Physical therapy doctoral students to continue clinical rotations in face of COVID-19

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Ellen Costello, the director of the physical therapy program in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said she would update students with changes to the program as soon as possible.

Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program have been asked to continue their clinical rotations, according to an email obtained by The Hatchet Monday.

Ellen Costello, the director of the physical therapy program, said in an email that students should follow the infection control processes of the institution at which they are conducting rotations, adding that program leaders have had to “consider the ramifications” of curricular changes on program accreditation requirements. Costello said officials will update students with any changes as soon as possible.

“We continue to consider the public health of the community you are working in as well as you, our students,” Costello said in the email.

Costello was not immediately available for comment.

The physical therapy program’s accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, requires programs to have a clinical education component, according to the body’s guidelines.

Officials suspended clinical rotations for all students enrolled in Emergency Health Services courses earlier this month amid concerns over COVID-19.

Administrators confirmed the first student case of COVID-19 Wednesday, and officials announced Sunday that health care providers in GW’s medical enterprise tested positive for the virus.

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