Professional Physical Therapy has modified its Clinical Affiliation Program with the University of Delaware to a virtual setting to adjust to the needs of students during the COVID-19 pandemic, it announces.

As part of its affiliation program, Professional teams up with 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 moved forward with the modifications, Professional PT shares in a media release.

“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. 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.”

— Tara Jo Manal, Academic Director of Clinical Services and Residency Training at the University of Delaware

“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.”

— Frank Hoeffner, Regional Clinical Excellence Director at Professional Physical Therapy

Professional Physical Therapy is a provider of outpatient physical and hand therapy and rehabilitation services in the Northeast United States. For more information, visit Professional Physical Therapy.

[Source(s): Professional Physical Therapy, PRWeb]

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