Community Patient Resource Group
The Community Patient Resource Group (CPRG) consists of community members who volunteer their time to UIndy to help PT and PTA students see and work with individuals with actual impairments that require rehabilitation. These volunteers who have had, or currently have, a medical or rehabilitation condition allow the students to see, feel and better understand the impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions that are discussed in the classroom. Our students work with CPRG members during all phases of their education—often as early as the third week of classes!
This unique partnership benefits students by providing realistic clinical experiences with patients who are able to share valuable life experiences. Currently the CPRG includes more than 90 individuals who range in age from one to over 80. Many of the members have been participating since the inception of the program in 1999 and find the opportunity to contribute to the education of our students to be highly meaningful. The UIndy students give back to the CPRG volunteers each year by helping CPRG members with home projects that are difficult for them to complete, such as cleaning, painting, or landscaping.
In a 2012 article published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD, Dean of the UIndy College of Health Sciences, and Heidi King, DPT, reported that PT students and faculty perceive this program contributes to the development of student professional values, performance of examination skills, determination of appropriate outcome measures and integration of health promotion and wellness principles. We greatly appreciate the service of our CPRG members and are proud of how this program contributes to the education of our students.
Interested in being a part of the CPRG?
KSPT faculty typically choose and invite patients to participate knowing which individuals will provide the maximum learning experience for our students. Participation in the CPRG is strictly on a volunteer basis. Activities performed as a part of the CPRG are not considered “physical therapy” and individuals with ongoing physical therapy needs are encouraged to see a physical therapist. Volunteers must be able to provide their own transportation and be comfortable working within small and large groups. If you are interested in volunteering, please E-mail us.