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A Winning Clinical Partner Close to Home

By Dana Goldman

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Emory University Hospital’s Barbara Hewett coordinates clinical education for Emory DPT students.  

The Division of Physical Therapy has chosen Emory University Hospital as Outstanding Clinical Partner of the Year for 2017. Barbara Hewett, MEd, OTR/L, who coodinates clinical education, accepted the award on behalf of the hospital.

Hewett credits the hospital’s clinical instructors for students’ positive experiences. “Our clinical instructors are totally amazing. They’re knowledgeable and committed to providing the best clinical education experience.” In fact, all the clinical instructors at Emory University Hospital have completed the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program.

“At Emory University Hospital, clinical instructors use guidance and feedback to help students become active, independent, problem-solvers,” says Patricia H. Bridges, PT, EdD, associate professor and director of clinical education for the Division of Physical Therapy.

Eight Emory DPT students will complete rotations at Emory University Hospital this year. Hewett focuses on scheduling, student assignments, needed documentation, and clarifying expectations for students and instructors. “Communication is most important,” says Hewett. “Going from a clinic to an acute care setting can create a lot of anxiety for students. I want to make sure students come prepared and have a positive experience.”

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