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Student Experiences in Creating and Launching a Student-Led Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic: A Qualitative Investigation.
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PMID:  23431216     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Standards for the physical therapy profession call for the provision of pro bono services. Little is known about the impact on students involved in sustainable pro bono leadership. One physical therapy program established a pro bono physical therapy clinic under the direct leadership of a board of students. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of the inaugural Student Board (Board) members in creating and launching the student-led pro bono physical therapy clinic. METHODS: A purposive sample of the 18 members participated in semi-structured interviews. Content analysis was conducted with the assistance of NVivo8 software. Trustworthiness was enhanced with credibility, transferability, and confirmability. RESULTS: The emergent categories included leadership skill development; competency in handson clinical and administrative skills; and commitment to both the community and the clinic. Pride emerged as a strong and overarching theme throughout the experience. CONCLUSIONS: The student-led pro bono clinic experience meets several CAPTE criteria in a sustainable manner and serves as a means to measure and meet program mission and goals. The student-led and student-run model was a meaningful experience and developed ownership, leadership skills, and pride among the participating students. There are also possibilities for expanding these experiences such that all students can benefit from pro bono service opportunities.
Jill Black Lattanzi; Kerstin M Palombaro; Robin L Dole
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical therapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1538-6724     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Ther     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0022623     Medline TA:  Phys Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
J.B. Lattanzi, PT, DPT, EdD, Institute for Physical Therapy Education, Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA 19013 (USA).
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