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Jeff Lewandowski: 'A Role Model of the Highest Order'

2019 Clinical Educator Award
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Jeff Lewandowski

After having what he described as a “bad” clinical training experience as a student several years ago, Jeff Lewandowski, PT, DPT, ATC, MTC, SCS, determined that he would be the clinical instructor that he wished he had had.

“I was only about a year out of college and I had already mapped out what I would and would not do as an instructor,” says Lewandowski, who leads SportsCare Physical Therapy with two locations in Metro Atlanta.

It’s safe to say that Lewandowski, who has been practicing since 1986 treating patients with general orthopedic and sports-related injuries, has accomplished his goal. This year, the Emory Division of Physical Therapy named Lewandowski, who estimates he has trained about 60 Emory DPT students over the past 25 years, its Clinical Educator of the Year recipient.

Lewandowski, who also serves as an adjunct professor for Emory DPT, is committed to creating an environment for students that encourages them to prepare for each patient in advance.

“I assign directed reading for the students, exploring one joint system at a time,” Lewandowski explains. “We spend time reviewing the information and then practice examinations, manual therapy and dosed exercise prescription before providing in-depth evaluation and treatment to patients. It is not good for the patient, student or my private practice to have students jump into a clinical situation if they are not confident and effective.”

Emory DPT Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Education Patricia Bridges, PT, EdD, praised Lewandowski’s years of dedication to educating Emory PT students.

“Dr. Jeff Lewandowski is a role model of the highest order,” Bridges says. “Not only does he demonstrate expertise in orthopedic physical therapy and use clinical reasoning that integrates evidence, unique patient-centered knowledge and skills, he also fosters self-directed learning with every student. Emory DPT is fortunate to have a long history of Dr. Lewandowski making a difference in the professional development of Emory DPT students and the future of our profession.”

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