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MU School of Physical Therapy earns teaching innovation grant

Jul. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Penny Kroll and Rania Karim from the Marshall University School of Physical Therapy have received the Hedrick Program Grant for Teaching Innovation for the 2013-14 academic year.

Kroll is director of the physical therapy program, and Karim is an assistant professor with the school.

The Hedrick Grant is given annually from the Faculty Development Office in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Marshall. The grant funds an award of up to $5,000 for a project that supports innovations in teaching at the program level.

Approximately 320 students were brought together this past spring for three, three-hour seminars. They participated in activities designed to encourage inter-professional education, which occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective learning.

With the aid of the Hedrick Grant, Karim said students can build on these experiences and continue their interactions with different professionals to learn about improving patient care.

Both Kroll and Karim agree the need for inter-professional education is greater than ever due to miscommunication among health care workers, which can result in many costly medical errors. Pam Holland, director of clinical education in the Department of Communication Disorders, said the changing landscape of health care is one reason why inter-professional education is so important.

"If we can get our students exposed to this collaborative environment of working with individuals of different disciplines, we create meaningful interactions that improve student outcomes," Karim said. "Growing up in this educational environment will allow them to be more prepared for real-world situations."

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