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Consortium for the Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism (CHEP)

The consortium advocates for the importance of the humanities, ethics, and professionalism in physical therapy education practice because excellence in clinical practice requires the ability to make a meaningful connection with the patient and make decisions in uncertain circumstances.

The consortium provides a forum for discussion of the art of physical therapy and the lived experience of patients, and consortium provides a platform for sharing resources that focus on how to teach the humanities, ethics, and professionalism in physical therapy education.

Objectives: The consortium will

  1. Discuss and explore the role of humanities, ethics and professionalism in physical therapy.
  2. Advocate for the emphasis of the humanities, ethics, and professionalism in physical therapy education.
  3. Balance the pillars of evidence-based practice including patient values and preferences, clinical expertise, and best research evidence.
  4. Serve as a platform for sharing resources that focus on the humanities, ethics, and professionalism.

Membership:  The members will be any faculty members in physical therapy or physical therapist assistant programs interested in the humanities, ethics, and professionalism.

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Contact Us:

Jennifer Hastings PT PhD 
Consortium Chair

 Name Position   University     Email
Jennifer Hastings  Chair 2016-2019    University of Puget Sound    jhastings@pugetsound.edu
Sarah Luna  Secretary 2016-2019    University of the Incarnate World    seluna@uiwtx.edu
Nathaniel Brown

Web Admin 2016-2019

  University of the Incarnate World     nabrown1@uiwtx.edu
Cindy Dodds Nominating Chair 2016-2019    Medical University of South Carolina    doddscb@musc.edu
James Brennan

 Nominating Committee Member 2017-2020

  Sage Colleges    brennj@sage.edu
Donna Smith  Vice Chair 2017-2020   Emory University    dsmith5@emory.edu

Amber Fitzsimmons


University of California, San Francisco



 Shelly Lewis      University of the Sciences    m.lewis@usciences.edu

CHEP Educational Repository

Click on the hyperlink below to access our repository for classroom lessons and ideas related to humanities, ethics, and professionalism in physical therapy education. 

CHEP Repository

CHEP List Serve

We use our list serve as a way of discussing hot topics and share educational ideas related to the humanities, ethics, and professionalism within PT education. You can access it two ways: 

To join the CHEP list serve via an email invitation from yahoo groups:  http://www.screencast.com/t/lbj7fsToS5

To request to join the CHEP list serve via yahoo groups:  http://www.screencast.com/t/HMOh79M6VDED


Links to related material: 

Arts Practica: http://www.artspractica.com/

Health Humanities Consortium: https://healthhumanitiesconsortium.com/

The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation:    https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/journalofhumanitiesinrehabilitation/

Northwestern University

Bill Healey, PT, EdD, GCS

Saint Francis University

Jessica Cammarata, PT, DPT, NCS

Shenandoah University

Jill Boissonnault, PT, PhD, WCS

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Jameson, PT, DPT, MS

Springfield College

Regina Kaufman, PT, EdD, MS, NCS

The Universtiy of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Debbie Ingram, PT, EdD, FAPTA

University of Kentucky

Kara Lee, PT, DPT, NCS

University of Mississippi at the Medical Center

Kimberly Willis, DPT

University of Missouri

Christina Wisdom, PT, DPT, OCS

University of North Dakota

Tara Haj, DPT, NCS

University of the Sciences

Kimberly Wynarczuk, PT, DPT, PCS, MPH


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