Academic Dishonesty in Physical Therapy Education: Do Faculty and Learners Agree?
Academic dishonesty in higher education has become an increasing concern among faculty and administrators. Additionally, there is evidence to support that characteristics associated with acts of academic dishonesty may carry over into the workplace. This presents significant concerns across all career paths, particularly those that involve the care of another individual, although there is limited research specifically on academic dishonesty within physical therapy education. The presenters will share the results of a recent survey of physical therapy programs in the Southeast that compared the responses of faculty and students, and found significant differences in their perspectives of what constitutes acts of academic dishonesty. The presenters will discussion the findings in the context of previous literature. Better understanding both perspectives will help faculty and learners to create an environment that lends itself to a lower incidence of such acts. This conversation can lay the foundation for future discussions regarding potential strategies to minimize academic dishonesty within physical therapy education.
Meet our Panelists
Paul Salamh: Dr. Paul Salamh is an assistant professor in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. He is an educator, clinical researcher, and physical therapist in the areas of musculoskeletal and sports medicine. His passions include bringing research and practice into the classroom to promote critical thinking among learners. He received his BS in health sciences from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2003, his DPT from Duke University in 2007 and his PhD from Nova Southeastern University in 2015. He completed the first faculty development residency in the country at Duke University in 2016. Dr. Salamh has over 25 peer-reviewed publications, he is a manuscript reviewer for 11 peer-reviewed international journals and sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Trials in Orthopedic Disorders. Dr. Salamh was the awarded The President’s Volunteer Service Award by the President Obama in 2011, is the recipient of the Achievement of Distinction-Outstanding Research Manuscript Award given by the sports physical therapy section of the APTA in 2013, and recently received the Duke University Emerging Leader Alumni Award in 2017.
Kyle Covington: Dr. Covington is assistant professor and Director of Assessment and Evaluation for Duke University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Additionally, he serves as the primary educational consultant for Duke Global Medicine’s AiME project, focused on advancing medical education globally through sustainable delivery methods of high quality health professions education. He completed his PhD studies at North Carolina State University in 2015 focusing on Educational Research and Policy Analysis in Adult Education. In 2004 he graduated from Duke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He received his bachelor of sciences degree from Wake Forest University in Health and Exercise Science. He has extensive experience in clinical education and didactic curriculum and program development with a concentrated interest in integrated collaborative learning models. He currently serves the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division as the Director of Assessment and Evaluation. His research interests focus on professional development in the clinical learning partnership between instructors and students and on best practices of education in the health professions. He is an instructor for the APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program. He has held several offices in the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association and is currently one of the delegates to the American Physical Therapy Association’s national House of Delegations and President of the state association. Additionally, Dr. Covington is a board certified neurologic specialist and continues to practice in the outpatient neurologic specialty clinics in the Duke Health System.
Chad Cook : Dr. Cook is professor at Duke University, the program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division with a category A appointment in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service and 17 years of academic experience. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from Maryville University (St. Louis) in 1990 and PhD (2003) from Texas Tech University. Dr. Cook received fellowship status at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2006. Dr. Cook has published over 210 peer reviewed papers and has keynoted in 6 continents and numerous countries. He has two textbooks in their 2nd edition and a third textbook in its first edition. Dr. Cook has a long-standing history of service roles as an editor-in-chief or associate/special topics editor for multiple journals including JOSPT and BJSM. Dr. Cook has won numerous awards locally at Duke for teaching, is the 2009 Baethke-Carlin award winner for the American Physical Therapy Association, is the 2008 recipient of the Helen Bradley career achievement award, is the 2005 winner of the J Warren Perry Distinguished Authorship Award, and was the 2017 Pauline Cerasoli lecturer. In addition, Dr. Cook is also the 2011 winner and was the 2012 and 2013 cowinner of the AAOMPT Excellence in Research Award.
Anne Thompson : Dr. Anne Thompson is an associate professor and the director of the Armstrong State University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She is also the department head for Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Thompson earned a BS in Psychology from the College of William and Mary, MS in Physical Therapy from Duke University, and Doctor of Education from Georgia Southern University. She is a certified Clinical Instructor Trainer and holds the credential of Advanced Clinical Instructor. She also teaches continuing competency courses regularly on ethics and jurisprudence. She also has an extensive background in clinical administration, including hospital, outpatient, and corporate physical therapy practices. Within the university, she served as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs (2010-12), chair of the SACS Reaffirmation Committee (2007-13), and Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions (2014-15).
Dr. Thompson is very active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She served as Vice President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) from 1998-2002 and as President from 2005 - 2008. She is currently a member of the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy. She is an elected member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) Nominating Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the APTA sections for Education, Acute Care, and Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Care. She continues clinical practice in wound and acute care.
Amanda Beaty : Ms. Beaty is a member of the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2018. She has enjoyed co-leading the Duke DPT Neuro-Geriatrics Special Interest Group, Duke DPT United, and serving on the Duke AHEAD Learner Advisory Board. In her first career, Ms. Beaty was a researcher and lab manager in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as a dance instructor and performer. Her professional interests include movement disorders, stroke rehabilitation, and innovation in interprofessional clinical education. Ms. Beaty holds an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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- Review current literature surrounding the topic of academic dishonesty in higher education, and more specifically physical therapy education.
- Discuss the differing perspectives of both faculty and learners regarding what constitutes academic dishonesty in physical therapy education.
- Understand the role of both faculty and learners in minimizing acts of academic dishonesty.
- Discuss potential strategies for minimizing academic dishonesty within physical therapy education.
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