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Consortium for the Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism (CHEP)

ACAPT's Consortium of Humanities, Ethics & Professionalism (CHEP) believes that excellence in physical therapy education and 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.  CHEP also provides a platform for sharing resources that focus on how to teach the humanities, ethics, and professionalism in physical therapy education.

Objectives:

  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

CHEP members can be any faculty members in ACAPT member physical therapy educational institution programs interested in the humanities, ethics, and professionalism.

Physical Therapy Student Essay Contest - $250 award

CHEP joins the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR) to sponsor the annual Physical Therapy Student Writing Competition. The winner receives a $250 award from CHEP, and the contest winner and two finalists will have their essays published in a future issue of JHR. See details below in the "Resources" section. Deadline: annually in January. 

Classroom Resource Repository Available

Find the new classroom activity/lesson repository for the humanities, ethics, and professionalism by going to the "Resources" tab below. Please consider contributing to the repository by sending your ideas to chep@acapt.org.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 CHEP grant:

  • Dr. Sarah Blanton of Emory University and
  • Dr. Amanda LaLonde of the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Blanton and LaLonde were each awarded $500 for their proposals entitled "Disability through Poetry: An Interprofessional Education Workshop” and “Embodied Therapy, Restriction, Reflexion, Connection” respectively. Thank you to all who applied for this award!

For inquiries about the Consortium for Humanities, Ethics & Professionalism (CHEP), email: chep@acapt.org

CHEP's Purpose: To illustrate the central themes of the consortium initiatives and provide ideas and resources for integrating humanities, ethics, and professionalism into PT curricula.

Description:

 

We believe scholarship focusing on the “art of physical therapy” and the “lived experience” of the patient is needed. Further, we advocate that a course correction is needed to embrace all three pillars of evidence- based practice with equipoise.

 

The educational community needs to be intentional in the cultivation of humanistic values in the professional curricula. In 1976, a Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ editorial stated, “… the choice between the arts or science represents a false and dangerous dichotomy. In many aspects of the doctor and patient relationship, the knowledge and understanding of drama, literature, and philosophy can greatly help understanding.”1,2 As Johanna Shapiro points out,  “[Medicine] is a kind of a renaissance profession in that it really requires all of the brain, all of the heart, all of the soul, and you can’t get that only through science.”3

 

The inclusion of the humanistic values into healthcare practices addresses perspectives from the patient, clinician, and educators with overlapping intentions.

  • For patients, the avenues of the humanities often provide a means of self-care to promote health and resiliency, giving a space for well-being of body, soul, and mind.
  • Clinicians with a foundation in humanities may design treatment strategies better addressing the holistic needs of patients.
  • In addition, such a clinician may find a personal outlet in aspects of the humanities to balance the emotional demands of patient care.
  • Lastly, embedding  the humanistic values into student education leads to improvement of observation skills, empathy, communication, and self-reflection, each of which facilitates patient-centered care and positive outcomes.3-5 Humanities education may provide students with an approach to develop self-care strategies and resiliency as they face the many negative consequences of dealing with illness day in and day out.3, 5   

 

The interplay of professionalism, humanities, and ethics should be recognizably tight. We believe the consummate professional clinician is indeed the renaissance clinician.

Relevance:

 

To educate toward excellence and expert practice, we need to instill the ability to make judgment in uncertain conditions. With exposure to elements of humanism embedded into curricula, students are enabled to think from multiple viewpoints.

 

Operational definition of the humanities:

"Attention to the humanities in physical therapy education helps to develop and nurture skills of observation, analysis, empathy and self-reflection.  The humanities are those disciplines that explore and seek to understand the meaning of 'being a human being' in the world."

References: 


  1. Editorial. The arts as aids to learning. Journal of Royal College of General Practitioners. 1976;26:555-559.
  2. Fieschi L, Matarese M, Vellone E, Alvaro R, De Marinis MG. Medical humanities in healthcare education in Italy: a literature review. Ann Ist Super Sanita. 2013;49(1):56-64.
  3. Krisberg K. Humanities program helps medical students see through a patient's eyes. 2014; https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/reporter/may2014/380438/humanities.html, 2016.
  4. Dennhardt S, Apramian T, Lingard L, Torabi N, Arntfield S. Rethinking research in the medical humanities: a scoping review and narrative synthesis of quantitative outcome studies. Med Educ. 2016;50(3):285-299.
  5. Macnaughton J. The humanities in medical education: context, outcomes and structures. Med Humanit. 2000;26(1):23-30.

 

CHEP is seeking nominations for a Nominating Committee member. This is a 3-year term leadership position, in which the elected individual will serve as the Chair of the Nominating Committee during his/her third and final year.  

Duties include:

    1. Assist the Nomination Committee Chair to identify candidates for CHEP leadership positions and obtain associated administrative statements from candidates.
    2. Coordinate with Nomination Committee Chair to manage and review CHEP grants.

Interested individuals should contact Jim Brennan at brennj@sage.edu.

 Name Position   University     Email
Cindy Dodds  Chair 2019-2022    Medical University of South Carolina    doddscb@musc.edu
 Donna Smith

Vice Chair 2017-2020

  University of Vermont     donna.smith@uvm.edu
           
Sarah Luna  Secretary 2019-2022    University of the Incarnate World    seluna@uiwtx.edu
Nathaniel Brown

Web Admin 2019-2022

  University of the Incarnate World     nabrown1@uiwtx.edu
James Brennan Nominating Chair 2019-2022    Sage Colleges    brennj@sage.edu
 Bruce Greenfield Nominating Committee Member 2018-2021   Emory University     bgreenf@emory.edu
Sarah Caston

 Nominating Committee

Member 2019-2022

  Emory University    sarah.caston@emory.edu
 Shelly Lewis      University of the Sciences    m.lewis@usciences.edu








CHEP-JHR Student Essay Contest:  CHEP joins the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR) to sponsor a judged writing competition designed to encourage deep thinking by students about the role and value of humanities, ethics and professionalism in academic training and professional life.   The annual CHEP/JHR Physical Therapy Student Essay Contest submissions are accepted annually from mid-November to January.  See details here.

CHEP Grant: The purpose of this $500 grant award for faculty is to support novel research, education, or practice opportunities that aim to foster the integration of the Humanities, Ethics, and/or Professionalism into physical therapy education.  The annual deadline is early December.  Revisit this site for details and recaps of winners.

CHEP Educational Repository

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


CHEP List Serve

Use the sign-up instructions below, and tell us all about the good things you are doing with Humanities, Ethics, and Professionalism in physical therapy education!

To find older messages after you join:

  1. Click on “my settings” toward the bottom of any email you have received from the CHEP listserv. This will link you to a screen that has a tab for messages on the left of the screen. Click on “messages” to find messages that have been sent in the listserv
  2. Alternatively, you can go to gaggle.email and sign in. Then scroll up and a box will appear on the bottom right of the screen that you can click on to find your groups. After clicking on this, you enter your email. An email will be sent to you. In the email will be a blue box that says “member”. Click on that box and you will be taken to the CHEP page on gaggle.

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