The prospect of students returning to the clinic while the COVID-19 pandemic continues may seem overwhelming to students and CIs alike. Collaborative clinical education (a model with more than 1 student per CI) has emerged as one strategy to create a supportive environment for students and CIs through peer learning and guided academic support. This interactive session outlines the evidence supporting benefits of collaborative education for all parties and offers specific tools and resources to structure the 2:1 experience.

Meet our Presenters

Catherine Bilyeu PT, DPT, OCS Catherine Bilyeu PT, DPT received a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba, Canada and completed a transitional DPT at the University of South Dakota in 2013. Dr. Bilyeu is a Senior Instructor and Clinical Education Team member in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and earned her Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification from the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine. Research interests are focused on excellence in physical therapist education including faculty development programs, assessment of teaching behaviors and exploration of alternative clinical education models.

Shelene Thomas PT, DPT, EdD, GCS, F-NAP Dr. Thomas completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Creighton University and returned over a decade later to complete a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary Leadership. Since then, her interest in interprofessional (IP) education has been heightened. This interest has led to positions on a National IP Education Committee, a mentor in the American IP Healthcare Collaborative, and as IP Coordinator at Regis University. Research interest lie in areas of IP practice and clinical education. Shelene holds a Geriatric Certified Specialist by APTA and is a Team Lead reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation In Physical Therapy Education.

Alice Davis PT, DPT, OCS Alice M. Davis, PT, DPT, OCS is an Associate Professor at Regis University. Dr. Davis has been a part of an innovative clinical education team for twelve years that cultivates and implements programs to support education development of clinical partners as well as design planning to respond to the ever-changing nature of clinical education including site development and selection processes for students. Dr. Davis’s research focuses in two areas: leadership development and collaborative clinical education models. Her current work in leadership examines the change in leadership profiles and self-perceptions post intentional training in several groups including DPT students, fellows in training in an orthopaedic manual physical therapy program and clinical instructors. Her work in the 2:1 model emphasizes the importance of creating innovative partnerships between academic and clinical practice for the purpose of fostering high quality clinical experiences for students and clinical faculty. She has presented her research and scholarship at peer-reviewed national and regional conferences. Dr. Davis currently serves on the Northwest Intermountain Consortium for Physical Therapist Clinical Education Executive Committee. She is an established Trainer for the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program and is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Davis has held several chair and board positions for the CO APTA spanning over two decades and has been recognized by the Colorado Chapter via the Outstanding Physical Therapist Award.

Katherine Myers PT, DPT Katie Myers PT, DPT is Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor at Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Myers graduated from Ithaca College in 2002 with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Alabama in 2008. Research interests include best practices in clinical education and the development of teaching excellence of clinical instructors. Dr. Myers is an active member of the Education Section of the APTA, serves as the secretary to the Carolina Clinical Education Consortium, and is an Academic Director-at-Large with ACAPT’s National Consortium of Clinical Educators

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  1. Understand principles of the 2:1 model in clinical education.
  2. Identify evidence to support the efficacy of the 2:1 model.
  3. Implement strategies to structure a 2:1 clinical experience.
  4. Analyze the critical components of the academic-clinical partnership in this model


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