Using Virtual Meetings as a Collaborative Study Tool for Physical Therapists Preparing for Clinical Specialist Examinations

Purpose : Technology and platforms for adult learning have advanced in recent years enabling communication and collaboration among professional colleagues despite geographic barriers. A structured approach using virtual meetings and online collaboration can be a useful learning platform for physical therapists interested in optimizing preparedness for Clinical Specialist Examinations.Description : A group of APTA Neurology Section Members met weekly via virtual meetings to prepare for the Neurologic Clinical Specialist Exam. The group was comprised of ten physical therapists representing a broad range of clinical backgrounds and years of experience in three different states.Summary of Use : Group members organized and communicated by email prior to the start of the weekly study group using a common web-based sharing site to post study outlines and reading lists. An outline of topics organized by content area and based on the Description of Specialty Practice was developed with input from a neurologic clinical specialist mentor. A schedule of topics was constructed for the 6 months leading up to the exam. Topics were assigned to group members based on areas of expertise. Each member identified the most relevant literature and compiled a summary of the content which was provided to group members approximately a week prior to the scheduled meeting. Members met weekly via a free online platform for video conferencing for two hours. Each study session was facilitated by the group member who prepared the outline for that weekÕs topic and included discussion of clinical examples.Importance to Members: Studying for a Clinical Specialist Examination can be a daunting task given the vast breadth and depth of content to review, lack of colleagues in close geographic proximity and time constraints. This online collaborate model using virtual meetings could be implemented and promoted by each Section for physical therapists wishing to streamline and structure the preparation process by collaborating with peers in other areas of the country.

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  • Control #: 2019308
  • Type: Poster
  • Event/Year: CSM2015
  • Authors: Mary Beth A. Osborne, Parminder Padgett, Sara Crandall, Susan Cromwell, Terry Ellis5
  • Keywords: technology|adult learning|clinical specialization

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