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October 3, 2023

As the director of the Clinical Science Doctoral Program in Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, I am no stranger to applications and reviewing material for programs like Pitt’s Audiology (AuD) and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) programs.

October 2, 2023

Thinking about applying to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program this fall?

We want you to know that you have a support system to help you through the application process and to answer all your questions about Occupational Therapy at Pitt. Start chatting with the enrollment specialist, and then you may meet the other familiar faces on the admissions team!

October 2, 2023

If you are considering Pitt’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, you will need to complete your online application through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, or OTCAS. After reviewing applications for more than a decade, I am happy to offer some expert tips to creating a stellar application!

September 27, 2023

Second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy Hybrid student Amanda Klein is completing a 15-week clinical education experience in Bethesda, Maryland, and is providing updates on her experience and what she’s been learning!

September 27, 2023

I applied for the University of Pittsburgh Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program on the last day that applications were open! It was a lazy summer day, and I’d been lingering around the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) website, rather clueless about what major I’d pursue, but knew that I was “pre-Physician Assistant (PA)” and working to fulfill those prerequisites. The Nutrition Science program was rather a spur-of-the-moment decision, but it wasn’t arbitrary and also happened to be a very correct one.

September 26, 2023

Assistant Professor Allyn Bove (SHRS ’20) became interested in studying health disparities while observing the needs of patients in a free New York City medical clinic during her physical therapy education at Columbia University. After returning to Pittsburgh and working in a private practice that offered frequent pro bono physical therapy services to uninsured patients, she became passionate about the topic and decided to pursue a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). The program combined her interests in arthritis and joint replacement with her growing dedication to understand and address health disparities.

September 25, 2023

June Bracken (CSBA ’23) grew up in Wexford, Pennsylvania, and originally wanted to pursue a career in music. Her talents included singing and playing a variety of instruments, which led her to the music therapy program at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

September 21, 2023

Professor Kelley Fitzgerald recently retired after spending 25 years as a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy. Kelley was a professor within the Clinical and Translational Research Institute, founder and inaugural director of the University of Pittsburgh Physical Therapy Clinical and Translational Research Center (PT-CTRC) and associate dean of Graduate Studies in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS).

September 21, 2023

In the mid 1960’s after Keith Erb (PT ’65)  graduated from West Virginia University, he enrolled in the D.T. Watson School of Physiatrics in Sewickley, PA, which was where Pitt’s physical therapy program began in 1927. At the time, it was a one-year certificate program and men made up one-third of the program’s students. They attended classes or labs for eight hours a day and had four to five hours of studying each night. Keith’s one special treat each school week was to watch 30 minutes of his favorite television show, Mayberry RFD, with his wife Barb.

September 20, 2023

Second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Hybrid student Amanda Klein from Spokane, WA, has started her third of four clinical education placements in the DPT program this summer. Klein, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was awarded a special clinical education placement at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and is writing a short blog series about her experience. Her insight is valuable to any student preparing for their clinical education placement, whether in another city or in their hometown!

September 8, 2023

University of Pittsburgh Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) student Gianna Coscia (DPAS ‘24) from Buffalo, NY, began the online program in summer 2023 while continuing to work full-time as a clinical research physician assistant (PA) in neurosurgery at University at Buffalo Neurosurgery. Coscia is excited to be part of the Pitt DPAS program and shares her experience being an online doctoral student. Read how the program is setting her up for expanded leadership opportunities in the PA profession.

September 7, 2023

For students in health care fields, obtaining experience in a clinical setting is a cornerstone of their academic journey where they can finally put their coursework into real-world practice. In the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, residential and hybrid students are required to complete 42 weeks of full-time clinical experiences over the seven terms of their program. This includes at least one inpatient and multiple outpatient clinical experiences where they will learn to support a variety of patient populations. The clinicals are a progression of their learning experience as students take the foundation they’ve learned at Pitt and build on it by learning from clinicians outside of the DPT program.

