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The Healthcare Education Transformation Podcast

Sep 24, 2019

Part 2 of our chat with Dr. Dan Dale focuses on an overview of Mercer University's DPT Acute Care Simulation Program touching on why/how the program specifically started, barriers encountered, the structure and overview of how the program currently operates, utilization of interprofessional education in their simulation, lessons learned on organizing/doing simulations effectively, and more. 


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Dr. Daniel Dale, PT, DPT, is a clinical assistant professor and the Assistant Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Health Science from Kennesaw State University in 2007 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia in 2011.  Dr. Dale is a certified lymphedema therapist. Dr. Dale joined the College of Health Professions faculty in October 2017.


Prior to teaching, Dr. Dale maintained clinical practice at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Dale worked in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation managing patients with traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries, non-traumatic neurologic injuries, pressure injuries and lymphedema. Dr. Dale continues to see patients regularly along with his teaching responsibilities. 


His research interests include student leadership development, student membership retention in the national association, the impact of service-learning on student development, and the impact on interprofessional activities and simulation between physical therapy and nursing students in acute care and intensive care environments. He has presented at the state and national levels on student and early career professional development for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia and the American Physical Therapy Association.


Dr. Dale is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Dale has served as a volunteer leader for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy in multiple capacities. Currently, Dr. Dale is Chair of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy Student Leadership Development Committee. Dr. Dale is also the current President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.


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