Event Title

Boot Camp: Bringing the Neuro Clinic to the Classroom

Speaker's Credentials

Dr. Leah Nof, PhD, MS, PT, c/NDT (Ccertified Neuro Developmental Treatment); Professor, Physical Therapy Program, Nova Southeastern University - Ft. Lauderdale

Dr. Joann Gallichio, PT, DSc, NCS (neurologic certified specialist); assistant Professor; HE-DPT Program, Nova Southeastern University- Tampa

Location

Auditorium B

Format

Podium Presentation

Start Date

21-1-2017 11:10 AM

End Date

21-1-2017 11:40 AM

Abstract

Introduction: Contemporary views of learning recognize the importance of having students engage in active learning. This approach favors curriculum methods designed to allow students to apply concepts being learned to real-world contexts. Neuro Boot Camp provides students with priceless experience working with volunteer patients with neurologic impairment to stimulate real world patient care. Purpose: This presentation will explain the design and execution of a week-long Neuro Boot Camp as a novel educational strategy to bring the clinic to the classroom. Description of Innovation: Neuro Boot Camp is the culminating experience in neurological classwork for students in the last semester of their didactic curriculum. Patient volunteers with neurologic conditions are recruited from the community to participate in Boot Camp, where they receive 2.5 or 5 hours of therapy per day for 5 days. Under the supervision of licensed PTs, students evaluate the volunteers on the first day, developing a plan of care that is reviewed by faculty and agreeable to the volunteer. The classroom is divided into 4 stations to address common impairments of individuals with neurological diagnoses. Students treat their assigned patient volunteer daily in each of the stations. On the 5th day, patient volunteers are reassessed and provided with a home exercise program. Interprofessional education is incorporated into students’ experience. Outcomes: Both students and patient volunteers benefit from the intense therapeutic experience. Repetitive practice of assessment, treatment, interaction with patient, and documentation enhance the skills of the student. Volunteers typically demonstrate improved physical function. Discussion: Boot Camp offers students intensive learning experiences in assessment and treatment while offering patient volunteers an invaluable service to improve function. A boot camp experience can be implemented by other disciplines and in other practice areas aside from neuro. Keywords: patient experiences, intensive practice, interprofessional education

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Jan 21st, 11:10 AM Jan 21st, 11:40 AM

Boot Camp: Bringing the Neuro Clinic to the Classroom

Auditorium B

Introduction: Contemporary views of learning recognize the importance of having students engage in active learning. This approach favors curriculum methods designed to allow students to apply concepts being learned to real-world contexts. Neuro Boot Camp provides students with priceless experience working with volunteer patients with neurologic impairment to stimulate real world patient care. Purpose: This presentation will explain the design and execution of a week-long Neuro Boot Camp as a novel educational strategy to bring the clinic to the classroom. Description of Innovation: Neuro Boot Camp is the culminating experience in neurological classwork for students in the last semester of their didactic curriculum. Patient volunteers with neurologic conditions are recruited from the community to participate in Boot Camp, where they receive 2.5 or 5 hours of therapy per day for 5 days. Under the supervision of licensed PTs, students evaluate the volunteers on the first day, developing a plan of care that is reviewed by faculty and agreeable to the volunteer. The classroom is divided into 4 stations to address common impairments of individuals with neurological diagnoses. Students treat their assigned patient volunteer daily in each of the stations. On the 5th day, patient volunteers are reassessed and provided with a home exercise program. Interprofessional education is incorporated into students’ experience. Outcomes: Both students and patient volunteers benefit from the intense therapeutic experience. Repetitive practice of assessment, treatment, interaction with patient, and documentation enhance the skills of the student. Volunteers typically demonstrate improved physical function. Discussion: Boot Camp offers students intensive learning experiences in assessment and treatment while offering patient volunteers an invaluable service to improve function. A boot camp experience can be implemented by other disciplines and in other practice areas aside from neuro. Keywords: patient experiences, intensive practice, interprofessional education