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Clinical Education Amidst Clinical Challenges

As a clinical educator, you might be wondering whether it is a good time to be taking a student when you are learning and adapting to new approaches and protocols in your own practice. These FAQs offer some ideas to make clinical placements meaningful and manageable during these unique and turbulent times.

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ACP Online Education Module

This e-learning module covers the structure and components of the Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance (ACP) forms. It also discusses the categories, or roles, that students will be assessed against and the rating scale.

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Facilitating Learning in the Workplace

Developed by the Health Education North Central and East London (UK), this module explores theoretical perspectives on workplace-based learning and considers how they can help support the workplace-based learning of students and trainees. It includes some practical suggestions on how to enhance learning while working.

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Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs

The Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs (Academic Council) is a national organization that includes representatives from 14 physiotherapy university programs and from the accreditation, regulatory and association sectors. They provide leadership in topics pertinent to physiotherapy academic and clinical education and research. Member organizations actively collaborate with the National Association for Clinical Education in Physiotherapy.

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Guidance on Writing Effective Learning Objectives

This resource provides information and tools for writing effective learning objectives.

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Guiding Questions for Reflections on Interprofessional Competencies

This guide is designed to aid students in writing reflections about interprofessional competencies.

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Article: How to Master the Role of Clinical Preceptor

The article discusses the roles and expectations of a clinical preceptor, student experiences with preceptors, traits of effective preceptors, teaching tips, and things not to do.

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Module: Building Safe and Supportive Learning Environments 

Students may come to you to discuss potential mistreatment concerns about their learning environment. This module will introduce the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s student mistreatment policies and reporting process so that you can assist students requiring support. Resources are provided to build safe and supportive relationships with learners by fostering student resilience and well-being.

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Physiotherapy Management for COVID-19 in the Acute Hospital Setting

These international guidelines are meant for physiotherapists and other relevant stakeholders in the acute care setting caring for adult patients with suspected and/or confirmed COVID-19. It outlines recommendations for physiotherapy workforce planning and preparation, determining physiotherapy requirements, selection of physiotherapy treatments and personal protective equipment.

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Preceptor Education Program (PEP)

Developed by the University of Western Ontario, the PEP modules are required to be completed by UBC Master of Physical Therapy students prior to their first placement. They describe student roles and expectations, learning objectives, giving and receiving feedback, clinical reasoning, reflective practice, dealing with conflict and the evaluation process.

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Checklist for Key Cardio-Respiratory Interventions for Entry-Level Physical Therapy Students

Developed by the National Association for Clinical Education in Physiotherapy, this checklist to ensure students attain entry-level cardio-respiratory competencies, guides educators in the assessment of those competencies, and highlights that any clinical setting can assist students in acquiring cardio-respiratory competencies.

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Musculoskeletal Conditions Checklist

This checklist, developed by the University of Saskatchewan, allows preceptors to track the number of times a student diagnoses, assess, or treats specified conditions.

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Supervision Guide

This resource, developed by the Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association, provides an overview of the role of supervision in placements. Topics include phases of supervision, techniques and strategies to use in supervising student physiotherapists in Alberta, frequently asked questions, tips on providing effective feedback and more.

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A Guide to Incorporate Interprofessional Experiences into the Practice Education Setting

This comprehensive guide outlines the components, or competencies of interprofessional collaborative practice, the process of defining relevant learning outcomes for students on placement, the types of activities that contribute to achieving learning objectives, potential issues to consider, evaluation of learning, and more.

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What to expect from MPT students on placement

This document summarizes the coursework that students will have completed prior to each placement level and the skills and knowledge that students should demonstrate while on placement.

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NACEP Guidelines for Supervising PT Students using Telerehabilitation

Most aspects of a clinical education experience remain the same regardless of whether the experience occurs in-person or using telerehabilitation, however, some aspects might differ. These guidelines aim to highlight these differences and intend to provide the Clinical Instructor and student with guidance for clinical education experiences that involve patient care using telerehabilitation.

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Level 3 Placements: Tips and Reminders

This resource provides some useful tips and reminders about how to make clinical placements meaningful as students approach entry-to-practice.

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E-tips for Practice Education Modules 

Developed by Kassam et.al, these modules are for health care professionals who work with students in a practice education setting. Tips are provided to help prepare for a student, describe adult learning principles, foster teaching skills, foster clinical reasoning, give feedback, evaluate student performance, support struggling students, and resolve conflict.

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Orientation Guidelines for Physical Therapy Clinical Placements

Developed by the National Association for Clinical Education in Physiotherapy, this resource provides guidance on orienting the student, the educator and the clinic to a physical therapy placement. Topics include the types of information that should be reviewed by all parties, learning styles and learning objectives, evaluation and feedback, and a ‘prepare for clinical supervision’ checklist.

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Musculoskeletal Procedures Checklist

This checklist, developed by the University of Saskatchewan, allows preceptors to track the number of times a student performs specified assessment procedures or interventions.

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National Interprofessional Competency Framework: A Quick Reference Guide

Developed by the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, this document summarizes the six competency domains, along with three cross-cutting considerations (context, simple vs complex, and quality improvement) involved in effective interprofessional collaboration.

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The Hidden Curriculum: Do You know What Your Students are Really Learning?

This video presentation by Susan Murphy explores the influence that the hidden curriculum may have on students’ learning, provides examples, and provides methods more being more intentional about the learning environment.

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