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IPE session helps build professional relationships between PT and DO students

IPE session helps build professional relationships between PT and DO studentsEleven students from the Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and 50 students from the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) participated in an interprofessional education case study September 28, 2012, led by Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT, MAppSc, OCS, FAAOMPT, director, orthopedic residency program.

Designed to be a practical educational experience, the IPE session also served to help introduce the future DPT and DO practitioners to each other and provide insight into the specialized training each student receives through their ATSU coursework.

After a 30-minute review of the case study, the students broke out into a lab activity that paired a DPT student with four DO students. Each of the DO students went through a physical exam where the student physical therapist explained how they would match the exam findings to the prescribed therapeutic exercise program for patients.

Positive interactions where observed throughout the experience, and student feedback was uniformly positive.


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