Last year I spent a lot of time preparing material to present at the Wisconsin PT spring conference and was disappointed when I learned the class was canceled the week prior due to low enrollment numbers. I worked with three other therapists for months going over the course objectives, course content and supporting research. Well, a few months later a local university contacted us and offered to host the course as a continuing education opportunity. So I haven't looked at the material in almost a year, and we're presenting the course next month!
I'm getting a little bit nervous. The course is four hours and focused on the practice of physical therapy in an intensive care setting, which I haven't practiced in for about six months. Since the time the class was set up and canceled, I transitioned to outpatient practice and my ICU skills have likely diminished in that time. As I look over my notes and the presentation for the course, I'm slowly remembering all the components and important factors to review. I'm getting excited as it gets closer and closer.
I love teaching. I love teaching my patients and find that to be one of the most rewarding parts of my profession. This opportunity to teach other clinicians is an extension of that passion. I was lucky enough to find three other talented therapists willing to teach this presentation with me, and together we've compiled all of our experiences and knowledge into this great course.
What about you? Have you ever taught a course before? What makes a clinician a good resource and teacher for continuing education coursework?