Developing a Shared Vision for Clinical Education

News Spotlight: CSM 2013 – San Diego

Members of the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education presented a session on changing health-care environments and their impact on clinical education when they met at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego from Jan. 21-24.

The two-hour session, “Academic and Clinical Collaboration to Manage Challenges in Clinical Education,”  was a project of the NEC-ACCE Task Force on the Future of Clinical Education. It described the process the task force is using to form the debate among academic and clinical stakeholders about the challenges of clinical education in a health-care system that changes rapidly.

After the main session, task force members presented breakout sessions that centered on common themes from the 34 focus groups they held in 2011-12, and suggested some strategies to move forward. The presentations were well received and the consortium has been invited to submit a proposal for position papers in anticipation of the Summit on a Shared Vision of Clinical Education in the fall of 2014.

Consortium members’ accepted presentations included:


 Strengthening the Academic and Clinical Education Partnership: Focus Group Discussions

  • Mary M. Palaima (Boston University); Deborah D. Pelletier (Springfield College); Olga L. McSorley (Franklin Pierce University); Ellen Wetherbee (University of Connecticut); Lee Nelson (University of Vermont); Donna Applebaum (MGH Institute of Health Professions); Regina Kaufman (Springfield College)

Rethinking Clinical Education: Focus Group Discussions on Financial Considerations

  • Ellen Wetherbee (University of Connecticut);  Olga L. McSorley (Franklin Pierce University); Mary M. Palaima (Boston University);  Deborah Pelletier (Springfield College);  Donna Applebaum (MGH Institute of Health Professions);  Lee Nelson (University of Vermont); Regina Kaufman (Springfield College)


  • Generational Divide (or Not) Survey Comparisons of Perceptions, Priorities, Preferences and Career Plans of Three Generations of Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistants Upon Entering the Workforce [Poster].  Micki Harris (Simmons College) and Olga McSorley (Franklin Pierce University)
  • A Liangong-based exercise program helps improve balance in five subjects living with chronic effects of stroke: a case series [Poster]. Regina Kaufman, Kim Nowakowski ,  and Dawn Roberts (Springfield College)
  • Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Experiences of Recent Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduates: Supervisor and Mentor Perspectives [Poster}. Mary M. Palaima (Boston University) and  Marylee Rambaud (Boston University).
  • Interaction between cohorts of Doctoral Physical Therapy students during full-time and part-time clinical education experiences. [Poster] Deborah Pelletier and Kim Nowakowski (Springfield College), and Stephanie Grigely (HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital – Ludlow, Mass.).
  •  Clinical Teaching Behaviors and Attitudes of APTA credentialed and non-credential Physical Therapist Clinical Instructors [Poster}. Christopher L. Petrosino (Walsh University); Ellen Wetherbee (University of Connecticut); Nancy Peatman (Franklin Pierce University)


Three consortium members also received special recognition at the San Diego meeting:

  • Janet Gangaway, of the University of Hartford, was the recipient of the Judy Circullo Award, a national leadership award through the APTA Aquatic Section. The award is presented annually to a section member who promotes aquatic therapy through service and/or clinical practice.
  • Susan Glenney, of the University of Connecticut, and Kristin Greenwood, of Northeastern University, received their Geriatric Clinical Specialist certifications at a ceremony at CSM that recognizes newly certified and recertified clinical specialists.

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