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ATSU’s Department of Physical Therapy is seeking candidates who suffer from neck pain. Candidates will be part of a study investigating the use of thoracic manipulation to relieve neck pain. The study is open to anyone 20 years old to 50 years old.

The study will occur in the Interdisciplinary Research Lab located on the Mesa Campus. Participants in the study will be required to visit the research lab four times.

For more information or to enroll in the study, please contact John Heick, PT, DPT, associate professor, physical therapy at jheick@atsu.edu.

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MineoBuchanan_PosterArizOTA2014The ASHS occupational therapy (OT) program held their annual research day on September 9 on the ATSU Mesa Campus. Third-year OT students presented five research projects as part of a half-day research seminar that included power point presentations and poster sessions.  For a complete list of topics and presentations see the attached.

 

 

 

 

 

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ASDOH women join Eugene Anderson, chief policy officer and managing Vice President of ADEA at the International Women’s Leadership Conference in Barcelona, Spain

ASDOH women join Eugene Anderson, chief policy officer and managing vice president of ADEA at the International Women’s Leadership Conference in Barcelona, Spain

Six faculty and staff women from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) recently attended the 5th Annual American Dental Education Association (ADEA) held in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 14-16.

Drs. Michelle Gross-Panico, Klud Razoky, Maureen Munnelly Romer and Janet Woldt, along with Colleen Reidhead and Monica Williamson Nenad, shared their poster presentation, “Assessing the positive and negative aspects of the dental education work environment:  Are we happy and do we know it?” at the conference. Last spring, all ATSU-ASDOH faculty and staff were surveyed to assess job satisfaction factors and levels.

In their study, the researchers concluded that female employees overall are more satisfied with their work environment, which supported their hypothesis. They also recommended that further study is needed in areas of differences in satisfaction to ensure that female employees are given the same opportunities, benefits and support as their male counterparts.

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Three faculty members in ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies are examining telemedicine patient education to note the effectiveness of using the distance education Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework model. Joan Leafman, PhD, associate professor, Doctor of Health Sciences program (DHSc), Kathleen Mathieson, PhD, associate professor, DHSc program and Still Research Institute Scientist, and Kellie Bliven, PhD, Kinesiology, are researching the “Application of the Community of Inquiry distance education framework to telemedicine patient education.”

The CoI framework was developed (Garrison, Anderson and Archer, 2000) to enhance successful online communication with focus given to the comprehensive teaching and learning cycle. The CoI is a validated distance education framework which contends that for an optimal teaching and learning experience, three presences (cognitive, teaching and social) must exist.

Drs. Leafman, Mathieson and Bliven are working in partnership with Phoenix Indian Health Services-Joslin Vision Network (IHS-JVN) at Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC), where tele-ophthalmology exams are performed on diabetic patients annually to assess for risk of diabetes-related vision loss; and patients and caregivers who belong to any of the 35 online patient support communities established by Ben’s Friends, an organization which facilitates virtual support communities for people with rare diseases.

The results of the study to date have demonstrated that telemedicine is a favorable medium for patient education.  According to Dr. Leafman, “This research is important because the practice of telemedicine is well-defined and rapidly expanding. In contrast, telemedicine patient education, an integral part of the telemedicine process, is not well-defined.  Without a meaningful understanding of how to comprehensively engage patients effectively, telemedicine practices and applications may be unsuccessful”.

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ATSU vert blue blockA.T. Still University’s Athletic Training (AT) program has been selected by MomsTEAM Institute, a leading youth sports health and safety think tank and watchdog group, for a pilot program of MomsTEAM’s innovative SmartTeam™ initiative.

The pilot program will focus on sports injury and concussion risk management associated with the Mesa Youth Football League. ATSU marks one of only six programs nationwide.

Modeled on the community-centric approach to improving youth sports safety highlighted in MomsTEAM’s PBS documentary, “The Smartest Team: Making High School MomsTEAMFootball Safer”, the Mesa Youth Football League will be coordinated by ATSU’s Athletic Training Director, Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, and students of the AT program.

Over the course of the fall 2014 football season, Dr. McLeod and ATSU students will provide parents, coaches and officials in the Mesa Youth Football League program with ongoing education on how they and their child’s program can help keep them safe. ​

Read more at MomsTEAM.org.

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