EIM run an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program which is a planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education for physical therapists designed to advance the physical therapist resident’s preparation as a provider of patient care services in orthopaedic physical therapy. the 2009 EIM Residents recently completed an assignment which involved making pages in Physiopedia as part of the capstone course in their residency training. They created some great pages and really helped us to increase the content within Physiopedia, so thanks to all those involved including Eric Robertson who co-ordinated the project.
In these early days of Physiopedia we are very pleased to have partnered with our first group of educational institutions. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Evidence in Motion, Regis University and the Medical College of Georgia have all been innovative and enthusiastic in their commitment to this open access project. We have been working with them to create assignments and modules for their students to complete within Physiopedia or to donate valuable content created by their students to Physiopedia.
As well as acknowledging these partnering institutions on the acknowledgements page we have now given them a profile page of their own. This allows us to inform our readers a little more about our partnering instituitons, provides a place to publish the way in which these institutions are collaborating with Physiopedia and link to the work that their students have completed.
See what our partnering institutions have been up to:
The RCSI student module that has taken place in Physiopedia is now complete. The foundation year students created two new pages, Auscultation and Apley’s Test. They were assessed on their work following a final presentation and the project co-ordinator, Aileen Barrett, was very pleased with the outcome.
The first ever student module in Physiopedia has been a great success. From the feedback that we have received it seems that the students enjoyed the project as did the project co-ordinator. It has been a learning curve for all of us and I will certainly be using the experience to develop a more seamless experience for further educational projects in Physiopedia.
Tyler Shultz, a physical Therapy student from the Medical College of Georgia, has been using Physiopedia in a new and novel way. He has been using it to study for his orthopaedic classes and in doing so, not only has it been a valuable learning and reference tool for him, but he has also helped to develop this resource for therapists worldwide.
Tyler explains his experiences with Physiopedia by saying “I have been using Physiopedia as a platform to review my anatomy and foundational physical therapy knowledge (like with the GH and AC joint pages) as well as a place to post information about the special tests I have learned more recently in my ortho class (see Hawkins/Kennedy Test). I have quickly discovered that posting to Physiopedia has forced me to constantly review my notes from class, texts, and peer-reviewed articles for relevant information and data, and in doing so I am studying and more importantly, learning the information because I am reproducing, practicing, and constantly re-reading it. In addition, once the information I post to Physiopedia is live on the web, it is extremely easy and quick to reference during class or when I am studying (and I know it is correct!). I have found the wiki-based style of Physiopedia easy to learn and understand, which makes posting to Physiopedia worth the time and effort to do so. And because Physiopedia is evidence-based, it is forcing me to become more efficient (and effective) at finding evidence-based research studies and resources related to the topics I am learning about, which will be extremely beneficial for me in my future career as a physical therapist”.
We are very grateful to Tyler for his contributions and hope that in time many more physical and physio therapists will join us in the creation of this great resource. If there are any other students out there that would like to use Physiopedia, please mention where you are a student when registering for your account or you can contact me directly for further advice.