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March 22, 2023

When the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Hybrid students gather in-person for the immersion experiences, they aren’t coming together to just check off boxes from the program’s curriculum and move themselves one step closer to graduation. As they start to arrive and see each other in the hallway, it’s all high-pitched whoops, backslaps and running hugs as they celebrate reuniting with members of their DPT Hybrid family who have become an integral part of their learning community. ...

March 20, 2023

Jennifer S. White, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT), is one of five Health Sciences faculty who recently completed the inaugural Social Justice Faculty Fellowship program developed by the Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The fellowship pairs one faculty member from each of the Pitt Health Sciences schools with a community organization for a 10-month project to address inequities relative to the health and well-being of the community-at-large.

March 13, 2023

After practicing clinically in family medicine for the past eleven years, PA Erin Jones (DPAS ‘23) recognized that to continue practicing medicine at the highest level and provide superior patient care, she needed to expand her knowledge, network and engage with others, gain leadership skills and become a mentor and an educator herself.  ...

March 9, 2023

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) mourns the loss of Department of Physical Therapy Professor Emeritus George Carvell who passed away at the age of 77 on Sunday, March 5. Carvell had recently retired after 47 years of teaching neuroscience in SHRS’ Physical Therapy (PT) and undergraduate Rehabilitation Science programs.

March 9, 2023

Twice a semester, students in the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Hybrid program come to Pittsburgh from across the country for six to nine days of intensive hands-on learning. The “immersion experience,” as it is known, is spent fine-tuning and perfecting what they’ve learned with their instructors online and practiced at home, as well as learning new skills that can only be introduced during the in-person sessions, all while forming lifelong bonds with their fellow students and future colleagues.  ...

March 7, 2023

Karlyn Rupert is a physician assistant who’s been practicing for 11 years and currently works in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Pittsburgh. She completed her PA training at Chatham University and graduated in 2012. She has worked in oncology, in both bone marrow transplant and outpatient breast medical oncology. Here’s how the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Physician Assistant Studies (DPAS) program is helping her make a difference.

March 7, 2023

My name is Sarah, and I am a 2012 graduate of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program* at Pitt. I am currently a Disability Specialist in the Department of Disability Resources and Services at the University of Pittsburgh (I just couldn’t stay away!). Prior to my current position I spent 10 1/2 years with Main Line Rehab/NeuroRestorative. If it wasn’t for my time in the Rehab Counseling program, I would not have been prepared to take on my roles in these organizations.  

March 2, 2023

During one of the information sessions for the Master of Rehabilitation Technology (MRT) program, the MRT faculty and SHRS enrollment team introduced prospective students to recent MRT graduates to discuss the program’s curriculum, online learning and quality of education. We agree with our graduates that these are the top reasons why MRT at Pitt could be for you and the way to launch your next bold move into the world of rehabilitation technology! ...

March 2, 2023

In celebration of National Women's Day, we'd like to recognize five incredible women at SHRS who have dedicated their careers to advancing health care through research and education. Let's take a closer look at their inspiring stories.

February 24, 2023

Many practicing PAs who are thinking of applying to our Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) Program ask about the internship courses in the curriculum. They wonder about the requirements, their options for completing it, and if they can fit this into their already busy work and home lives. At first glance, it probably seems a bit strange that a licensed, practicing clinician would be asked to do an internship. When you consider the purpose and outcome of the internship as part of the DPAS curriculum, you realize the immense value it provides to the DPAS candidate and those they serve in their place of practice. 

February 24, 2023

I found out about the Sports Medicine program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) through personal research. I am originally from Maryland and wanted to go to a graduate school that wasn’t too far from home. Having my background in exercise science, I was interested in continuing my education further into similar realms of this field. I looked at many of the schools neighboring Maryland with programs ranging from Kinesiology, Clinical Exercise Science, Sports Science and even Health Education.  ...

February 23, 2023

Pitt offers over 100 undergraduate majors—as a new college student this can be equally exciting and overwhelming. If you’re struggling to choose, you will find that Communication Science checks off a lot of boxes on the proverbial list. Communication is a fundamental skill in all aspects of life and gaining a foundational understanding of the science behind it is beneficial in all environments.

February 21, 2023

Seniors graduating from the University of Pittsburgh Health Informatics (HI) undergraduate program are watching their careers take off! As of January 2023, 63% of Pitt HI seniors have already secured a job in health informatics after they graduate in April 2023—our best year yet! There is no understating that the job market is hot for health informatics students.

February 15, 2023

Nearly forty years ago, the University of Pittsburgh began a world class Sports Medicine program for students interested in sports injury prevention and research. Since then, it has never stopped evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of athletes, military personnel and everyday people or setting the standards for sports medicine research.

February 15, 2023

The decision to attend graduate school while working full-time is not as easy as it sounds. Many of us complete our undergraduate degree as full-time students, which I did in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Upon completion of an undergraduate degree, some continue directly to graduate school while others, such as myself, enter the workforce. ...

February 14, 2023

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) faculty continue to shine with awards that reflect their transformative contributions to the health care community. The American Academy of Audiology is honoring Catherine Palmer, professor and interim chair in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders (CSD), professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, and director of Audiology at UPMC with the Honors of the Academy award.

February 8, 2023

The Pitt School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) offers two separate degree programs in nutrition that attract students with different career goals. Let’s dive in to learn more about their differences and find out which one is right for you!

February 7, 2023

Nutrition and dietetics play a major role in the treatment and recovery of cancer patients. In her role as clinical dietitian lead at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cancer Institute, Rachel Harken (BS ’95, MS ’99) works as part of the Oncology Navigation team. She builds relationships with patients and utilizes different nutrition therapies to help alleviate some of the nutrition-related side effects that often accompany chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.

February 3, 2023

Heather Snyder is a physician assistant at Franklin Community Medicine UPMC in Franklin, PA, which is located about one and a half hours north of Pittsburgh. She has been practicing in her rural community for nine years.  Here’s why she chose Pitt’s online, post-professional Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) and how it’s helping her reach her goals.

February 1, 2023

One of the University of Pittsburgh’s own will have his name listed among other pioneering, world renown innovators such as Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison. The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) distinguished professor and founder and director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), Rory Cooper, will be one of 16 new inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) as part of their 50th year celebration.

January 31, 2023

When it comes to the reasons why students choose the Pitt Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) hybrid program over the residential offering, many common themes emerge. In this first of a five-part series, we share the top reasons that students have made the decision to go hybrid.

January 27, 2023

The Administrative Elective Course prepares Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) candidates for leadership roles in their places of practice. The course focuses on the U.S. health care system, health care reform, payment models and how the U.S. health care system compares to others in the world. Candidates also learn about different types of leadership styles and how to analyze their own strengths and opportunities to lead positive change. 

January 24, 2023

While a bachelor’s degree in CS is a must on the academic checklist for those aiming to be practicing clinicians and scientists in the field of Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) at the master’s or doctoral level, it is often overlooked as a standalone degree. On average, approximately 25% of students who graduate with their Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science at Pitt do not apply for graduate programs. So, what are they doing? The answer is anything and everything!

January 23, 2023

Are you a student with your eyes on applying to a physician assistant (PA) program? If so, consider getting your undergraduate degree in Emergency Medicine at Pitt!

January 18, 2023

Jason Thomas is a current Doctor of Physician Assistant Studies (DPAS) student and physician assistant who has been practicing for 18 years. He practices gastroenterology for Excela Health while teaching full-time at Seton Hill University where he’s been since 2019. Here’s why he chose Pitt’s online, post-professional Doctor of PA Studies program and why he’s excited to share his experience with fellow colleagues.  ...