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Sarah Blanton editorial in Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation

Blurring Lines Between Arts and Sciences by Sarah R. Blanton, Pt. DPT, NCS. Spring 2017, Issue V of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation.

Interprofessional Simulation Conference 2017

Interprofessional Simulation Conference: Simulation as a Tool to Promote Interprofessional Education and Practice
November 14 - 15, 2017

Emory Conference Center and Hotel
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

The Interprofessional Simulation Conference will bring together interdisciplinary, health science educators and clinicians to promote and determine best practice, assessment measures, and techniques when using simulation as an education tool for health and medical professions students and healthcare clinicians.

Upon completion of the conference, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the fundamentals of simulation for use in the classroom and at the bedside.
  • Practice hands-on interprofessional team training.
  • Demonstrate optimal interprofessional team, family, and patient-centered communication.
  • Understand and implement the process for using interprofessional simulation to determine competency.
  • Develop a facilitative process to perform an interprofessional team debrief.
  • Identify and develop research concepts to demonstrate translation of simulation into practice.

More information and registration here and on Facebook.
Download flyer here.

Kudos to DPT student Emma Goldberg!

Emma Goldberg received the Frank S. Blanton, Jr., MD Humanities in Rehabilitation Scholar award at a special dinner hosted by Maggie Edson, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of the play Wit. This $1,000 scholarship goes to a graduate student with a dedication to the pursuit of knowledge in the humanities, a deep desire to foster awareness of humanities in health professions and a gentle kindness and compassion in relating with others. The dinner was attended by Jenny Foster, professor in Emory School of Nursing, Sarah Blanton, Associate Professor, Emory Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Pam Chitkwa, PT clinical instructor at Grady Hospital and Emory alumni (class '92), Stephanie Larson, Emory doctoral student in English and 2016 winner of Blanton scholarship, and Linda Merrill, faculty in Emory Art History dept.

Emma Goldberg received the Frank S. Blanton, Jr., MD Humanities in Rehabilitation Scholar award   Emma Goldberg received the Frank S. Blanton, Jr., MD Humanities in Rehabilitation Scholar award

Dr. Zoher Kapasi selected to receive 2016-2017 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award

The Division of Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that Dr. Zoher Kapasi was selected to receive the 2016-2017 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award by David S. Stephens, MD, Interim Dean, Emory University School of Medicine.

The Emory Williams Awards were originally established by Mr. Emory Williams, a former emeritus trustee and graduate of Emory college in 1972. These awards honor faculty members who: a) foster participation, inquiry and creative expression in the classroom, b) serve as a model for teaching and scholarship, and c) serve as a mentor to students. As a recipient of the award, Dr. Kapasi will be listed in the 2017 Commencement Program.

The Division congratulates Dr. Kapasi on this well-deserved prestigious award!

Emory University Alumni Reception

Friday, February 17, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Grand Hyatt Hotel
600 E. Market Street
San Antonio TX
Crockett A/B Room



Kudos to PT alumnus Michael Robinson on his faculty appointment at Howard!

It is with immense pleasure that we share our alumnus Michael Robinson's success story. Michael graduated from the DPT program at Emory University in 2013. Michael has recently joined Howard University as a faculty member. We are especially pleased to learn that his classroom experience here at Emory motivated him to become part of the faculty at Howard. As a practitioner, Michael's goal is to enhance student learning by bringing his clinic experience into the classroom.

Read the full story here.


Student-Led Service Learning Emphasized During Two Community Events

The Emory University Division of Physical Therapy Purposeful Learning and Activities for Youth (PLAY) Committee is a student-led organization that designs and implements purposeful activities, family-centered events, and education in the Greater Atlanta area with the purpose of promoting health and wellness for children with special needs and their families.

This fall, in partnership with Easter Seals of North Georgia and GiGi's Playhouse, the PLAY committee executed the 2016 Trick or Treat Trot and the 4th Annual Fall Fit Fest, respectively.

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PTAG 2016: PLAY Committee Poster Presentation

  PTAG 2016
(L-R Rachel Christie - Class of 2017, Nathalie Rosales-Class of 2017, Leah Hinson Mountain - Class of 2017)

On October 1, three members of the Purposeful Learning and Activities for Youth (PLAY) Committee - Rachel Christie, Nathalie Rosales, and Leah Hinson - presented a poster at the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) Insight Fall Meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The PLAY Committee's mission is to design and implement purposeful activities, family-centered events, and education in the Greater Atlanta area with the purpose of promoting health and wellness for children with special needs and their families. Through this poster presentation, the PLAY committee demonstrated how student-led community-based events can be used to educate caregivers on the importance of intentional play for children with special needs as well as provide Doctor of Physical Therapy students with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of pediatric communities.

