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Special Sports & Orthopedic Clinical Internship Opportunites:

Sports Medicine Rotation: This rotation provides DPT students who have an interest in sports medicine the opportunity to combine physical therapy and direct athletic training experience. The internship consists of 20 hrs/wk treating patients in the UD PT Clinic, 15 hrs/wk treating athletes in the UD Training Room and 5 hrs/wk in Sports Medicine Surgery/Evaluation. This internship was developed in conjunction with the University of Delaware Athletic Training Department and is not open to DPT students who are certified Athletic Trainers.

Sports Medicine Rotation:

This rotation provides DPT students who have an interest in sports medicine the opportunity to combine physical therapy and direct athletic training experience. The internship consists of 20 hrs/wk treating patients in the UD PT Clinic, 15 hrs/wk treating athletes in the UD Training Room and 5 hrs/wk in Sports Medicine Surgery/Evaluation. This internship was developed in conjunction with the University of Delaware Athletic Training Department and is not open to DPT students who are certified Athletic Trainers.

Clinical Instructor (CI) Rotation:

During this experience, the student will have the opportunity to further their knowledge and evaluation/treatment skills of musculoskeletal conditions with an individual patient case load. This internship consists of 20 hrs/wk of direct, independent patient treatment and 15 hrs/wk of co-supervision of DPT II students. Co-supervision will provide the student the opportunity to develop mentoring skills associated with being a clinical instructor by guiding more junior students in treatment and documentation in their role as co-clinical instructor. The student will supplement the experience by reading, observation and reflection. A CI manual will be provided that will assist the student in identifying key factors to focus on throughout the CI experience. There is also the opportunity to observe medical procedures and physician office visits.

Orthopedic Module Rotation:

This affiliation is designed to provide an opportunity to further develop clinical skills in two specific areas of concentration (i.e., spine, shoulder, knee, etc.). The student will have 25 hours a week of patient care responsibilities. Patient care will be balanced between general orthopedics and patients in their chosen specialty area. Ten (10) hours will be spent observing physician office visits and surgery. Five (5) hours will be admin time; during this time the student is expected to observe consultations performed by treating therapists in the clinic, complete any necessary paperwork, perform medline searches on current pts to expand their knowledge, etc. They will also review literature in their chosen concentration area. The goal of this internship is to further the student's orthopedic experience while developing the foundation for clinical expertise in specific interest areas. The design of this affiliation is to develop self-directed learning for which the student is primarily responsible. This develops the professional growth needed to insure growth throughout the student's physical therapy professional career.

CCCI: Laura A. Schmitt, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC



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