New York-based Professional Physical Therapy, a provider of outpatient physical and hand therapy and rehabilitation services in the Northeast, announces the modification of their Clinical Affiliation Program to a virtual setting to adjust to the needs of students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this affiliation program, Professional Physical Therapy teams up with more than 100 schools and their students to provide a hands-on experience in a variety of orthopedic conditions. As all regular affiliations were cancelled, the University of Delaware sought out alternatives to allow their students to graduate on time. The clinical excellence team at Professional Physical Therapy developed a plan, identified clinical instructors willing to take on a virtual student, and hit the ground running with this program.
“Professional Physical Therapy demonstrated their flexibility as well as their true desire to reach for new opportunities and cutting edge practice when they agreed to host the University of Delaware Doctor of Physical Therapy students as virtual partners in the care of their telehealth patients,” stated Academic Director of Clinical Services and Residency Training at the University of Delaware, Tara Jo Manal. “Professional recognized that in this new time, students need to gain skills that were not even considered essential months ago. They embraced the opportunity to bring our students along as they pivoted to telehealth for the continued care of patients in need as COVID-19 hit.”
“The COVID pandemic has challenged the standard educational process for physical therapy students across the country. This pilot program leveraged technology and enabled physical therapy students to interact virtually with clinical instructors, patients, and educators. We have been honored to play a role in furthering physical therapist education during these difficult times and to partner with an exceptional educational program such as the University of Delaware,” added Frank Hoeffner, regional clinical excellence director at Professional Physical Therapy.
For more information, visit www.professionalpt.com.