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ATSU’s physical therapy orthopedic residency program has received notification of credentialing by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopedics.

“The residency curriculum is designed to elevate the professional’s clinical skills and knowledge from a general practitioner to that of a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy,” said Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT, MAppSc, OCS, FAAOMPT, director, orthopedic residency program. Upon completion of the residency program residents are prepared to take the orthopedic board certification exam with the APTA and practice patient-centered, evidence-based orthopedic physical therapy at the competence level of an orthopedic clinical specialist.

There are only 11 other university-based orthopedic residency programs in the United States.


Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L

Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L, associate professor and chair, Occupational Therapy department, has been selected for the editorial board of the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT).

OJOT is a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal with a mission to publish high-quality articles that focus on applied research, practice, and education in the occupational therapy profession.


Thomas McWilliams, DO, FACOFP

More than 75 ATSU-SOMA and ATSU-ASDOH students and faculty gathered on the Mesa campus on May 23 to hear Thomas McWilliams, DO, FACOFP, interim dean, ATSU-SOMA, share his experiences in frontier medicine.  Dr. McWilliams, a third-generation osteopathic physician, started his frontier medicine experience as part of the Alaskan Native Health Foundation initiative.

For seven years, he practiced family medicine and emergency care medicine in rural towns in Alaska.  Dr. McWilliams said that it gave him the opportunity to get back to the basics of medicine and use his diagnostic skills to the fullest.

To the students, Dr. McWilliams advised, “Set your sights high.  You’re in a profession where the possibilities are endless.”

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On May 12, the Arizona Still-Well Program held a kayak trip down the Salt River. The outing included 24 happy kayakers including students, staff, and faculty.

“Only one kayaker went overboard, but quickly made it back to her kayak,” said Beth Poppre, assistant vice president, student affairs, and Still-Well Program co-chair. The kayaker’s husband, DPT student Spencer Despain, lost his wedding ring while hanging on to her kayak. The couple joked that this was the second ring he has lost in the water.

Wildlife sightings included wild horses that live near the protected river, blue herons, eagles, and trout. After a two-hour float down the Salt River, the crew enjoyed a picnic lunch. “This will definitely become an annual event for Still-Well’s physical team,” said Poppre.

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 Lindsey Shepherd, AT ,’13, received the Warren Lee Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA District Seven), from the NATA Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Committee. Shepherd will be recognized during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Leadership Breakfast at the NATA’s 63rd Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in St. Louis on June 27-29.

Daisuke Yamada, AT ’13, received the Gary Delforge Scholarship, sponsored by the Friends of Gary Delforge, from the NATA Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Committee. Yamada will also be recognized alongside Shepherd during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Leadership Breakfast.


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