Newsmakers

0

CSI and LaGuardia Physical Therapy Students Gather for Annual Event

April 03, 2017

Students from CSI and LCC take time out to pose for a group shot.

For the past five years, the faculty from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the College of Staten Island (CSI) and the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at LaGuardia Community College (LCC) have collaborated to provide students with an inter-professional experience. The Level 1 DPT students from CSI and the Level 1 and 2 PTA students from LCC met for this wonderful educational event.

Background information was provided to the students, regarding similarities and differences between the Physical Therapy (PT) and PTA professions, DPT and PTA curricula, as well as how to work together in a clinical setting.  The students also engaged in an exercise requiring collaboration between the students to come up with a treatment plan for a hypothetical patient scenario. Students also took part in a role-playing exercise that depicted how a real-life scenario might enfold between a PT and a PTA in a clinical setting. The event took place at CSI in Building 5N. The location alternates each year between CSI and LCC.

“As a first-year student in the College of Staten Island’s DPT program, I have been continuously taught the importance of communication between physical therapists and other healthcare professionals while working in the field. However, it is often difficult to demonstrate this discipline in a classroom setting that only consists of other PT students. The interdisciplinary seminar with the PTA students of LCC was an amazing opportunity to practice working together as a team and to begin incorporating necessary communication skills with each other. This collaborative workshop allowed us to develop a stronger awareness of the other’s profession, learn from one another, and simulate hypothetical scenarios that we will all likely experience in the future.  I left the seminar with a sharpened perspective of the PTA profession and ultimately feel more comfortable with my communication skills going forward in my physical therapy journey,” noted Sean Dwyer, Level 1 CSI DPT student.

“I used to think that a PTA was simply a liaison between doctor and patient, but it wasn’t until this experience that I realized we are more than that; PTAs are hard-working critical thinkers and DPTs value our opinions, skills, experiences, and judgement just as much as they value their education. I left that afternoon feeling even more proud of my professors, who not only love what they do, but taught it with such passion… This was a most privileged encounter that I will never forget and can only hope to one day pay it forward to the next generation of healthcare providers,” commented LCC Level II PTA student Amy Almeida.

 

 

By Amanda L. Rotondo, PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Education, Department of Physical Therapy


Comment with Facebook



Dolphins Digest »

FLASHBACK FRIDAY – #10 HALL OF FAME HONORS SIX IN 2016

Jun 23 – Flashback Friday looks at the top moments from the 2016-17 athletic year at the College of Staten Island.  It’s time to introduce our countdown this more »




 

  • Calling the Class of 2017! Together we can pay it forward to the next generation of CSI students. #CSI2017ClassGift… https://t.co/kx8wEkN7TZ 6 hours ago
  • The new Excelsior Award is here and the application deadline is rapidly approaching June 7- July 21. Apply today :… https://t.co/Fvn3nQXfUn 6 hours ago
  • There is still time to register for Summer courses! The next session begins July 3-27 https://t.co/xUaLbLB8eS https://t.co/Afu1awwfy5 8 hours ago
  • RT @IwamaKen: The Staten Island tech ecosystem starts here @techincubatorsi @csinews @CSIContinuingEd #technology #statenisland https://t.c… 1 day ago retweeted via IwamaKen
  • RT @IwamaKen: Celebrating the retirement of @csinews Vice President Ira Persky. https://t.co/U9yItxFLu3 1 day ago retweeted via IwamaKen