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