Mary M. Palaima, PT, EdD, MBA

Mary M. Palaima, PT, EdD, MBA

Title
Clinical Associate Professor
Email
mpalaima@bu.edu
Phone
617-353-7527
Education
Doctorate in Education, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2010
Master of Business Administration, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2003

Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1980 – 1982
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philososphy, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 1969- 1973
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Courses Taught

  • PT 691 Clinical Education Seminar I
    This course is the first in a series of three seminars related to clinical education experiences of students in the Doctoral Physical therapy Program. The content is rooted in professional behaviors, ethics, and the core values of accountability, compassion/ caring, integrity, and professional duty, in the practice of physical therapy. The seminars are designed to bridge clinical and classroom experiences in these areas through the use of discussion, reflective learning, real life examples from clinical experiences, case studies, and collaborative learning. This first course/seminar will also provide tools to assist the student with choosing and maximizing future clinical experiences.
  • PT692 Clinical Education Seminar II
    This course is the second in a series of three seminars related to clinical education experiences. The content is rooted in professional behaviors, ethics, and the core values of accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, and social responsibility in the practice of physical therapy. The seminars are designed to bridge clinical and classroom experiences in these areas through the use of discussion, reflective learning, real life examples from clinical experiences, case studies, and collaborative learning. This course will also provide tools to assist the student with choosing and maximizing future clinical experiences.
  • PT792 Clinical Education Experience II
    This is the second of three full-time clinical experiences in the DPT curriculum. It is designed to focus on the synthesis of knowledge, skills and behaviors learned in the classroom, laboratory and addressed during the integrated clinical experiences. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to make sound clinical decisions in the management of non-complex patient problems in a moderately paced environment. Students are supervised in clinical and community settings by qualified physical therapists.
  • PT794 Clinical Education Seminar IIIThis course is the final in a series of three seminars related to clinical education experiences. The content is rooted in professional behaviors, ethics, and the core values of accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, and social responsibility in the practice of physical therapy. The seminars are designed to bridge clinical and classroom experiences in these areas through the use of discussion, reflective learning, real life examples from clinical experiences, case studies, and collaborative learning. This final course will also provide tools to assist the student with the transition to becoming a professional.
  • PT793 Clinical Education InternshipThis is the third of three full-time clinical experiences in the DPT curriculum. It is designed to focus on the synthesis of knowledge, skills and behaviors learned throughout the first 8 semesters of the DPT program. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to make sound clinical decisions in the management of patient problems in a moderately paced environment. Students are supervised in clinical and community settings by qualified physical therapists. Students may choose to complete one 24-week experience or two 12-week experiences.

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Clinical education; maximizing clinical teaching and learning; distance education and collaborative learning forums; international clinical education development; health care financing; health care systems; organizational analysis. Completing doctoral studies in educational leadership.

Selected Presentations

  • Physical Therapy: Transitioning from evidence-based practice education to clinical practice, World Physical Therapy Conference, Amsterdam, June 2011
  • Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Experiences of Recent DPT Graduates, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA, February 2011
  • Evidence Based Practice Activities Identified by Students during Clinical Education, World Physical Therapy Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 2007
  • Student Identified Activities to Support Evidence Based Practice During Clinical Education, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, February 2006
  • Student Reports on Evidence-Based Practice Activities During Clinical Education, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA, February 2005
  • Clinical Education: Web Experiences & Future Applications, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Boston, MA, February 2002
  • Clinical Education: Expanding the Educational Horizon Through Distance Learning Techniques, American Physical Therapy Conference, Anaheim, CA, June 2001
  • Rehabilitation Technicians: Training and Utilization, Presented at the National Geriatric Conference, Boston, MA, May 1997, and at National Geriatric Conference, Orlando, FL, December 1997

Licensing and Certification

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Registration in Allied Health Professions,¬†Physical Therapy License