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Boston's Beth Israel Named Outstanding Clinical Partner

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Joan Drevins leads the team of clinical physical therapy instructors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, one of the nation’s leading academic teaching hospitals, has been named the 2018 Outstanding Clinical Partner by the Division of Physical Therapy. Joan Drevins, Beth Israel’s long-time rehab education and research program coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the 637-bed hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

For 28 years, Drevins has led Beth Israel’s team of clinical instructors, which annually trains 100 physical therapy students from throughout the country, including two Emory students for 10 weeks each summer. The students serve in the hospital’s inpatient rotation.

“Emory is a highly regarded university nationwide, and they have a solid physical therapy program,” says Drevins, who noted that the Beth Israel/Emory partnership was in place before she arrived in 1990. “Emory students are known here to be very committed and highly engaged with their patients.”

Beth Israel uses a collaborative teaching model, assigning two students to one clinical instructor allowing students to collaborate, learn skills from each other and provide peer feedback. There is also an opportunity to interact with physical therapists who are in residency programs as well as occupational and speech therapy students.

Emory DPT Assistant Director of Clinical Education Tami Phillips, PT, DPT, MBA, says that student feedback from their experience at Beth Israel is always exceptional. “Our students value their experience at Beth Israel because the clinical instructors provide a safe space to ask questions, discuss ideas and provide feedback that is respectful and constructive, and they create opportunities to simulate challenging scenarios prior to real-life application.”

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