September 6, 2023

Professor Susan L. Whitney from the Department of Physical Therapy was recently re-elected to serve as the vice president of the International Neurologic Physiotherapy Association (INPA), a subgroup of World Physiotherapy based in the United Kingdom. She will serve a three-year term and as part of her duties will be co-planning an international virtual neurologic meeting that will involve at least 25 world experts in stroke, Parkinson’s disease, vestibular disorders and spinal cord injury and another 20 people to plan the meeting that will be held in fall 2024. As vice president, she works with the practice, education, webinar and special interest group teams to improve neurologic physical therapy practice globally.

August 29, 2023

Beginning January 2024, students in the Pitt Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) program will be able to register for the nation’s first digital health course offered to physician assistant (PA) students. Vice Chair for Innovation and Professor Dipu Patel who is leading the course says, “The curriculum was designed to harness the most current topics and trends in digital health and use them to inform and prepare students to improve their practice and care. This space continues to rapidly evolve and therefore, this course will continue to evolve as new tools, technologies, and research come to light.”

August 11, 2023

Pursuing a doctoral degree is a transformative intellectual journey. Most PAs welcome advancement within their scope of practice and are willing to engage in projects that foster professional improvement. The University of Pittsburgh Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) program provides students with the education to independently design and conduct a quality improvement (QI) project, analyze data, evaluate corresponding literature and develop ideas contributing to their practice setting. As graduates from the first cohort in the DPAS program, we can attest to the benefits and necessity of this advanced degree.

August 11, 2023

The world-class technology and advances developed by the Pitt Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology (RST) were represented by faculty, students and alumni at two spring conferences: the 38th International Seating Symposium in Pittsburgh, and the International Society of Prosthetics and the Orthotics (ISPO) Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

August 10, 2023

On Jan. 2, 2023, sports fans around the world held their collective breath as they watched Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin suffer sudden cardiac arrest on the field during a Monday night football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. What they may not realize is they were watching a highly orchestrated medical rescue—one that is rehearsed day in, day out in every sports facility in the country, from schools and community parks to colleges, universities and professional athletic venues. Kevin Conley, associate professor and chair, Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, notes that every team, every facility has an emergency action plan (EAP).

August 9, 2023

Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) has evolved over the past 70 years and has been embraced by some members of the health care community, the HexAI Research Laboratory in the Department of Health Information Management (HIM) stands alone.  

According to Health Informatics (HI) Assistant Professor Ahmad P. Tafti, director of the Pitt HexAI Research Laboratory, “The HexAI Lab not only combines AI strategies with clinical data, it also improves AI-powered clinical applications by promoting AI explainability and interpretability.”

August 7, 2023

I am pleased to announce that Director of Admissions Jessica Maguire is now Executive Director of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). In this position, she will provide strategic direction and oversight of admissions, advisement, student engagement and student services. She will advise and advocate for students and student groups, and collaborate closely with and advise the dean, vice dean, associate deans, department chairs and program directors.

July 26, 2023

As professor and program director for the hybrid option of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, Kim Nixon-Cave is both commander-in-chief and artistic director of a unique component of the hybrid students’ experience—the immersion.

July 21, 2023

Congratulations to Kristofer Herlitz!

Herlitz was awarded with the Pitt Sports Science program’s Emerging Sports Science Professional Scholarship at The 3 World of Sports Science 2023 virtual conference in March.

July 21, 2023

The University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) is proud to present the 2023 AccelerATe Scholarship awards. 

July 18, 2023

There’s something in the DNA of occupational therapists that propels them to seek out ways to implement positive change. 

According to Juleen Rodakowski, associate professor and chair, Department of Occupational Therapy (OT), occupational therapists often seek ways to improve the lives of their clients. This desire spurs practitioners to wonder how to best deliver interventions and support their clients—or even how the use of evidence can influence the OT profession as a whole.

July 17, 2023

I am energized by our ability to infuse technology into practice, adapt to the unique needs of community-oriented practice, and serve those who are most vulnerable in society. Occupational Therapy has a long history of being adaptable, and these are just a few examples that I see coming ahead.

July 17, 2023

Over the past decade there has been increasing cultural setbacks in regards to gender identity and sexual orientation by way of state legislation.