Tuesday, May 11, 2021

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Faculty Member Dr. Emily Britt Introduces Residents to Industrial Rehabilitation

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Spotlight - Emily Britt, PT, DPT, OCS

In May, 2021, the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residents (pictured) participated in a didactic, interactive session in the area of Industrial Rehab with Residency faculty member, Dr. Emily Britt (not pictured).  Dr. Britt practices at SSM Health Physical Therapy and onsite at the City of St. Louis Street Department.  
Dr. Emily Britt
Of the experience, she commented:  “It was so rewarding to introduce the residents to the unique concept of onsite Physical Therapy and Injury prevention education, and to show them how truly functional therapy can and should be.” 
The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency is ABPTRFE accredited.  Established in 2014 and reaccredited in 2020, we accept three residents per cohort.  Residents participate in advanced training in clinical services, teaching in the entry-level program, research with local and national presentations, and service to the underserved in St. Louis, MO.  

We welcome inquiries orthoresidency@slu.edu and encourage you to visit our website:  https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php

Photo credit, headshot: SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy

Friday, May 7, 2021

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Alumnus, Dr. Adam Kays, instructs Residents in psychomotor techniques

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Spotlight - Adam Kays, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT
Dr. Adam Kays
In February, 2021, the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residents welcomed Adam Kays, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT for an on-site, psychomotor lab focused on cervical spine examination and interventions.  Dr. Kays is a remote Residency faculty member with current professional practice in Indiana.  He is a graduate of the ABPTRFE accredited SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Residency and is  Fellow-in-Training at the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.  
The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency is ABPTRFE accredited. Established in 2014 and reaccredited in 2020, we accept three residents per cohort. Residents participate in advanced training in clinical services, teaching in the entry-level program, research with local and national presentations, and service to the underserved in St. Louis, MO.  
We welcome inquiries orthoresidency@slu.edu and encourage you to visit our website:  https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

SLU PT Students Serve with Relay for Life to Support the American Cancer Society


SLU PT Student Service Spotlight - Relay for Life
By Alysa Janke, DPT Class of 2023

This year’s SLU Relay for Life was a huge success! While the shift to a virtual platform proved to be difficult, the members of Relay’s Executive and Event Leadership Teams rose to the challenge and put on an incredible event to support the American Cancer Society. SLU Relay raised $72,295.17, all of which goes toward services like Hope Lodge (free residence for people going through cancer treatment), a 24/7 cancer helpline, and experimental research programs aiming toward curing cancer. 
Relay had a large population of healthcare science majors on their Event Leadership Team this year, including several Physical Therapy and Nursing majors. The Executive Team also had PT representation coming from PY1s Amy Eckardt (Communications Chair), Alysa Janke (Overall Co-Chair), and Alex Suellentrop (Administration Chair). 

The website from Relay’s event is still active, and you can view it at slurelayforlife2021.org. As always, you can check out our Facebook page for information on how you can participate in next year’s Relay!

Friday, April 9, 2021

SLU Program in Physical Therapy Annual Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Event Provided Insights and Priorities for Physical Therapy Research

The Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy hosted its Annual Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Event virtually via Zoom on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

The Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series was the vision of Irma Ruebling, former chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. It was her goal to bring nationally renowned speakers to Saint Louis University to highlight ongoing research and important topics and to foster a dialogue with faculty, students, and guests about the importance of research in advancing our profession.
Saint Louis University Professor Dr. Gretchen Salsich hosted the event and acknowledged leadership in the Doisy College of Health Sciences for their ongoing support for physical therapy research. Dr. Salsich recognized Dr. Tricia Austin, interim Dean, Dr. Jesús García-Martínez, Associate Dean for Research, and Dr. Lisa Dorsey, interim Chair for the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Efforts to strengthen the research profile of the Doisy College of Health Sciences are central to the college’s strategic plan. Events like this inform, inspire, and connect us to research. The Department’s ongoing support of this event since its inception eighteen years ago has contributed to its growth and success.  
The Irma Ruebling Endowed Research Fund was established in 2006 to ensure the continued development of research activities fostering the growth of the profession, improvement of the health of patients and clients, and enhancement of the education of physical therapy students and practicing physical therapists. Two Program in Physical Therapy Faculty were recognized as the 2021 Irma Ruebling Endowed Research Fund Recipients. Dr. Chris Sebelski received funding to support her project titled “Evaluation of non-cognitive behaviors reflective of positive leaders in the clinical context”. Dr. Oluwatoyosi (Olu) Owoeye received funding to support his project titled “How Much is Too Much in Youth Team Sport? A Systematic Review”.  
The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, professor and director of the Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. Program in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. The title of her presentation was: “Building a Clinical Research Program: The View is Different from the Inside”. 
Following the keynote presentation, there was a question and answer session with clinicians, faculty, and students. Though it was held virtually this year, it was a memorable evening of inspiring discussion and special recognition of SLU PT faculty!

Monday, March 15, 2021

SLU Program in Physical Therapy Collaborates with the Department of Fine Arts in Teaching and Research

Scholarship Spotlight: SLU faculty present "What Do You See? Arts-Based Education to Facilitate Observation and Clinical Reasoning Skills" at the 2021 American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting.
Presented by Chris Anne Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, Elissa Claire Held Bradford, PT, PhD, Barbara Lynn Yemm, PT, DPT, Olubukola Gbadegesin, PhD, Cathleen Fleck, PhD, and Ann Marcolina Hayes, PT, DPT, MHS
This presentation at the Virtual CSM2021 is representative of the ongoing teaching and research collaboration between the Program in Physical Therapy and the Department of Fine Arts.  The SLU art historians facilitate a deeper “seeing” of fine art which transfer to greater observational skills by the physical therapist students. 

Students’ beliefs in their observational skills and their clinical reasoning were improved post-session as determined by pre-post survey data.  Qualitative analysis of narrative descriptions of observations yielded the following results: students improved in documentation of the descriptive context and interpretation of the situation.  This suggests that transfer of learning was achieved for observation of more static constructs.  

The research in the Program in PT with the Fine Arts Department continues.  The findings of this study are in alignment with other studies completed in other healthcare disciplines.  Arts based education, facilitated by art historians, results in a positive impact on student’s confidence in observation skills.   

Learn more about their research on the conference's programming website: https://apta.confex.com/apta/csm2021/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/29963

Friday, March 12, 2021

The Physical Therapy Clinic at the Health Resource Center Welcomes New Leads


We are so excited to announce our new leads for the HRC ProBono Clinic for physical therapy! It has been such an honor to start up Telehealth and provide physical therapy for the St. Louis community. The willingness from our patients and volunteers to try this experience via Zoom has been so appreciated. With new leads, they have new ideas coming for everyone, so make sure to watch out for opportunities to volunteer for HRC and get excited!! Congrats Olivia H, Michael I, Jemma K, Radhika P, Emily R, and Emily W.

-old leads of HRC


HRC Pro Bono Physical Therapy Visits continue via Zoom Telehealth. Patients with a Doctor's prescription can schedule a telehealth visit by emailing sluprobonopt@gmail.com or calling 314-881-8088.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Join the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy for the annual Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series



Join the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy for the annual Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series:

Building a Clinical Research Program: 
The View is Different from the Inside
presented by
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, Ph.D.
Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a professor and director of the Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. Program in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center.

She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has 20 years of clinical research experience in patients after joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations.

Her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, her research includes the evaluation of pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance.

Her clinical research has resulted in numerous publications (100+), national and international speaking invitations, and awards such as the Marian Williams Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Over the past decade, she has received over $14 million dollars to support her clinical research.

This event is complimentary but registration is required to receive the event link. Please register by March 23.

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