The Division of Physical Therapy has embarked on an innovative, exciting new venture: one Saturday per month, DPT faculty, alumni and students operate a pro-bono physical therapy clinic in downtown Atlanta. The clinic is a partnership with the Good Samaritan Health Center which serves the medical and public health needs of an indigent, underserved population in the metro area. DPT faculty, alumni and students hold monthly PT clinics, working alongside Emory School of Medicine physicians, medical students, Physician Assistants (PAs) and PA students. This has already proven to be a unique opportunity for both student learning and inter-disciplinary collaboration between SOM departments and has garnered overwhelming participation from students, faculty and alumnae to provide service to the community
On June 29, 2013, 38 physical therapists and physical therapy assistants attended a full-day course focused on reviewing and applying biomechanical principles to common gait compensations found in individuals who have sustained neurological or orthopedic injury. Attendees to “Get a Leg Up on Gait Analysis and Intervention: Applied Biomechanics as a Foundation for Clinical Decision Making,” experienced Emory’s state-of-the-art Motion Analysis Laboratory, worked alongside one another in learning advance-level foot and ankle mobilizations, and were introduced to the latest research in gait retraining principles and interventions, inclusive of the use of fast treadmill walking combined with functional electrical stimulation (FES) as a gait retraining technique for individuals post stroke. The day was instructed by Emory DPT Faculty, each of whom are leading researchers and clinicians in clinical biomechanics and gait analysis, and included Dr. Benjamin Rogozinski, Dr. Trisha Kesar, Dr. Marie Johanson, Dr. Kathleen Geist and Laura Zajac-Cox, PT, NCS. By all accounts, the course was a great success, with at least one Attendee raving “Great course! Best I have been to in a long time. All Instructors are experts, and it was really evident that they have a passion for research and teaching.” Thank you to our outstanding Faculty for their dedication and time, and to and our eager participants for their rapt attention and enthusiasm.