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LaDora Thompson, PhD, BS PT, is the recipient of the Marquette University Alumni Professional Achievement National Award. Congratulations, LaDora!

Congratulations to Brianna Radtke (Class of 2014) for being selected for the Fairview Sports Physical Therapy Residency program. Residents work side-by-side sports medicine and orthopedic physicians, sports physical therapists and athletic trainers who bring advanced training in sports medicine. Coursework includes a mix of direct clinical care, physician and surgery observation, research, athletic training observation, and a variety of educational activities that include one-to-one mentoring sessions and weekly sports medicine grand rounds.

Congratulations to Lang Ho (Class of 2015) for receiving the MNPTA 2014 Student Federal Advocacy Scholarship. Lang Ho will be representing Congressional District 5, Rep. Keith Elison.

Seventy-five eager participants attended the 14th Annual Jack Allison Lecture on Saturday, November 2, 2013, held at the McNamara Alumni Center. This event was created to honor the memory of Jack Allison, Program faculty member from 1957-1994, serving as Program Director from 1978-1993. Many of the participants were fortunate enough to have been taught by Jack.  This year's speaker was Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA, presenting on the topic of "Dizziness and Balance Issues in Persons Post Concussion and with Traumatic Brain Injury." Dr. Whitney is a Professor in Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Program Director of the Centers for Rehab Services Vestibular Rehabilitation Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The day-long lecture covered the mechanism, incidence, evaluation, and treatment of these common conditions. Attendees included alumni and other physical therapy community members, many of whom are currently involved in or developing programs to address these dysfunctions and promote maximal patient recovery.

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, has received a 2-year Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF) Research Grant for her research, "Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Pediatric Hemiparesis". The work will be performed in conjunction with Shriner's Hospital for Children and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Congratulations, Bernadette!

Congratulations to faculty member Jim Carey, PhD who is an awardee of the CTSI 2013 Community Collaborative Pilot Research Grant. The CTSI Office of Community Engagement for Health and Center for Health and Equity granted nearly $300,000 in total funding to four outstanding projects that bring together community and University collaborators to work toward improving the health of Minnesotans. Dr. Carey will be working with Lars Oddsson, PhD from the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute on the project titled "Real vs. Sham rTMS Combined with Conventional Therapy in Acute Stroke."

Congratulations to faculty member Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, who was awarded a KL2 Scholars Grant. The title of her project is "Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Pediatric Hemiparesis".

Congratulations to faculty member Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT who received the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) Spring 2013 Translational Grant Award. Dr. Ludewig's project title is "Shoulder Motion Guided Patient Diagnostic and Treatment Classification". The purpose of this funding program is to help drive the highest quality early stage translational research through the complex process of translating basic science discoveries into patient benefit. The overarching goal is to positively impact human health in Minnesota and the nation.

Becky Olson-Kellogg, PT, DPT, GCS has been elected to the University and Faculty Senate by fellow faculty members. The University of Minnesota has one of the strongest and most active shared governance systems amoung large research universities, with faculty governance playing a particularly prominent role.

Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT is highlighted in the Newsletter of the NIH Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (Volume 4, Issue 2. Summer 2013). Congratulations Teresa!

Congratulations to faculty member Dawn Lowe, PhD who was selected as the 2013 - 2014 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies. The Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies was created in 1999 by the Center on Aging, through the generosity of David and Elizabeth Fesler. This Chair allows Dawn one year of funding to pursue an aging related project.

Geriatric Clinical Residency Update
Last September our Geriatric Clinical Residency expanded to a second clinical site, St. Therese in New Hope, and expanded to two residents (Emily Pierce at St. Therese, and Megan Connelly at Augustana Care Center in Minneapolis). Every year the didactic requirements include a teaching module, with one part of that module being a continuing education presentation to community physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as part of our Physical Therapy Program's $10 Tuesday CE Series each spring. This spring's session was held on April 9, 2013, with Megan Connelly presenting on "Imagining Success: Use of Motor Imagery and Mental Practice in the Rehabilitation of Older Adults," and Emily Pierce presenting on "Bringing out the BEST: Using the Brief-BESTest and the Mini-BESTest as Balance Assessments with Older Adults." This also became a "reunion" night for all geriatric residents, as our past residency graduates, Emma Phillips and David Gillette, were in attendance for the course as well.

Scholarships and Fellowships

The Program in Physical Therapy is pleased to be able to offer the following scholarships and fellowships through the generous donations of many outstanding physical therapists, alumni, and friends of the Program. The following outstanding students were honored at a banquet with donors and faculty in May, 2012.

  • Katherine Zupan (2013) received the Janice Steadland Fellowship Fund (Class of 1956)
  • Shannon Gates (2013) received the Beatrice E. and Hurd Boody Scholarship (Class of 1945)
  • Dave Erlandson (2014) received the Sharp Family Fellowship (Class of 1956)
  • Michelle Usset (2014) received the Barbara Lee Graham Scholarship (Class of 1956)
  • Sarah Traffas (2014), Brianna Radtke (2014), Katelyn Pelto (2014), Rachel Ahn (2015), and Colin Rust (2014) received the Rudolf Ptak Endowed Fellowship in Physical Therapy (Class of 1953)
  • Hannah Bilodeau (2014) received the Eleanor McManmon Daly Scholarship (Class of 1948)
  • Paulie Glatt (2014) and JonPaul Dragseth (2015) received the Marguerite P. Gardner Fellowship (Class of 1969)
  • Chris Ryer (2014), Melissa Ludescher (2014), and Lindsey Legatt (2014) received the 21st Century Fellowship

Joint DPT/PhD Program
The Programs in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science offer a joint DPT/PhD program option. This joint degree program allows select DPT students to begin work toward a PhD in Rehabilitation Science prior to completion of the DPT. The goal is to streamline the process for a DPT student completing a professional doctoral degree, to continue pursuit of an additional doctoral research degree. Students must be enrolled in the DPT program prior to applying for this joint program option. Anticipated length of completion of a joint degree program is approximately 6-7 years, versus the 7-8 years required to complete both degrees independently.




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