Academic and Clinical Education

There's No "I" in Team: Pediatric Clinical and Academic Partnerships Working Together for the Win

Saturday, November 10
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Meeting Room 6 - Convention Center

Positive (student experience + clinical instructor satisfaction + academic program outcomes) = a WIN for patients and families. How can this consistently happen in today’s healthcare environment with productivity challenges, staffing shortages, and reductions in professional development opportunities? Clinical education can no longer function on programs sending students to sites with clinical instructors and site coordinators of clinical education receiving little to no benefit beyond embodiment of the Core Value, Professional Duty. Clinical education stakeholders convened at the Clinical Education Summit in 2014 to identify priorities and potential solutions to ensure students continue to have multiple experiential learning opportunities that can only take place where patients and families receive services. Academic and clinical partnerships surfaced as a key component of sustainable models in which all parties receive benefits through the shared mission of preparing future physical therapists. Additionally, stakeholders desired consistency in expected outcomes for physical therapy students. The APPT developed the pediatric core competencies which provide academic and clinical educators with a framework to develop planned learning experiences that achieve consistent competencies for all physical therapist students. This session will provide exemplars of how an urban pediatric hospital system and a university partner established a sustainable, clinical education partnership.

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Marisa Birkmeier, PT, DPT, PCS, c/NDT

Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education
The George Washington University

Dr. Birkmeier is an Assistant Professor/DCE in the DPT Program at George Washington University (GW). She received her MPT (2001) and tDPT (2005) from Saint Louis University. She became a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy in 2009 and practices at Children’s National Health System. In addition to teaching the pediatric content at GW, she is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer and active participant in clinical education initiatives. She is an acute care and pediatric academy member and education section member. She has presented nationally on topics pertaining to pediatric rehabilitation and educational strategies within the classroom and clinic.

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Staci Kovelman, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Children's National Health System

Dr. Kovelman received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014 from Marymount University. She currently practices at Children's National Health System where she treats pediatric patients in both the acute and outpatient settings. She also participates in multidisciplinary clinics for the cystic fibrosis and burn populations. Dr. Kovelman is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and has been CCCE since April 2017.

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Mandana Fisher, PT, DPT, PCS

physical therapist
Children's National Health System

Dr. Fisher received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010 from Boston University and became a board certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy in 2016. She currently practices at Children’s National Health System with a focus in the cardiac intensive care unit and the outpatient chronic pain clinic. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, has been CCCE since 2014, and is an Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy member.

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