Through various events coordinated by the PLAY Committee, Emory DPT students have the opportunity to collaborate to help underserved communities, while helping build confidence for their future practices through development of clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills. Based on student survey, DPT students demonstrated an improved ability to work with children and families as well as to facilitate pediatric activities in a controlled environment.

The PLAY committee hosted two events this fall: Trick or Treat Trot with Easter Seals of North Georgia (October 29) and the 4th Annual Fall Fit Fest with GiGi's Playhouse (November 6).

June Garber (Division of Physical Therapy Professor Emeritus) and her husband Les Garber on Storycorps on WABE NPR

Les and June Graber, photo WABE NPRThis heartwarming story that aired on WABE NPR in a StoryCorps interview on October 25, 2016 is one of a series of articles that will be part of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR) piece next spring. You can listen to the story by clicking this link.

June Garber (Professor Emeritus) with the Division of Physical Therapy is featured with her husband, Les Garber, a stroke survivor.

This is a very moving story of stroke survival and love for one another!

Oct. 29 is World Stroke Day, a day to raise awareness of the condition and to underscore high stroke rates. Close to 800,000 Americans have a stroke per year.

Emory Healthcare establishes cardiac rehab program in China

Emory Faculty members paid a visit to their medical colleagues in the Jilin Province of Northeast China

(L-R: Laurence Sperling, MD, Xaioping Meng, MD, David Burke, MD and Kathy Lee Bishop)

Emory Rehab Chairman, Dr. David Burke and DPT Professor, Dr. Kathy Lee Bishop lent their medical expertise and knowledge to develop the first ever cardiac rehabilitation system in the Jilin Province of Northeast China. The Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation Center (CCRC) opened at the Affiliated Hospital to Changhun University of Chinese Medicine after a collaborative three-year effort. Emory Faculty were invited speakers at the first China-U.S. Cardiac Rehabilitation Forum at the 7th Jilin Provincial Atherosclerosis Conference.

Please follow the link below to read the entire article in the Emory News Center written by Ms. Mary Beth Spence, Senior Manager, Media Relations about this wonderful collaboration.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Faculty honored in 2016 Researcher Appreciation Day

Dr. Randy Trumbower Dr. Steve Wolf

We are very pleased to announce that two faculty members from our Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehab Medicine, have been selected to be honored at the Research Appreciation Day by Emory School of Medicine. These honorees were nominated by their peers and colleagues for their groundbreaking research, development of new technologies, and continued pursuit of novel and innovative ideas.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Randy Trumbower and Dr. Steve Wolf for this unique distinction!

You can learn more about Dr. Wolf and Dr. Trumbower's research and all the featured researchers by clicking on the link below.

Congratulations to Dr. Ainsley Rossi & DPT Students who earned 1st Place in the Georgia Publix Marathon’s Hydration Station and Food Station Challenge

The DPT Program is happy to announce that we earned FIRST PLACE in the hydration station challenge and the food station challenge for the Georgia Publix Marathon Race that was held several weekends ago! For our student's enormously loud & extremely enthusiastic efforts on a very early Sunday morning, we have earned a $1,500 donation to the Good Samaritan Clinic in Atlanta.

Thank you to our students and Dr. Rossi, in particular, for leading the effort for us and organizing our students and their work each year.

Thank you all for your help and Congratulations for this stupendous effort!

"DPT Program Receives Funding Grant to offer a University Course Disability, Resilience & the Mortal Self" in Spring of 2017

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence has funded a $2,000 grant to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to offer a University Course entitled "Disability, Resilience and the Mortal Self" in Spring of 2017. The principal faculty members involved in submitting the proposal are Drs. Sarah Blanton, Bruce Greenfield, Zoher Kapasi and Aaron Stutz (at Oxford College). Dr. Greenfield took the lead in this submission and builds on the Coalition of Liberal Arts (CoLA) Spring of 2016 course in which a number of faculty showcased their labs earlier this year. We enjoyed wonderful participation from Emory and Oxford College students and also attracted very prominent faculty on our campus as guest speakers in this course. We believe the success of this course has led to additional funding to offer "Disability, Resilience and the Mortal Self" Spring of 2017 as a university course next year.

