Assessment of the DPT Professional Behavior Development Program at Graduation and 1-3 Years of Practice


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We will describe the Professional Behavior Development Plan, implemented and developed in DPT over the last seven years. Is the Professional Development Program Working? From the perspective of multiple stakeholders involved in the program, we have developed assessment forms, questionnaires to assess the program. We will describe the process of developing these forms, achieving interrater reliability, outcomes, and also include the challenges, motivators and facilitators to assessing a behavioral program. We will also describe the implications for the future revision of the program and outgrowth/implications of the study.


The primary aim of this project was to develop assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of the PDP at multiple points in the curriculum, at graduation, and at 1 and 3 years post-graduation from the perspective of multiple stakeholders inclusive of students, faculty, and clinical instructors. We developed outcome assessment measures for the effectiveness of the PDP by developing: a) Summative simulation activities (OSCE with standardized patients) and assessment rubrics that incorporate ethics, professional behaviors, core values as related to patient centered clinical care and b) Questionnaires for students and faculty that will lead to establishment of interview guides for focus groups.

After participating in this session, participants should be able to construct an assessment of a behavioral program unique to their program by:

1. delineating behaviors with specific criteria that display concepts of professionalism

2. constructing questionnaires relating to their unique program

3. understanding the process of achieving interrater reliability

Presentation: 51 minutes

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