Development of a logical and consistent differential thought process during patient/client management. Emphasis on recognizing the signs and symptoms of common non-musculoskeletal disorders and systemic disease that may complicate or mimic musculoskeletal disorders.
Professional issues in physical therapy as they relate to the APTA Vision 2020, professional responsibilities, legislative topics, board certified specialization and specialty practice.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement evidence-based information in physical therapy practice. Emphasis is on: 1) forming answerable clinical questions related to diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and harm in patient care; 2) locating evidence online with effective literature search strategies in electronic databases; 3) making independent judgments about strength of evidence based on quality of research; and 4) documenting the process and outcome using the format of a critically appraised topic.
The student will complete a “publication ready” case report on a patient they have treated in the clinic. The report will include a written description of the case and appropriate supplemental material including but not limited to graphs, pictures, video, and figures. The case report will be developed using a stepwise submit-and-revise approach between the student, the instructor, and classmates.
Indications, national practice guidelines, and diagnostic utility of specific diagnostic imaging procedures. Emphasis is placed on how to integrate the results of diagnostic imaging into a comprehensive clinical examination.
Basic pharmacology of major therapeutic categories, integrating the patient’s medication history and understanding of pharmacology in physical therapy decisions, and identifying potential causes for functional changes as they relate to pharmacology and the patient’s medication regimen.
Concepts of wellness, fitness, and nutrition applied to physical therapy practice. Topics to be discussed include: procedures used to evaluate fitness and wellness in a public health setting, health promotion, principles of nutrition and the influence of nutrition on patient outcomes.
Topics will be determined by the cohort of students and will focus on a specialty area of practice.