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University of South Florida

USF Health Honors SPTRS Director of Clinical Education As A Culture Champion

Trying to ensure clinical education during a pandemic when things were constantly changing was extremely difficulty. Stephanie Anderson, PT, DPT, OCS, director of clinical education (DCE) for the USF Health School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences (SPTRS), was tasked with the challenge. Dr. Anderson had to pull SPTRS students from their clinical education at the beginning of the pandemic, but then she worked with faculty to create a virtual clinical education experience for students until it was safe for them to return in person. Once the students were able to return, Dr. Anderson secured enough placements for students of the Class of 2020 in order for them to graduate on time. Dr. Anderson exemplified USF Health Culture of excellence, respect and inclusion, accountability, compassion and passion, and interprofessionalism. “Without Dr. Anderson’s hard work and dedication to our students, we would not have been able to successfully graduate the class of 2020 on time and ensure continued education of clinical skills for our DPT students,” Douglas Haladay, DPT, PhD, director of the SPTRS and associate dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) said. To this day, Dr. Anderson is still navigating the complicated clinical education landscape that COVID-19 has dealt us, but each time she has been successful in helping the students.

On December 18th, Dr. Haladay surprised Dr. Anderson with her USF Health Culture Coin.