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Atlanta's Northside Hospital Named Outstanding Clinical Partner

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Brandy Wilkins

The Northside Rehabilitation Services Department, part of Northside Hospital in Atlanta, has been named the 2019 Outstanding Clinical Partner by the Emory Division of Physical Therapy.

Brandy Wilkins, PT, DPT, SCCE, Northside’s system rehabilitation program coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the Atlanta-based five-hospital system.

By the end of 2019, Northside will have provided clinical training to eight Emory DPT students this year, more than twice the number in 2018. Students can serve in Northside clinics for as long as 12 weeks or as little as two weeks, depending on their experience. According to Wilkins, Emory DPT students are known for their “strong didactic knowledge” while the Emory DPT faculty is easy to work with.

What differentiates Emory DPT from other schools, Wilkins adds, is the varied experiences that students are exposed to before they reach clinical training.

“With Northside’s strong service line for oncology patients, we appreciate the fact that Emory values that as well when they’re teaching their students about oncology diagnoses,” Wilkins says. “They’re giving them a good foundation for being able to treat the oncology population.”

Emory DPT Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Education Patricia Bridges, PT, EdD, thanks Northside for its commitment to providing physical therapy students with an optimal clinical experience.

“Northside Hospital Department of Rehab Services is an excellent clinical site demonstrating characteristics of effective management, positive morale, collaborative working relationships, and professionalism as well as providing excellent patient care and learning experiences for Emory DPT students,” Bridges said. “Their desire for collaborative relationships with clinical partners has been evidenced by the annual meet and greet event for directors of clinical education. Emory DPT is grateful to have a partnership with Northside Hospital Department of Rehab Services.”

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