FCM661PT.01 (Reno)
Clinical Physical Therapy

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Clinical Physical Therapy
  • Short Name: FCM661PT.01 Clinical Physical Therapy
  • Course Number: FCM661PT.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department Contact: Kristen Alexander
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Preceptor: Lynn Kotlicky, PT, DPT

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.

Goals/Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how Physical Therapists diagnose and manage movement dysfunction, manage acute and chronic pain, address functional outcomes and improve quality of life.
  • Identify when a patient is appropriate for PT and how to properly refer them.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fiscal component of a specialty service, how it relates to Physical Therapy and establishing their plan of care.
  • Identify a variety of pain management techniques that are performed by Physical Therapists to assist with addressing the opioid problem.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary discussions to further understanding the scope of practice and education.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of musculoskeletal pain, movement dysfunction, functional outcomes and improvement of quality of life.

Description of Rotation

This elective is a clinical rotation that provides students with the opportunity to observe Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment of a broad range of musculoskeletal, neurological and vestibular diagnoses.  It will introduce proper referral processes, appropriate patient referrals, current pain management techniques outside of medications, and integration with allied health professionals.

Elective Availability:  (Typically Sept - Oct, and Mar - May, but please check for additional availability)

Elective Capacity:  1-2 medical students per rotation.

Elective Format: Outpatient setting with patient care as primary mode of learning.

Elective Credit:  2 clinical credits Time Commitment:  This is a 2 week commitment.  The student will be in the clinic Monday- Friday 8-5 or as discussed with the clinical instructor if different. 

Evaluation Method

Evaluations are provided by the provider that each student works with in addition to the student providing feedback about the experience. A summary is also provided by the coordinator or the clinical instructor. 

Grade

  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Grading Criteria

Pass/Fail.