DPT 2nd ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN October 29, 2008

The second annual students, faculty and staff fun run occurred over a stretch of 5 kilometers of green space in Lullwater Park. 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 the run and again at the end of the event.

The run was flagged off by the director of the program, Dr. Susan Herdman. After the run, students, faculty and staff mingled over a picnic lunch and hydrating fluids!

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DPT Service of Gratitude, July 2007

baton_twirlEach year, the first year doctor of physical therapy (DPT) students hold a service of gratitude to honor the people who donated their bodies to health professions education. This year at the non-denominational service, held at Emory’s Canon Chapel at noon on Friday, July 27th. This is a joyful and thought-provoking ceremony. Students expressed their gratitude for the wonderful gift they received through originals poems, song (the beautifully sung Amazing Grace), flute, baton twirling and lyric dance. Student from the anatomy class of Georgia Tech’s Prosthetics and Orthotics program joined Emory’s DPT students in this service. Members of Emory’s DPT program faculty and staff were also in attendance at the service.









Emory Student Winner of APTA Private Practice Section Contest

thomasNate won a trip to the Private Practice Section’s Annual Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida, on November 5-8. Nate’s essay on “The future of private practice physical therapy and why I want to be involved” will be printed in the conference materials as well as in the Private Practice Section newsletter. Nate also will moderate some of the events and presentations at the conference.

Congratulations to Nate for this achievement!

Division of Physical Therapy 1st Annual White Coat Ceremony

The Emory University Division of Physical Therapy held its first annual White Coat Ceremony on September 6th, 2008, in Glen Memorial Sanctuary. The ceremony marks the student’s transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences and also initiates them in physical therapy ethics.

Dr. J. William Eley, Executive Associate Dean/Medical Education and Student Affairs, Emory University School of Medicine, opened the program with Welcoming Remarks, and Dr. Carol E. Coogler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Rehabilitation, gave the Keynote Address. The White Coats were presented to the Division of Physical Therapy Classes of 2010 and 2011 by Dr. Susan J. Herdman, Professor and Director and Dr. Zoher Kapasi, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. David T. Burke, Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, provided the Closing Remarks for the program.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dr. Susan Herdman led the students in a recitation of the APTA “Code of Ethics.” A reception followed the ceremony.


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2008 September – Service of Gratitude Ceremony

After a semester of learning about human anatomy through dissection and exploration, the first year DPT students at Emory hold a Ceremony of Gratitude to honor the people who donated their bodies for study. It is a simple ceremony and takes a form each first year class wishes it to take. The Ceremony is meant to celebrate all aspects of life and so it is always different, always surprising, at times joyful and at times reflective. This year, with song, poem, piano, dancing, and yes, even with struggles with juggling to music and with making a yo-yo fly, the students brought their talents, humor, love and their thanks to this Ceremony.


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Dr. Jeanne Charles

Dr. Jeanne Charles has recently been awarded a K12 career development award through the Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training (CORRT). CORRT is a consortium of seven universities whose focus of study fosters diverse rehabilitation interests including: tissue pathophysiology, regenerative medicine, behavioral and social adaptation, movement science, cognitive processes environment, occupational science, and activity and participation across a number of neurological and musculoskeletal diseases. The participating institutions include three leading universities: Washington University School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, University of Delaware and four partnering universities: Emory University, John Hopkins University, University of Miami, and University of Iowa. As a CORRT scholar, Dr. Charles will work with a mentoring team (Drs. Steven Wolf, Andrew Butler, and Barbara Weissman) to further develop her research interests in the sensorimotor control of the upper extremities in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy and in pediatric functional neuroimaging. Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training is Funded by: the National Center of Medical Rehabilitation, The National of Child health and Human Development, National of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health.

The Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) for Stroke Initiative (R01NS056256) has been funded by the National Instititute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health, effective July 1, 2008.

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The Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) for Stroke Initiative (R01NS056256) has been funded by the National Instititute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health, effective July 1, 2008. This 5-year $12.4 million grant will be headed by Carolee Winstein, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA at the University of Southern California, Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine) and Alex W. Dromerick, MD (National Rehabilitation Hospital and Georgetown School of Medicine) are co-Principal Investigators.

The primary objective of I-CARE is to improve outpatient therapy for arm paresis after stroke. This Phase III, single blind, multi-center, randomized control trial will investigate the effectiveness of ASAP (Accelerated Skill Acquisition Program), a focused, intense, evidence-based, upper extremity rehabilitation program. ASAP combines aspects of constraint-induced therapy, skill-based/impairment-mitigating task-specific training with embedded motivational enhancements and includes 30 hours of one-on-one therapy initiated during the early post-acute outpatient interval (1-3 months) after stroke.
This randomized clinical trial (RCT) has one primary aim: Compare ASAP to a dose equivalent usual and customary occupational therapy (high dose) group. There are two secondary aims: a) Compare ASAP to a true (monitoring only) usual and customary therapy group (low dose) and b) Compare the high dose usual and customary occupational therapy group to the low dose usual and customary occupational therapy group.

360 adults, within one to three months of stroke onset, with mild to moderate upper extremity impairment will be randomized. The primary outcome is a performance-based arm function test, Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT) at one year after participation. Secondary outcomes include patients’ self-perception of paretic hand function, a domain of the Stroke Impact Scale (SIS) and the full SIS. Specific subgroup analyses will explore important moderating factors including duration from onset, stroke type, and motor impairment.
Given the trend toward diminished total reimbursable time for stroke rehabilitation, the ultimate goal for the ICARE Trial is to provide evidence toward an optimal allocation of therapy services within the approved number of treatment sessions that will reduce disability, lessen the societal burden, and provide a standardized evidence-based treatment useful for the rehabilitation clinician and future clinical trialist.

Seven Doctor of Physical Therapy students, two physical therapy faculty members and one physical therapist from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta joined the South Georgia Farmworkers Health Project (SGFHP) lead by Emory’s Physician Assistant program.

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Seven Doctor of Physical Therapy students, two physical therapy faculty members and one physical therapist from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta joined the South Georgia Farmworkers Health Project (SGFHP) lead by Emory’s Physician Assistant program. The students and faculty spent one week around Valdosta this summer participating in mobile medical clinic teams to serve transient and seasonal farmworkers in community-based sites. One student summed up the essence of our current service learning experiences. “The SGFHP brings together healthcare workers from all different disciplines and gives us the opportunity to learn from each other in a setting that is far more educational than any classroom.”

Emory DPT students set up the blue “PT Tent” near farmworker housing for an afternoon SGFHP clinic. Other tents house PAs, physicians, and social workers on the team.

Steve Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Steve Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA will be presented the John P. Maley Award from the Section on Research for his outstanding contributions to leadership in research in physical therapy. Steve sustained and made phenomenal contribution as a researcher.

Bruce Greenfield, PT, PhD, OCS

Bruce Greenfield, PT, PhD, OCS will be presented the Stanford Award by the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Division of Physical Therapy faculty member Marie Johanson, PhD, PT, OCS, presented a paper titled “Influences of Gender and Stretching Exercises on Gastrocnemius Muscle Activity During Gait” at the 4th International Conference on Fitness, Health, & Active Living, which is jointly held for the Panhellenic Association of Sports Economists and Managers (PASEM) and The Sports Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) in Athens, Greece, May 8th, 2008 (conference May 8-11).

Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS

Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS was appointed Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences. St. George’s, University of London in November, 2007. In March, 2008 she presented several talks in London, including:

– Translating Evidence into Practice: The Role of the Clinician in Clinical Trials
– Constraint-Induced Therapy – Updates and Future Perspectives.