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Physical Therapy faculty honored for research in clinical reasoning, educational development

Physical therapy professor Jennifer Furze, Ph.D., at right, earned the Stanford Award for research published on physical therapy education.Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy have earned recognition for publishing groundbreaking research on clinical reasoning and physical therapy education.

Jennifer Furze, PT, DPT, PCS; Lisa Black, PT, DPT; Julie Hoffman, PT, DPT,CCS; JB Barr, PT, DPT, OCS; Teresa M. Cochran, PT, DPT, MS; and Gail M. Jensen, PT, Ph.D, FAPTA, authored “Exploration of Students’ Clinical Reasoning Development in Professional Physical Therapy Education” in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education in September. Furze, Black, Cochran and Jensen, along with Judith R. Gale, PT, DPT, OCS, MPH published “Clinical Reasoning: Development of a Grading Rubric for Student Assessment” in the same journal.

Furze, as first author on both articles, earned the coveted 2015 Stanford Award, bestowed on the writers of a manuscript containing the most influential educational ideas published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education in the calendar year.

The Stanford Award will be presented Feb. 19 at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, California. Furze will accept the award with Black, Gale, Hoffman, Barr and Jensen.

“We are honored to be recognized with the Stanford Award,” Furze said. “The educational research in this area with an overall outcome to improve student learning has been a focused and collaborative effort of many of our faculty. The impact of this research and the national acknowledgement affirms what we have been striving for as a faculty and university: leading with innovation to educate the next generation of competent, compassionate, value-centered, and patient-focused clinicians, teachers and researchers in physical therapy. I’m pleased to have this recognition and grateful to be part of a team with such expertise and wisdom in educational research who values the important work of educating physical therapists.”

At Convocation during Founder's Week, Furze was also cited as Creighton's 2016 Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship.

Furze helped develop a common core curriculum for physical therapy residents and also created and implemented a clinical reasoning grading rubric.

Her nomination for the award read, in part, "Dr. Furze's scholarship has ignited a profound interest among physical therapist educators and clinicians" and "Dr. Furze is seen as one of only a few educators in the profession who have successfully conducted research and approached the development of clinical reasoning through scholarly pursuit. Her work is well read, cited, and influential."

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