferable to healthcare practice.  Second year students participated in art rounds where they viewed and discussed several pieces in the gallery and also a contour drawing activity.  Through these activities they explored key concepts including: close observation and mindfulness, distinguishing subjective from objective information, self-awareness of individual habits in observation and interpretation, importance of process as well as outcomes, and more.  Following the activities at CMA, students completed video reflections of their experiences in which they were asked to further consider how these concepts relate to physical therapy clinical practice. 
Outside of the classroom and clinic, our CSU DPT students continue to be extremely involved in our profession.  CSU had over 20 students who advocated for physical therapy issues at OPTA Advocacy Day.  We also had excellent participation at OPTA State Conference, including the student challenge. 
One final exciting spring update is that two of our clinical instructors and one of our students were honored for their achievements at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference.  Dr. Karoline Lubbeck from the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic was awarded OPTA's Outstanding Clinical Educator Award, Dr. Lynn Czup was awarded the Outstanding Physical Therapist Award, and Dr. Jeffrey Swiers (DPT Class of 2014) was awarded the Outstanding Student Award. 
We are extremely grateful for all of the efforts of our clinical partners this spring, and we are looking forward to an exciting summer ahead!  
Karen McIntyre, PT, DPT - Director of Clinical Education, CSU DPT Program