Doctor of Physical Therapy Program News • Fall 2020
Program director's note
As the uncertainties brought about by the coronavirus and these unprecedented times have hit our homes, communities and campus, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Wayne State University has stepped up to meet the challenges.
I am extremely proud of the hard work, compassion and thoughtfulness that our PT faculty demonstrated as we quickly transitioned our courses online in March. The creativity, diligence and innovation truly were impressive.
We quickly mobilized to secure PPE and reorganize our curriculum, shifting courses that could be taught online to the spring semester and shifting hands-on labs to later dates, once permitted by the university’s safety guidelines.
This newsletter offers a few highlights of our faculty’s inspiring work and experiences as we adjusted to remote learning, changes in our research abilities, and the challenges and successes along the way.
I must also recognize and thank our DPT students. With all the uncertainty, they remained patient, flexible and understanding. Our students are a strong group of individuals who juggle academics, families, work and volunteerism. As they adjusted to remote learning, they continued to inspire us and contribute in positive ways — from helping supply local homeless shelters with PPE to contributing to APTA publications.
We are looking forward to safely continuing learning on campus. As always, we are Warrior Strong, and now we are also Warrior Safe.
Kristina R. Reid, PT, MS
Clinical education director's note
We would like to thank each and every clinical educator and clinical instructor who has worked with our WSU students during this ongoing and evolving pandemic time. Amidst the many changes, cancellations and reschedules all graduating students have been successfully placed for their terminal clinical experiences and are on track to graduate in December 2020. Thanks to all of you.
Our first-year students are completing their first rescheduled clinical experience in a new one-week format. Six of the 38 students participated in a new Junior/Senior Student Collaborative Model, working with their CI and a senior SPT on their first terminal clinical experience. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive from students and clinical instructors. We will be evaluating this model for future use in the clinical education curriculum at WSU.
Our second-year students had their six-week clinical experiences canceled for both the spring and summer semesters. They are all being rescheduled to November following a fall remediation to make up classes and labs to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to successfully complete this clinical experience.
The Level 1 APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) that I was scheduled to teach in November at the University of Michigan–Flint with Dr. Karen Berg, PT, was canceled by APTA. We are now looking to provide the online format, once available and approved by APTA. In the meantime, we have rescheduled this Level 1 CCIP Course for May 6-7, 2021, at Wayne State University. WSU will provide 10 scholarships for CIs who have taken or are planning on taking WSU students (at the APTA member price). Email me if you are interested! A Level 2 CCIP course is being planned for November 2021.
Martha Schiller, PT, DPT, MSA, C/NDT
Pivoting during a pandemic: How the coronavirus has affected faculty
Recently, members of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program faculty participated in a Q&A to give insight into how their professional and personal lives have been impacted by the pandemic — including a few silver linings.
Improving health care for LGBTQ and other underrepresented populations
As the first openly transgender person accepted into Wayne State’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Haley Boccomino (whose pronouns are they/them) hopes to help educate fellow future medical professionals and ensure improved care for transgender patients. In fact, Boccomino aims to ensure that everyone — regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or socioeconomic status — receives the care they need. Their effort is now being funded in part through a Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dean’s Endowed Recruitment Scholarship. Read about Haley here, and don't miss their APTA blog post, "Five ways to be an LGBTQ patient ally."
Haley is one of 23 Wayne State physical therapy students who were honored with scholarships in 2020.
Share your news and updates
If you have news of your own to share or just want to say hello, please get in touch! We'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to email Kristina Reid directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also update your alumni record online to make sure we have your most up-to-date contact information for future newsletters.