Ellen Wetherbee Publishes on Standards for Clinical Education in Physical Therapy
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Ellen Wetherbee Publishes on Standards for Clinical Education in Physical Therapy

Ellen WetherbeeEllen Wetherbee, associate professor in the physical therapy program, ENHP, is primary author with colleagues from other New England physical therapy programs for an article in the fall, 2010 issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE). This peer-reviewed journal publishes research findings about physical therapy educational theory and practice.

The paper, "Standards for Clinical Education: A Qualitative Study," reports the findings of focus group discussions with clinicians, clinical facility managers, and academicians about the conditions and challenges of educating students in the clinical environment.

The article highlights the differing perceptions that these stakeholders have regarding clinical education and calls for more research to clarify the length and breadth of clinical education, to discover how to support and professionally develop clinical educators, and to define the best manner in which to assess student performance in the clinical environment.