This unique 4-day course is designed to educate participants on the anatomy, mobility, and motility of the pelvic viscera. Specific focus will include the bladder, rectum, uterus, ovaries, and an introduction to the kidneys. Video and patient demonstration will focus on examination and intervention strategies. Internal pelvic organ techniques will be presented from Jean Pierre Barral’s advanced pelvic class that, to date, has only been taught in France. Wetzler has obtained special permission from Barral to teach this material for the Section on Women’s Health. You will also learn how the internal techniques can enhance your intervention outcomes for bladder, uteral, rectal, and pelvic floor dysfunctions.
Day 1 Thursday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm *Registration begins at 7:30 am. Course starts at 8:00 AM.
Day 2 Friday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Day 3 Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Day 4 Sunday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Total Contact Hours: 30.0
Course Eligibility & Prerequisites
This course is open to Licensed Physical Therapists. No exceptions will be made.
Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants for completion prior to the course. An electronic lecture manual will be provided in the online Learning Center along with the post-course final exam, survey and a Course Completion. A printed lab manual will be provided on-site.
Lab Participation & Consent
Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process (for those attending CAPP courses) will occur for participants who leave the course early. Participants will be working in groups of 2 during labs. This course includes extensive labs with intra-vaginal & intra-rectal assessment & examination. The Consent & Release Form must be filled out and turned in to the instructor on Day 1 of the course (this form is provided on-site). If the course participant does not turn in the completed form on Day 1, he/she will not be permitted to take the course. All participants must participate in labs as both “therapist” & “patient.” Participants who cannot participate as lab subjects are required to provide their own lab partners. Failure to participate as a lab subject, or to provide required lab partner if needed, will result in forfeiture of course completion and registration costs. If you are not sure whether you need a medical model or if you are unfamiliar with the process of obtaining a medical model, please read: Medical Models for Internal Pelvic Assessment.pdf. Participants that MUST provide their own lab partners include (but are not limited to):
ALL Male participants
Pregnant women (except with written physician permission for FULL participation)
Active vaginal infections
Active STD or herpes lesions
Active bladder or rectal infections
Severe pelvic/vaginal/rectal pain that inhibits examination
Lack of prior vaginal exam by a physician
Active OB/GYN cancer