Monday, April 07, 2008

A Clinical/Research Track Model for Physical Therapists

A story published in the San Diego Union Tribune regarding The Scripps Research Institute and their proposal to open a new medical school with a dual track for both clinical training as well as research would seem to be an excellent model for Physical Therapy education programs to consider.  Considering the strong push to further the EBM model and the considerable amount of solid research being produced of late this would seem to be an opportune time to consider this same model in order to train the clinical researchers of tomorrow.

This approach would certainly go a long way toward remedying my previously expressed concerns regarding the tendencies of our profession to adopt techniques and technologies before they have been adequately vetted by researchers and demonstrated their value and efficacy.