Event Title

The Great Debate - Healthcare Reform Through the Eyes of PT Students

Speaker's Credentials

PT, DPT, OCS

Director of Clinical Education

Location

Melnick

Format

Podium Presentation

Start Date

21-1-2017 2:05 PM

End Date

21-1-2017 2:35 PM

Abstract

The Great Debate – Healthcare Reform Through the Eyes of PT Students Introduction: Professional Issues in Physical Therapy is a 2nd-semester course designed to teach students about the profession from its history to current healthcare trends including laws and regulations. An active learning strategy was developed in 2012 to debate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the impact it would/could have on us as practitioners and consumers. Purpose: This presentation describes the instructional strategies used to engage students in active learning related to our Healthcare system and the ever-changing state of Healthcare reform. Description of Innovation: The multi-part assignment begins with research of background information on the ACA. The students must then write a position statement on Discussion Board stating why they are “For,” “Against,” or “Uncertain” on the ACA and respond to 2 classmates with different positions, encouraging learning from each other's perspectives. During our face-to-face time, a live debate is held where students share their positions and the facilitator/instructor asks questions for further discussion. During the last 10 minutes, each side gets together to "elect" a speaker to present their primary arguments in a final 2 minute wrap up. By the end of the 2-hour Oxford-style debate, students are asked to take a stance of “For” or “Against.” Outcomes: Every year, the percentage of students on each side correlates with the American population based on the polls presented in the literature. Students are engaged in this assignment and learn respect & mindfulness of differing positions. Student feedback will be provided. Discussion: Healthcare reform impacts all of us as practitioners and consumers. Our students’ understanding of its impact on practice is essential to their future.

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The Great Debate - Healthcare Reform Through the Eyes of PT Students

Melnick

The Great Debate – Healthcare Reform Through the Eyes of PT Students Introduction: Professional Issues in Physical Therapy is a 2nd-semester course designed to teach students about the profession from its history to current healthcare trends including laws and regulations. An active learning strategy was developed in 2012 to debate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the impact it would/could have on us as practitioners and consumers. Purpose: This presentation describes the instructional strategies used to engage students in active learning related to our Healthcare system and the ever-changing state of Healthcare reform. Description of Innovation: The multi-part assignment begins with research of background information on the ACA. The students must then write a position statement on Discussion Board stating why they are “For,” “Against,” or “Uncertain” on the ACA and respond to 2 classmates with different positions, encouraging learning from each other's perspectives. During our face-to-face time, a live debate is held where students share their positions and the facilitator/instructor asks questions for further discussion. During the last 10 minutes, each side gets together to "elect" a speaker to present their primary arguments in a final 2 minute wrap up. By the end of the 2-hour Oxford-style debate, students are asked to take a stance of “For” or “Against.” Outcomes: Every year, the percentage of students on each side correlates with the American population based on the polls presented in the literature. Students are engaged in this assignment and learn respect & mindfulness of differing positions. Student feedback will be provided. Discussion: Healthcare reform impacts all of us as practitioners and consumers. Our students’ understanding of its impact on practice is essential to their future.