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Senior Partners in Clinical Education Program Featured in National Publication

July 20, 2023
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) highlighted the Senior Partners in Clinical Education (SPICE) in its June issue.

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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) featured a program of the Anderson University College of Health Professions in its June magazine. 

Senior Partners in Clinical Education (SPICE) brings physical therapy students together with a senior partner as they go through physical therapy school. 

Dr. Martha Hinman, now retired from the College of Health Professions, thought that putting a senior volunteer from the community  together with every student going through physical therapy school, could mentor and encourage them and play an active role in helping the students develop their clinical skills?”

Dr. Cindy Watson, an assistant professor at Anderson University, designed and implemented the SPICE program. 

It is very exciting for AU School of Physical Therapy to be recognized for our unique senior mentor program. APTA Magazine is considered ‘the signature membership publication of the American Physical Therapy Association’ and, as such, it reaches a national audience. In the interview with APTA, our students did a wonderful job conveying what the program has meant to them, and that speaks volumes. The bottom line is that we have been blessed with the opportunity to create something meaningful and effective for our graduate level students and we hope to share that with other physical therapy programs across the country,” Watson said.

“I am so incredibly proud of our School of Physical Therapy faculty members and their successes of being recognized in this magazine. The APTA is a well recognized periodical that is read by the wide community of physical therapists. Our SPICE program is certainly noteworthy and exemplifies the talents of our faculty to educate our students. I especially am thankful to our wonderful seniors within our community willing to give of their time to help educate our students and to be a clinical partner,” said Dr. Donald Peace, dean of the Anderson University College of Health Professions.

APTA Magazine is published monthly by the American Physical Therapy Association. A pdf version of the latest issue is available online.

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