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May 24, 2022

The first week of May was Teacher Appreciation Week! In case you missed it, our Master of Rehabilitation Technology (MRT) Program Director Mary Goldberg celebrated by highlighting the faculty and instructors of the MRT program via Twitter! She gave those who mentor future Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) and cultivate assistive tech geniuses here at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences special kudos throughout the week.  

May 24, 2022

At the 2022 International Bárány Society meeting in Madrid, Spain, Professor Sue Whitney received the prestigious Hallpike-Nylen Award for her lifetime achievements in vestibular clinical research. This award is presented in honor of Dr. Robert Bárány, who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his fundamental work on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular system. Whitney, co-director of our Post-Professional Program in Physical Therapy, is the first non-physician to receive this distinction.

May 23, 2022

We receive the question often—what are some tips for completing a strong application to the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program? With the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Services, or PTCAS, opening in mid-June, we decided to share these five tips when preparing your application to our DPT program, now with residential and hybrid options. 

May 19, 2022

Megan Munson, graduate of the Sports Science Master’s program this spring, is ready to be a part time coach and intern at the Sports Academy facility at The Star in Frisco, Texas--the sports performance wing of the Baylor, Scott, and White Sports Therapy and Research campus. It’s better known as the headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys. 

May 19, 2022

The Master of Rehabilitation Technology program is for people of many different backgrounds: physical therapy, engineering, IT and more. One of the beautiful things about this program is that it provides an environment for individuals with these different backgrounds to collaborate and create an assistive device for people in need.  

May 12, 2022

Starting a graduate program is a big step in advancing one’s career. Whether you are attending an entry-level professional program or pursuing advanced training, simply applying and getting into graduate school can feel like a monumental task. If you’ve accomplished this—congratulations! To be sure you complete the path you started and reach your end-goals, you will need to prioritize self-care.

May 11, 2022

As Shreeman Pericherla (BS ‘22) prepares to begin his studies at medical school, he's taking time to reflect on the journey that got him there.

May 10, 2022

Let’s talk about the University of Pittsburgh’s DPT Hybrid immersions and my experience with flights, lodging, food, transportation—and all of the things in between. I know it can be overwhelming to think about practicing and acing hands-on skills in a little over a week. I have good news—this is knowledge you will ALREADY have through the program’s online instruction and  skills you will already be practicing at home. The immersion is a place to get feedback and perfect these skills a little further.

May 3, 2022

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) faculty showed their commitment to “Getting WISER on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Health Care Education: The Role of Simulation” thanks to a special interdisciplinary series. 

April 6, 2022

Community engagement is woven throughout the DPT curriculum at Pitt by design. But students aren’t simply volunteering; they are actively engaging with their communities, listening to the needs of community members and advocating for high-quality health care of all individuals.

April 5, 2022

The MRT program combines online coursework with in-person instruction to offer students a balanced experience. And balance was the name of the game at the most recent Deep Dive!

April 4, 2022

Pitt’s Health Informatics (HI) program offers an array of courses that vary from technology-oriented to clinical sciences, but there is one course that noticeably stands out as different from the rest.

March 18, 2022

Dr. Elizabeth Skidmore epitomizes servant leadership in the most inspiring and impactful way. Skidmore is professor and chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Occupational Therapy and associate dean of research in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. 

March 18, 2022

Thanks to her career in clinical work, Kelsey Voltz-Poremba wants her teaching to foster a passion for helping people. 

March 18, 2022

A lot of people who come to our occupational therapy program are frustrated because they don't know how to achieve success for their clients or for the health system. 

March 18, 2022

The benefits of evidence-based practice in occupational therapy cannot be overstated. Over 90% of OTs agree that EBP is 'necessary to practice,' and 'helps in decision making.' 

March 15, 2022

I’ll admit it. Walking into Dr. Dilhari DeAlmeida’s Foundations of Health Informatics class was intimidating. Informatics buzz words like “Tableau” were embedded in the syllabus. However, her outgoing kindness made all those feelings immediately dissipate. “Call me Dilhari,” she told us. The classroom quickly became a safe place to make mistakes, ask questions and become more familiar with, well, what health informatics is anyway.

March 15, 2022

I spent hours researching the field of health informatics, the curriculum and the professors, just to get a feel for how my next two years would play out. Nothing could have prepared me for such an approachable and professional community of people that greeted me when I walked through those SHRS doors.  

March 14, 2022

Whenever the Panthers score a goal on the soccer pitch, Sports Science Master’s student Kevin Madigan is right there to break down the mechanics of it all. His internship with the Pitt women’s soccer team helps bring to life the lessons learned in the classroom. 

March 14, 2022

Athletic trainers always have to be ready to spring into action and prepared to save lives on the field–but alumna Molly Trott (BS ’14) has shown how that attitude can actually be a lifestyle. In 2021, when a co-worker’s son was in need of a kidney transplant, she stepped up as a living donor, an act of selflessness that earned her the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) Lifesaver Award at the 2022 Student Symposium.

March 14, 2022

With an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, Caroline Pellegrini was eager to advance her career with a graduate degree that would allow her to bridge athletics and human performance research. When she found the one-year Master of Science in Sports Science program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), it was the perfect fit.

March 7, 2022

Dave Wert, vice chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Education, notes, “One of the key benefits of our hybrid option is that this is not a transition from what used to be a ‘traditional lecture program’ to a ‘COVID-pandemic remote learning environment.’ Rather, our hybrid program was specifically designed to be an online program for online learners who want to become practicing clinicians.” 

March 7, 2022

We get a lot of questions about the Master of Rehabilitation Technology (MRT) online program: Will I still get the best educational experience? How will my online training translate to the ‘real world’? Can I still get hands-on experience? Will I have the same experience as others in residential programs? Can I access labs and research initiatives? Excellent news for you, dear readers! The answer is a resounding YES.

March 7, 2022

SHRS had a strong presence at the Conference of the National Collegiate EMS Foundation (NCEMSF). EM students, faculty and alumni attended to hear some of the biggest names in EMS education and research speak on a number of topics. The event was held in Pittsburgh from February 25-27.

March 2, 2022

We developed the DPAS program based on one main consideration: Practice-based learning and analysis by PAs advances the quality and value of the care we provide. Our perspectives are informed by our experiences as clinically practicing PAs, PA educators, administrators in a school dedicated to training a variety of health care professionals, and graduates of a doctoral program.