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.

Emory is offering a new DPT-MPH joint degree

Emory University Board of Trustees recently approved a joint DPT-MPH degree (Doctor of Physical Therapy and Masters of Public Health), a joint collaboration between the School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health.

Emory is home to a highly ranked DPT program (8th in the nation per US News and World Report) and a highly ranked School of Public Health (7th in the nation per US News and World Report) in the nation. There are few, if any, DPT programs in the nation that offer dual degrees. Thus, this is an example of an innovative program offered at Emory and shows the collaboration between the School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health.

Physical therapy practice has traditionally fallen under the heading of tertiary prevention. In the evolving healthcare environment, physical therapy practice is expanding into primary and secondary prevention activities. Physical therapists maximize physical abilities and functioning by working with groups as well as individuals. In addition to evaluating and treating individual patients, physical therapists also spend time educating the public. Additionally, physical therapists are becoming leaders in health care policy. As physical therapists’ roles and responsibilities have increased, so have their educational needs and desires. The combined DPT/MPH degree will provide future physical therapists with the opportunity to develop unique perspectives and skills. This new combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities will enable Emory dual degree graduates to impact healthcare and public health in innovative ways.

New Teaching Space

The completion of the new 162,000- square foot School of Medicine Education Building across the street from the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine has added state-of-the-art classrooms with wireless internet access and multimedia features and a new human anatomy and neuroanatomy dissection facility to our classroom space in Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. In the anatomy lab, twenty-six dissection tables each are equipped with computers with access to the Internet, MRI and other images, study guides, and lecture notes. In addition, students have areas for studying or small group meetings with a coffee lounge providing an additional gathering and study space. Our students join with students from other programs such as medicine, physician assistant and nursing students for an integrated learning experience. By enabling students across these disciplines to learn and train together, an opportunity is created to work within an environment that models what we hope the future of healthcare will be.

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Health Services Management Panel

The first year Emory students in their course on professionalism, ethics and the law listen and ask questions to panel discussants about contemporary and future issues impacting the practice and profession of physical therapy. Participants in the panel, from left to right, are: Barney Poole, PT, ATC, Vice Speaker of the APTA House of Delegates; Nate Thomas, 2nd year Emory student discussing issues of student involvement in local and national organizations; Beth Davis, PT, DPT, MBA; Stuart Platt, PT and former chief delegate from Georgia to the APTA; and Anne Thompson, PT, EdD, current president of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG). Additional panel discussants included Megan Crawford (far right) a 2nd year Emory student who talked about her involvement in the APTA at the student level, and the course coordinator, Bruce Greenfield, PT, PhD, OCS (2nd from right)

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2007 Gayle G. Arnold Award

Dr. Jeanne R. Charles, Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine will be presented the 2007 Gayle G. Arnold Award for the Best Scientific Paper by the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine for her manuscript entitled “Efficacy of Hand-Arm Intensive Bimanual Training (HABIT) on Upper Extremity Movement in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy.”

The award will be presented to Dr. Charles at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Academy in Vancouver, BC, Canada in October 2007.

FIRST STUDENTS, FACULTY & STAFF 5K FUN RUN

The first 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 make us aware of our own health and fitness. The run was flagged off by the director of the program, Dr. Susan Herdman. After a refreshing run on a beautiful fall afternoon, students, faculty and staff mingled over lunch treats and hydrating fluids!

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Press release can be found here: http://whsc.emory.edu/press_releases2.cfm?announcement_id_seq=10823

Special Accolades!

One of our faculty members, Steve Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is a co-author of an article that has received not one, but TWO awards for “outstanding article”. The paper “Memory and behavior changes in stroke survivors” by Clark PC, Dunbar SB, Aycock DM, Courtney E and Wolf SL was published in Rehabilitation Nursing, I53:406-413;2006 and was the Editor’s Choice Award Recipient for the J Rehab Nursing and the 2006 Stroke Article of the Year Award from the Council of Cardiovascular Nursing. The study was funded through NINR (P Clark) and the Extremity Constraint Induced Therapy Evaluation (EXCITE) randomized clinical trial funded through NIH (S Wolf). The EXCITE study explored the effect of constraint-induced movement therapy (forced use) of the hemiplegic upper extremity on recovery of movement function among patients who sustained a stroke.

Congratulations! 2006 Emory DPT graduate Ben Braxley

Congratulations! 2006 Emory DPT graduate Ben Braxley has been elected to the office of Membership Secretary for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG).