Design, Development, and Implementation of Pediatric Physical Therapy Senior Clinical Internship Telerehabilitation Program: The Pandemic Impetus


The pandemic situation continues to affect the lives of many people including children with disabilities and their families globally especially in developing countries like the Philippines. Moreso, the operations of health programs, industries and economic sectors, as well academic training institutions are still challenged in terms of operations and delivery of services. The academic community of the Physical Therapy program is not spared by this circumstance. The restriction posted by the quarantine policies nearly terminated the onsite delivery of training programs for the senior internship level which challenged the academic institutions to implement flexible learning programs to ensure the continuity of the instructional and learning processes with full consideration of safety and compliance to health protocols. This paper presents the big picture of how a tertiary level health sciences institution in the Philippines embraced the senior clinical internship challenges through the operations of its telerehabilitation program. This paper specifically presents the design, development and implementation processes used by De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute – College of Rehabilitation Sciences Physical Therapy Department in its Pediatric Cluster Senior Clinical Internship Training Program which can serve as a benchmark model for other institutions as they continue to serve their stakeholders amidst the pandemic. The paper’s objectives yield to the – a.) determination of the Pediatric Telerehabilitation Model; b.) declaration of developed training program outcomes and thrusts, as well as relevant content; c.) explanation of the processes integral to the training program’s pedagogy and strategies in implementation; and the d.) evaluation

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Ma. Cecilia Licuan, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute, Philippines

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Higher education

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