About Theresa M. Joseph, DPT
I have had the opportunity to experience Physical Therapy (PT) from various perspectives. In my roles as clinician, consumer, advocate, and elevator, the expectations of PT practice which I view as constants are that::
1. The profession is a dynamic and vital part of the health-care and social community.
2. The practitioner is expected to provide the client with excellence in choice of clinical specialist, with care delivered in a professional and "safe" environment where the principles of ethical practice and cultural sensitivity are upheld. furthermore, I believe that an attitude of service to the community should be a driving factor in career choice to become PT for only thus can one truly embrace facilitation of healing and maximization of one's ability to interact with one's community. I believe that the foundation for these expectations is found in a "solid" clinical and didactic education. I encourage the collaboration of student, clinical instructors, program faculty, and administration and mentors, employers in the pursuit of such excellence.
As a Director of Clinical Education for the DPT program, I have a personal interest in the overall readiness of the students to engage in professional level of communication and use of good judgment in effective patient care as perceived by the student, faculty, and the clinical educator (CI) patient and caregivers. In addition, I have long viewed the facilitation of collaboration between various health care professions as a most critical component for the safe transition of the patient/client through the continuum of care and best outcomes. This focus of education should be integral in each clinical and didactic curriculum. As a substantial support of this objective, ongoing development of clinical Instructiors is integral to successful student clinical experiences. I remain committed to facilitating resources and forums for Continuing Education.