Clinical Instructor Versus Residency Mentor: What's the Difference?
Section: Academy of PT Education
Session Code: ED-2A-1551
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 209ABC

Speaker(s):   Marisa Birkmeier, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  James Moore, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

As clinical training of physical therapists continues to evolve, entry-level and postprofessional clinical educators (instructors and mentors) must clearly understand the similarities and differences between instructing a physical therapist student and mentoring a resident. Professional physical therapist education programs are charged by accreditation standards to produce physical therapists ready to enter practice at an entry-level competence. Clinical instructors (CIs) for entry-level programs supervise and educate students throughout their professional education. Therefore, CIs support student development while they are still considered novice,쳌 but also work with students as they achieve entry-level competence. Postprofessional residency education takes the competent clinician to higher levels of development, emphasizing the development of advanced clinical reasoning skills in a specialty area of clinical practice. Clinical mentors will use similar but also different skills when considering teaching tools utilized by CIs. The growth in programs and interest in residency education has resulted in the need for highly skilled mentor educators adept at clinical teaching and comfortable with a role that is different than that of the CI. This session will compare and contrast these 2 roles of the clinician educator.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss the purpose of clinical education in entry-level physical therapist and resident development.

2. Compare and contrast clinical instruction and clinical mentoring, including training/preparation of a clinical educator, mechanics of an education session, and assessment of the student/resident and educator.

3. Identify strengths and weakness in a physical therapist student and resident clinical education session given a video case scenario, including structure, clinical reasoning, and assessment.

CEU: 0.2

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