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:

Story by Kristin Hrasky

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 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.

If you are having troubles accessing the registration site, you can copy and paste this link into your search bar: