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Theresa Joseph, DPT
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions

I have had the opportunity to experience Physical Therapy (PT) from various perspectives. In my roles as clinician, consumer, advocate, and assessor, the expectations of PT practice which I view as constants are that:
1. The profession is a dynamic and vital part of the healthcare and social community
2. The practitioner is expected to provide the client with excellence in choice of clinical specailist, with care delivered in a professional and "safe" environment where the principles of ethical practice and cultural sensitivity are upheld.
I believe that the foundation for these expectations is found in a "solid" clinical and didactic education. I encourage the collaboration of student, clinical instructors, program faculty, and administration in the pursuit of such excellence.

As a Director of Clinical Education for the DPT program, I have a personal interest in the overall readiness of the students to engage in professional level of communication and use of good judgement in effective patient care as perceived by the student, faculty, and the clinical educator (CI) patient and caregivers. Coordination of feedback for the purpose of program development is therefore of great importance to me. In addition, I view the ongoing development of CIs as integral to successful student clinical experiences and remain committed to facilitating resources and forums for Continueing Education.

Over the period in whch I have served in this capacity I  am aware of the ever changing profile of the technological environment of communication and interpersonal interactions  and the impact it has on student  learnming styles, their expecations and the eudcatiaonal tools which must systematically be assessed in order that the learing and practice outcomes are maximized.  I believe that while educational leaders and faculty adopt and modify various formats of intervention to meet the learning needs, it is critical that excellence and accountability in practice, along with other basic principles upon which the institution was established continue to be of greatest consideration.