Please join us in congratulating the faculty members in submitting a compelling course proposal that has successfully garnered this funding.

1st Frank S. Blanton, Jr., MD Humanities in Rehabilitation Scholarship Award Presented

The DPT Program is excited to announce the recipient of the first Annual Frank S. Blanton, Jr. MD Scholarship Award. The 2016 Award was presented to Stephanie Larson, who is a doctoral student in the Emory English Department and the first graduate Managing Editor of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR). The very first Blanton Award Banquet was hosted in the home of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of Wit, Margaret Edson. Attendees of the banquet included Sarah Blanton, DPT, NCS, faculty member and daughter of the late Dr. Frank S. Blanton, Jr., Jamie Larson, the recipient's mother, Emma Goldberg, DPT/MPH student, Laura Otis, PhD, Professor, Emory English Department and McArthur Fellow, and Linda Merrill, PhD, Emory Art History Department. Created by his family, this scholarship honors the life and impact of Dr. Blanton by supporting an annual position for a graduate assistant to serve on the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation.

Congratulations to Stephanie Larson as the first recipient of this wonderful award!

For more information about this award, please visit the sponsorship page.

Those interested in sponsoring the scholarship (giving yearly a set amount) or a one-time donation, please go to Emory Online Giving.

Stephanie Larson   Larson award

Class of 2019

The faculty, staff and students, welcomes the Division Physical Therapy Class of 2019. We are excited to start this new academic year with our newly matriculated class of 2019 represented by 75 students from 24 states, 57 Universities and 20 majors. This diverse class is made up of 31% males. Need to update items highlighted from last year's numbers.

class of 2019

Emory University PT Students Recognized by Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy recognized Emory University's PT Program with the Award of Merit for the 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. This Award of Merit is given to schools that show immense dedication to the Challenge by raising $6,000 or more. The Emory DPT raised a total of $7,825.17. Our students were recognized for their fundraising efforts through the 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge at APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition in Nashville, TN on June 9th.

The Challenge is the largest annual student-driven fundraising effort for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The money raised by PT and PTA students helps fund scholarships and grants that advance patient care. Additionally the Challenge also supports the rigorous scientific review process for all Foundation grants and scholarships. Since its inception in 1989, 264 schools have participated in raising over $3.3 million for physical therapy research.

Pictured L-R, Molly Tarter, Foundation Board of Trustees President, Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA,
Leah Hinson

Emory DPT Ranked 5th in the US by US News and World Report

We are happy to announce that the Emory Doctor of Physical Therapy Program was ranked 5th in the 2016 US News and World Report rankings of physical therapy programs. The Emory DPT Program moved up from 7th place (in 2012) to 5th place in the current rankings out of over 200 programs in the country!

Using a scale of 1-5, with 1 being a marginal program and 5 being an outstanding program, our score increased from 3.8 in 2012 to 4.1 in 2016. Four programs with a score of 4.3 tied for the first place with our program coming in right after them at 4.1

Click HERE for the list of rankings.

This recognition is largely contributed to the growth in our dual degree programs, residency programs, service learning opportunities, innovative courses within our curriculum, research and scholarly endeavors of our faculty and the ongoing integration with our clinical partners within Emory Healthcare!

Above all, this recognition is clearly a testament to the dedicated work, striving for excellence and engagement of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Emory’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program within the physical therapy profession.

Congratulations to us all for the outstanding work and recognition!

Dr. Zoher Kapasi, will serve in a dual role as Director for the Division of Physical Therapy and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr. David Burke, Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Zoher Kapasi has accepted the position of Vice Chair of Education for the Department. In this new role, Dr. Kapasi will serve to organize the structure and coordination of educational programs from undergraduate through graduate medical education. He will also work to enhance the Department’s educational mission and profile, and will serve as a liaison between the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the School of Medicine.

Dr. Kapasi has been a longstanding member of our Department and has served as Director of the Division of Physical Therapy since 2011. In that role he has overseen the expansion of the School of Physical Therapy and has made significant progress in upgrading the research profile of the Division. His leadership and the outcomes that have resulted have been stellar.

It is anticipated that Dr. Kapasi, in this new role, will effectively catalyze the educational commitment and capacity within the Department, and as an emissary between our Department and the other teaching programs in the School of Medicine.

Congratulations to Dr. Kapasi as he begins working in this new role.

Emory University CSM Alumni Reception February 18, 2016

CSm Alumni Reception

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