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PTRM 6012 Clinical Science in Physical Therapy I: Acute Medical and Orthopedic Conditions (Fall and Spring)


Credits: 10

Course Description:

This course is the first of three problem-based learning (PBL) courses that are designed to foster critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice for comprehensive and effective patient/client management. Students are assigned to small tutorial groups with a faculty tutor. Groups meet bi-weekly to discuss patient/client management of hypothetical clinical cases. In these tutorial sessions, students identify learning issues associated with a case, examine and critique resources, discuss readings, and contribute to their own learning and that of their group members through dynamic group interactions. Discussions include matters relating to professional behavior, scientific and clinical knowledge, and competent performance of clinical skills. Weekly lectures provide students information to supplement their own case research. Laboratories that take place four days each week provide the means for students to learn the psychomotor skills associated with specific types of patient/client problems, and to raise additional cases for students to consider. One of the weekly labs is dedicated to the use of modalities. The first half of this course focuses on the individuals with integumentary pathologies such as burns, wounds, or limb amputation, and individuals with cardiopulmonary pathologies. The second half of the course concentrates on orthopedic conditions, primarily of the limbs.