Campus

Dahlonega

Publication date

6-1-2021

Publisher

Interprofessional Journal of Healthcare and Research Vol. 1, Article 3. Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/ijhr/vol1/iss1/3

Book or Journal Information

The Interprofessional Journal of Healthcare and Research (IJHR) is a peer-reviewed academic journal whose aim is to present novel insights into collaborative research in healthcare and the related sciences. Articles to be published in IJHR will be original and of interest to a broad audience in the healthcare field. Research articles, systematic review articles, and a limited number of editorial submissions will be hosted for academic faculty and clinical researchers. The Editors especially invite submissions of research from graduate and undergraduate students..

Keywords

Interprofessional Education, collegiality, critical thinking, physical therapy and nursing students, mission trips, international service-learning.

Abstract

Purpose: This qualitative study examines how engaging Interprofessional student teams in global health mission trips affects critical thinking, Interprofessional engagement, and collegiality in health profession students. Two pedagogical strategies that foster broad integrated knowledge and skills are the use of Interprofessional Education (IPE) and International service-learning (ISL) opportunities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)(2010), “Interprofessional education is a necessary step in preparing a ‘collaborative practice-ready’ health workforce that is better prepared to respond to local health needs.”

Author Biography

Donald J. Walsh, PT, DPT, MS Associate Professor Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy 706-864-1479 don.walsh@ung.edu Office: Health and Natural Sciences, 466, Dahlonega Dr. Walsh, a licensed physical therapist since 1987, is an associate professor at the University of North Georgia since 2014. He has held PT licenses in NJ, VA, GA, and FL to include practice settings of hospital-based administration of rehab services, home care, occupational medicine, spine care, sports medicine, and outpatient orthopedics. Dr. Walsh earned the DPT degree from Arcadia University in 2013, the post-professional M.S. degree in Biomechanical Trauma from Lynn University in 1997, and the entry-level B.S.P.T. from Rutgers University (Kean/UMDNJ) in 1987. As a member of the APTA since 1985, Dr. Walsh achieved ABPTS certification in Orthopedics in 1998, and was recertified in both 2008 and 2018. A current member of APTA-Georgia, Dr. Walsh held leadership roles including Delegate, District Director, and Vice President. He also served as a CARF surveyor from 2000 – 2006 and was appointed to the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy where he served from 2006-2012. Dr. Walsh’s current teaching responsibilities include clinical-based courses in PT examination, musculoskeletal series, therapeutic exercise, physical agents/interventions, primary care physical therapy, medical terminology/documentation, and dry needling. He is the faculty founder and co-coordinator of the pro-bono physical therapy STAR clinic, seeing patients along with students on a regular basis. Research/Special Interests Dr. Walsh’s scholarly agenda is varied and relies on broad expertise. He has several publications and presentations. His current research projects include core stability training, UE motor control, group drumming, optimal LBP outcomes, and inquiry related to pro bono PT clinics.

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Interprofessional Education and Service Learning: Improving Critical Thinking and Collegiality Through International Health Mission Trips

Purpose: This qualitative study examines how engaging Interprofessional student teams in global health mission trips affects critical thinking, Interprofessional engagement, and collegiality in health profession students. Two pedagogical strategies that foster broad integrated knowledge and skills are the use of Interprofessional Education (IPE) and International service-learning (ISL) opportunities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)(2010), “Interprofessional education is a necessary step in preparing a ‘collaborative practice-ready’ health workforce that is better prepared to respond to local health needs.”