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MEET A MEMBER: Cori Zook-Arquines, PT, MHPE, CLT and Interim CESIG Chair

Tuesday, March 5, 2019   (2 Comments)
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MEET A MEMBER: Cori Zook-Arquines, PT, MHPE, CLT and Interim CESIG Chair

The IPTA is proud of members who are working hard towards advancing the physical therapy profession.

Last fall, the IPTA's Board of Directors approved the formation of the Clinical Educators Special Interest Group (CESIG). The CESIG will serve as a resource, forum, and voice for members who have a common interest in clinical education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The bylaws for the CESIG were approved by the IPTA Board of Directors in August 2018.

- Cori Zook-Arquines, PT, MHPE, CLT IPTA
Interim CESIG Chair
Member since 1999

Understanding the needs of physical therapy clinical educators across the state will allow the CESIG to advance the agenda of service to the community of clinical educators and the profession.

The interim executive board includes Cori Zook-Arquines, PT, MHPE, CLT as interim Chair of the CESIG. Elections for a new executive board will be announced later this year.

In getting to know Cori, we asked what inspired you to become a physical therapist?

Zook-Arquines: "I learned about the physical therapy profession when I was an undergraduate student entering billing charges in the physical therapy department at the University of Illinois Hospital – an academic medical center. It was there that I was able to observe the physical therapist working with patients on their recovery in the acute care and rehabilitation settings. The therapists were caring, knowledgeable, and dedicated to the people they served, their student learners, as well as the profession. The idea of being able to walk alongside people who suffered some insult or injury as they regained their function, their identities, and their lives during a time that can be frightening and fragile excited me. I wanted to take that journey with them – it was, and is, an honor to do so. I wanted to join this profession of people who were so passionate and committed to providing excellent service, and education, to everyone that crossed their paths. Who wouldn’t want that?"

We are excited about the formation of the Clinical Educators Special Interest Group (CESIG). Please share with us your vision for this new group.

Zook-Arquines: "Our vision for the Clinical Education Special Interest Group (CESIG) is to create a community of physical therapy clinical educators of all levels of experience who are in all areas of physical therapy practice in both academic and clinical settings. Our goal is to engage clinical educators from every corner, every nook and cranny, in the state of Illinois! We feel this level of engagement from our stakeholder groups is essential to understand clinical educators and clinical education across the continuum of education and practice in our state. This is an opportunity for every clinical educator to have a voice as well as to share what they know and what they want to know. It’s also an opportunity for clinical educators to express their needs and to have them addressed through shared problem solving. The CESIG is also a way for us to share ideas and learn from one another. I believe, to educate learners at all stages of development in no easy feat. It takes communication, partnership, and collaboration. It takes a village."

Cori, if you had the attention of all members, what message would you like to convey? 

Zook-Arquines: "There are two messages I want to share. First, your contribution as an educator in our profession cannot be underestimated. The CESIG is one way for you to be a member of a community of educators who want to be excellent at what they do in this role. Excellence in education doesn’t happen by accident. It is a purposeful pursuit of knowledge and skills as well as application of evidence-based practice in instruction. The CESIG wants to facilitate this pursuit. Second, our work together must also be grounded in reality which is why Clinical Instructor and Site Coordinator of Clinical Education involvement is so important! Through a shared understanding of our practice environments, classroom and clinic, I believe we can collectively bridge gaps, create new realities, and advance our knowledge of what it means to provide excellent clinical education in a contemporary healthcare environment. My thought is, if we provide excellent clinical education to our students, then they will be prepared to provide excellent service to society. Join us on this journey. Let us hear your voice!"




Jeanne O. McCoy PT DPT MS says...
Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Cori, thanks for all your efforts to make the CESIG an important reality within IPTA!
Jeanne O. McCoy PT DPT MS says...
Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Cori, thanks for all your efforts to make the CESIG an important reality within IPTA!

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