Des Moines University Student Project


Course Description

This project is part of the elective course Developing Leadership in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Des Moines University. Students will work in groups to choose a topic on which to create a new Physiopedia article or update an existing article reflecting current best evidence on a topic related to Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

Course Instructors

Shannon Petersen

Course Dates

Annually September - November

Instructions to Students

  1. Explore Physiopedia - Spend some time exploring the Physiopedia website.  Look through all the links in the navigation bar on the left side of this page.  Have a look at some of the great information in the Content section and find the User Tutorials as they will be of great help to you during the course of this project.
  2. Request an Account - To edit Physiopedia you need to have a Physiopedia account.  You can request an account here.  Once you have requested your account you will be sent an email where you will be asked to confirm your email address.  Once you have done this your account request will be assessed and activated. This process may take up to 48 hours.
  3. Login to Physiopedia - Once your account has been activated you will be sent an email with your login details and a link to your Profile page.  When you login you will see that some new tabs appear in the top right of the page that allow you to Edit, Watch and Create pages as well as look at their History and related Discussion page.  Take a look through these tabs to see the new options that you have.
  4. Create Your Profile - Now that you are familiar with navigating Physiopedia it is time to practice some editing.  To do this you should spend some time to create your user profile. To navigate to your Profile page click on your name (top link under Personal Tools) in the navigation sidebar.  Click the Edit tab and you will see an editing interface appear, take a look around all the options that appear in the editing toolbar to see what they all do.  Once you are familiar with this edit the bio that has automatically been entered on your page and add some more information about yourself, add a profile image and make a link.  You will find the User Tutorials helpful here.  Remember, this is a great place to keep an updated online profile throughout your career, your future employers may be looking so be professional!
  5. Select Your Topic - Select a topic and submit to course coordinator for approval.
  6. Find the Evidence - Search for, appraise, and synthesize research evidence on the topic.
  7. Submit Your Plan - Submit an outline of the planned content to the course dropbox for peer review and schedule to meet with the course coordinator for discussion.
  8. Develop You Page - Develop your page in Physiopedia.  This should be an evidence based article so remember to add references (please use the correct referencing system utilised by Physiopedia and the <R> function from the editing toolbar). Consider also including hyperlinks to other webpages, images and videos as these all add to the value of your page.