Intraprofessional Education for Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant Students

Background & Purpose : To provide a patient centered intraprofessional learning experience for physical therapy (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) students to develop strategies for delegation, communication and patient centered care in a variety of clinical settings. A literature search for entry level PT and PTA students yielded no results and anecdotal evidence suggests that there are inconsistencies in educating the PT and PTA students on their intraprofessional relationshipsCase Description : Entry level PT students from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and PTA students from Seminole State College of Florida (SSC) attended a 4 hour event hosted by Orlando Health (OH) along with students from other academic PT and PTA programs who were on clinical rotations at OH. . The students were divided into 10 groups, with equal distribution of PT and PTA students, representing acute care, out-patient orthopedics, outpatient neurology, inpatient rehabilitation, or pediatrics. Each group had one PT and one PTA as mentors, who provided two patient case studies unique to their setting. Although developing an appropriate physical therapy plan of care was important, the emphasis was on intraprofessional communication, delegation and hand-off based on the context of the two case studies. The event was broken up by presentations and Q&A by OT and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) professionals. A keynote speech from the chapter president of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) which focused on the PT/PTA relationship as well as involvement of both in the professional organization after graduation.Outcomes : PT/PTA day at Orlando Health is an excellent opportunity for the students to learn through collaborative problem based learning, affording integration of academic knowledge with real life case scenarios from a variety of settings with mentoring by experienced PT/PTA team members in appropriate communication, delegation and critical thinking. PTA students practiced determining intervention strategies based on the goals and plan of care developed by the PT students. PT students became aware of the PTA studentsÕ curriculum, knowledge base and scope of practice. PTA students gained insight into the PT students thought process in developing the Plan of Care. PT students gained a practical understanding of the importance of goal setting and documentation for appropriate hand off. Collaboration with students from other academic facilities is also beneficial. The experience enhanced communication and understanding of intraprofessional collaboration and its significance in favorable patient outcomes.Discussion : PT/PTA Day offered the student opportunity to collaborate in a patient centered learning activity to develop intraprofessional relationships. The students had the opportunity to work as a team which strengthened the understanding of each otherÕs roles beyond what they had learned didactically.

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  • Control #: 2022756
  • Type: Poster
  • Event/Year: CSM2015
  • Authors: Jamie Dyson, Carol Levine, Mayra Eschbach
  • Keywords: Intraprofessional education|Collaboration|Physical Therapy Education

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