EIM Internship (CEN)

EIM’s Clinical Excellence Network

Helping Reshape the Future of Clinical Education

The CEN is an innovative model of clinical education providing a standardized curriculum and enhanced collaboration between academic institutions and clinical practice.

CEN Acute Care Overview
CEN Neuro-Musculoskeletal Overview
CEN Pediatrics Overview

CEN Neuromuscular Overview (coming soon)

This new model is a progressive new approach to clinical education and is comparable to the established internship model used by the medical profession. Evidence-based clinical excellence is paramount in this model, and our mission is to provide the best possible experience for DPT students. EIM appreciates that many academic programs already provide quality clinical education for their students—our goal is to maximize the likelihood a DPT student will receive the best possible experience from outstanding clinical educators.

Why CEN?

Despite the positive reforms in post-graduate physical therapy education, including the transition to DPT, clinical education has lagged. With the adoption of a new clinical internship model, as a profession, we will be able to close the standards gap that currently exists between graduate education and clinical education.

EIM’s CEN Model

Current CEN Locations


Here’s What CEN Graduates and Faculty are Saying About the Program

CEN Graduates

I have benefited greatly from the availability of my CI with the 3-1 model. He is not seeing his own patient load which allows him to watch, listen, correct and make suggestions much more liberally as he monitors each of us while we work with our own patients. I highly recommend the CEN to all PT students. To me it appears to be better than the “I hope I get a good CI and good clinic” approach.

~  Joe Braithwaite, PT, DPT, 2012 CEN Graduate


The Clinical Excellence Network was a great learning experience for me. Being able to learn from advanced clinicians and my peers for almost a year was very beneficial. I liked the set curriculum which created a foundation for us to learn and apply the topics in the clinical setting. The CEN really helped me improve my clinical reasoning and judgment skills which I was lacking. I would recommend anyone who wants to expand their knowledge to be a part of this network. The clinical educators help students perform beyond what they are taught in school so that they can become excellent therapists in the field.

~ Omolara Ajayi PT, DPT, 2012 CEN Graduate

Clinical Faculty

The CEN has revamped clinical education. I have been a clinical educator for 18 years and I’ve worked with thousands of students, and this is the first time that I’ve really felt like I’ve been able to influence the way they practice, shape and hone their skills, and have real working relationships.

~ Bridgit Finley PT, DPT, OCS, CEO – PT Central: Ok


Without a doubt the opportunity to be a faculty member for the CEN has been one of the best experiences of my physical therapy professional career.  I have been afforded the opportunity to collaborate with the greatest minds of physical therapy, research and education.  Furthermore, I get to teach in a clinical setting.  Having multiple interns allows me to mentor and teach in the clinic setting.  I don’t have to co-treat, rather, I get to teach and instruct and lead every student / intern with every patient.  I cannot wait to see this program grow to cultivate the future leaders of our profession.

~ Derek Clewley PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPTBenchmark PT: Atlanta, GA


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