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Area physical therapists will be gathering at Emory in early November for a seminar titled “Ethics and Jurisprudence for the Physical Therapist.” This course is designed to introduce and review basic concepts of professional ethics and the law as they pertain to the practice of physical therapy, especially in the state of Georgia.
Presenters will be Bruce Greenfield, PT, PhD, OCS, associate professor, Division of Physical Therapy at Emory, and David Taylor, PT, DPT, GCS clinical assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. During the session, they will:
- Describe terminology, concepts, and principles related to the practice of physical therapy ethics and jurisprudence
- Describe the ethical foundations of the Georgia Physical Therapy Act
- Discuss common moral issues and dilemmas in physical therapy practice
- Discuss examples of how cultural and ethnic differences may influence ethical practice
- Apply ethical decision-making principles to solve moral issues and dilemmas
- Describe the rules and regulations of the Georgia Physical Therapy Practice Act pertaining to referral, delegation and nature and scope of practice
- Describe the rules and regulations of the Georgia Physical Therapy Act pertaining to licensure renewal and continuing competency.
The Physical Therapy Association of Georgia requires four hours of ethics/jurisprudence as part of the 30 hours of continuing education required every two years when therapists renew their license. Emory offers this course at no cost to all the clinical instructors involved in clinical education of their students.
The course will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (registration from 8:00-8:30 am) at the Emory University School of Medicine, 168 Pierce Drive, Room 110.