Jason Myerson (Adjunct Faculty), Ellen Wetherbee (Director of Clinical Education at Quinnipiac University), and Mario Paredes (A recent student of Quinnipiac’s academic/clinical readiness program) come onto HETPodcast to talk about Quinnipiac’s DPT Academic & Clinical Readiness Program to better enhance student readiness prior to entering their clinical rotations and entering the work force as a contributing solution to addressing some of the issues with DPT education.


Jason Myerson

Jason is a 2005 graduate of Quinnipiac University with his master’s in Physical Therapy. He went on to complete Manual Therapy Residency and Fellowship training through the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2011 and 2012. Through the OGI he achieved a Doctorate in Manual Therapy in 2012 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2013. Jason became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2013 and completed a certification in Dry Needling (CMTPT) through Myopain Seminars in December of 2014. Jason gained his DPT from Arcadia University in 2015. Jason is an adjunct faculty at Quinnipiac University. He serves as faculty with Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments (IAMT) and Select Physical Therapy instructing weekend continued education courses and well as manual therapy (COMT) and Dry Needling certification courses. Jason Myerson is a physical therapist for Select Physical Therapy in Shelton, CT.

Ellen Wetherbee-McDevitt

Ellen worked full-time in outpatient orthopedic settings for over 10 years and supervised several students during their clinical experiences. In 1996, she became an Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at the University of Hartford. In addition to being an ACCE, she taught in the lab components for the musculoskeletal content as well as a course on education in the clinical setting. She received a Masters of Education from the University of Hartford in 2001 and a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2006. In 2013, she became Director of Clinical Education at Quinnipiac University. Throughout her career, she has published articles and presented at national conferences on issues related to various aspects related to the quality and climate of clinical education.

Mario Paredes

Mario is a 2018 graduate from Quinnipiac University where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While pursuing his degree in physical therapy, Mario has immersed himself in continuing education courses and mentorships that focus on manual therapy, movement mechanics, strength and conditioning, common injuries, and preventative rehabilitation. Mario looks forward to continuing his education as a current resident through Sacred Heart University’s residency program.

List of Resources

Phillips, A. C., Mackintosh, S. F., Bell, A., & Johnston, K. N. (2017). Developing physiotherapy student safety skills in readiness for clinical placement using standardised patients compared with peer-role play: A pilot non-randomised controlled trial. BMC Medical Education, 17(1). doi:10.1186/s12909-017-0973-5. https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-017-0973-5 

Smith, S. N., & Crocker, A. F. (2017). Experiential learning in physical therapy education. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, Volume 8, 427-433. doi:10.2147/amep.s140373 https://www.dovepress.com/experiential-learning-in-physical-therapy-education-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-AMEP

Dalwood, N., Maloney, S. R., Cox, N., & Morgan, P. E. (2018). Preparing Physiotherapy Students for Clinical Placement: Student Perceptions of Low-Cost Peer Simulation. A Mixed-Methods Study. Simulation in Healthcare13(3), 181-187. DOI: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000276 (FULL VERSION NOT AVAILABLE VIA LINK, EMAIL brandonpoen@gmail.com for full article)

Link to Ellen’s Involved Research with Education: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C47&q=ellen+wetherbee&btnG= 

Diane U Jette, Alicia Bertoni, Renee Coots, Heidi Johnson, Catherine McLaughlin, Cody Weisbach; Clinical Instructors’ Perceptions of Behaviors That Comprise Entry-Level Clinical Performance in Physical Therapist Students: A Qualitative Study, Physical Therapy, Volume 87, Issue 7, 1 July 2007, Pages 833 843, https://doi.org/10.2522/ptj.20070003 https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/87/7/833/2742162 

Ellen’s Email Address: Ellen.Wetherbee-McDevitt@quinnipiac.edu  

Jason’s Email Address: jbmyerson@gmail.com  

Jason’s Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/thecraftmanualtherapist/ 

Mario’s Email Address: mario.paredes@quinnipiac.edu  

Mario’s Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/maparedes312/ 

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