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Development of a Women's Pelvic Health Specialty Clinical Experience

Anderson, Kathleen PT, PhD; LaLonde, Amanda PT, DPT

Journal of Physical Therapy Education: June 2019 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - p 108–112
doi: 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000077
Case Report

Background and Purpose. The purpose of this article is trifold. First, to share the process and outcomes of developing a specialty clinical experience specific to the pelvic health setting; second, to encourage others to consider a similar model; and finally, to promote the early engagement of interested students on the pathway to practice specialization.

Case Description. A full-time clinical experience was developed in the specialty practice area of pelvic health at the request of an interested student. After the selection of a clinical partner, goals and objectives, outcomes assessment, and a timeline for goal achievement were established.

Outcomes. Student successfully met entry-level criteria on a focused application of the CPI and completed indirect measures including a specialty professional development plan and reflective journaling. The student anticipates further pursuit of specialty physical therapist practice.

Discussion and Conclusion. The academic program and the clinical partners enthusiastically supported the process and outcomes. The academic institution anticipates using the developed format to design additional learning experiences in specialty practice settings. Given the success of this experience, it would seem that the template is applicable to other institutions seeking to develop specialty clinical experiences.

Kathleen Anderson is the board certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, associate director, assistant professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ( Please address all correspondence to Kathleen Anderson.

Amanda LaLonde is the board certified clinical specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, director of clinical education, assistant professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical School, University of Minnesota.

The authors report no conflict of interest.

Received May 16, 2018

Accepted September 17, 2018

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