Welcome Back Party for All DPT Students

The faculty and staff held a “Welcome Back” party on Friday, January 16th, at the Emory Conference Center for DPT students as they returned to campus for the Spring semester. The first-year students returned from Holiday Break, the second-year students returned from their last part-time affiliation, and the third-year students returned from their last full-time affiliations.

Six students were recognized for nominations and involvement in APTA and PTAG: Nate Thomas for his nomination for the APTA Mary McMillan Scholarship; Kate Hamilton, Meg Jacobs, and Nate Thomas for their involvement on the Board of Directors for the APTA Student Assembly (Kate – President, Meg – Director, and Nate – Student PT Delegate); Katie Pitillo and Lindsay Rambo – for their involvement in the PTAG Student Special Interest Group; and Julie Granger – for her selection into Whos Who Among Students of Colleges and Universities.

We are proud of these and all of the Emory DPT students and are happy to welcome them back to campus for the semester.


Nate Thomas


Kate Hamilton


Meg Jacobs


Katie Pitillo


Lindsay Rambo


Julie Granger


Emory Alumni Reception Scheduled During the February 2010 Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego, CA

The Emory Alumni Reception will be held on February 19, 2010, from 6:30-8:30 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego. The reception will be held in reception room Sapphire C. Alumni and friends of the Emory Physical Therapy Program are welcome.

Faculty Member Bruce Greenfield Invited to Become a Faculty Member of the Emory University Center for Ethics


Bruce Greenfield, PhD, PT, has been invited to become a member of the faculty for the Emory University Center for Ethics. This invitation was extended in recognition of Dr. Greenfield’s support of research, teaching, and the practice of eithics and related fields at Emory University.

Dr. Greenfield is currently the Assistant Director and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation, Emory University School of Medicine. He also is the Chair of the Admissons Committee. He is completing a Master’s degree in Bioethics from Loyola University in Chicago and serves on the Emory University Hospital Ethics Committee. He continues to teach and pursue scholarly activities in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, as well as examine and teach about issues related to personal and professional moral and ethical practice.

Dr. Greenfield’s paper examining the role of emotions on ethical decision making was awarded the Section on Education 2008 Stanford Award recognizing the author of a paper containing the most influential education ideas. He was recently awarded the 2009 Stanford award for the article, Greenfield B, Goldberg A, Wolf S, Curtis K. The ethical, social, legal implications associated with genetics: implications for physical therapy education. J Physical Therapy Ed – 2008, 22; 1; 4 – 12. He is currently doing research about the nature of caring in clinical practice from both the clinicians and patients’ perspectives.

Emory DPT Sponsors the ING Georgia Wheelchair Half Marathon

On March 29, 2009, Emory Doctor of Physical Therapy students and faculty joined Emory’s Department of Rehabilitation in sponsoring the ING Georgia Wheelchair Half Marathon. The ING Georgia Half Marathon is a scenic and fun race through historic Atlanta neighborhoods with the start and finish located in the heart of downtown Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park.

Emory’s Department of Rehabilitation Services joined the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon in hosting a fully integrated wheelchair division in the half marathon distance. This is established as the premier wheeler half marathon in the United States. Emory DPT students and faculty were involved in holding “fun run” training events on the half marathon course for runners, wheelers and cyclists prior to the race; organizing the team of 40 cyclists who escorted the wheelers during the race to ensure safety and provide assistance if needed; helping the wheelers before and after the race with equipment and getting to the start; providing massages to the wheelers after the race; and maintaining a hydration station on the half and full course with 50 volunteers supplying water, Gatorade and cheers of encouragement.

Many thanks were given to Emory’s volunteers for organizing and implementing such a wonderful event.




Faculty Member Honored by Students with Crystal Apple Award


Jeffery Hoder, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, was honored for his demonstration of Excellence in Professional School Education with the Crystal Apple Award in a ceremony on February 23. Eight Emory professors, cited by their students as going above and beyond in their search for knowledge and involvement in the Emory community, earned the 10th annual Crystal Apple Awards. The annual awards for excellence in teaching are sponsored by the Residence Hall Association.

Dr. Hoder teaches the adult content of the neuro-rehabilitation complex in the Division of Physical Therapy. Dr. Hoder also is a clinician in the Movement Disorders Clinic, specializing in the treatment of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease and Cerebellar ataxia, as well as in the Dizziness and Balance Center. Dr. Hoder received both his DPT and MS degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Additionally, he received his clinical subspecialty certification in Neurology (NCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Another Emory DPT Student to Participate in the DPT/MBA Dual-Degree Program

Michael Wang, a second-year student in the DPT program at Emory, has recently been accepted into the Emory Goizueta Business School MBA program. Michael will be the third Emory DPT student to take advantage of our DPT/MBA dual-degree program. Nate Thomas, who graduated in May of 2009, and John Goodrich, who is currently in the MBA portion of the dual-degree program, are other Emory DPT/MBA students.

Emory DPT Program Moving to New Building

The Emory DPT program will be moving to a new building in December. This new space is located on the third floor of the 1462 building on Clifton Road, not far from our current location in the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. The space will have a large teaching lab and other office and teaching accommodations.

Second Year Emory DPT Students Have Chosen Their Long-Term Clinical Internships

Emory DPT II students have recently chosen their three long-term clinical internship sites in areas of acute care, community rehabilitation (usually orthopedic outpatient) and rehabilitation (usually neuro inpatient). Each of the internships is three months long, and will continue concurrently into their third year of the program.

Emory DPT Program Has Begun a New Interview Cycle for Prospective Students

The Emory DPT program held its first of many interview days for invited applicants. The Division of Physical Therapy is using the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) for the 2010 application.

3rd Annual DPT Students, Faculty & Staff 5K Fun Run

The third annual students, faculty and staff fun run occurred over a stretch of 5 kilometers of green space in Lullwater Park on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. The Lullwater Estate is a beautiful area on Emory’s campus where the President of the University and his family reside. The surrounding park serves as a recreational area for Emory students, faculty, and staff. Lullwater’s wooded trails and scenic lake make it a favorite place for members of the Emory community including physical therapy program students, faculty and staff. The park’s main entrance off Clifton Road is adjacent to Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.

The run was organized to foster awareness of our own health and fitness. Participants were asked to record resting heart rates on three mornings prior to the event. Heart rates also were recorded immediately before and after the run.

The run was flagged off by the director of the program, Dr. Susan Herdman. After the run, students, faculty and staff met in the Woodruff Health Science Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) plaza to enjoy a meal catered by Willy’s.
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