CHRISTINA HEIN, PT, MS
My approach to teaching is formed by my strong commitment to the values of professionalism and compassion in the practice of physical therapy. My own clinical experience comes from twenty years of practice in acute care and sub-acute care and has led to the belief that these values are crucial to the delivery of excellent care. This clinical experience includes inpatient acute care at The University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI and Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford, MA as well as acute rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA and sub-acute rehabilitation at The Blair House in Milford, MA.
Students in my courses are encouraged to develop great critical thinking skills and clinical judgement through active reflection and discussion in lectures and realistic patient scenarios in lab. Students are constantly challenged in my courses to demonstrate their understanding of the course material in a way that is clinically relevant. I prepare for my lectures and labs by building on previously taught material and I ensure that students have repetition in the practice of new skills.
In addition, I view my role as an educator as that of a guide, to assist students as they navigate the vast amount of information available to healthcare professionals from many sources. Students are encouraged to demonstrate mastery of the broader concepts of health and wellness, function and disability, and effective, patient-specific care. Students are steered away from generalized statements about the role of physical therapy and are challenged to provide sound rationale for their treatment choices.
To teach in a way that is clinically relevant I remain committed to practicing in an acute care alongside my time in the classroom and lab. I balance these responsibilities with family time with my husband and four children in Vermont as well as with plenty of exercise and, of course, some daily chocolate.