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August 9, 2022

As an alumna, instructor and now vice chair of Post-Professional Education of Pitt’s PT Department, I am uniquely situated to share the many benefits of the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Science in Physical Therapy program. I joined the physical therapy profession after becoming inspired by the innovative work in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine that was occurring under the direction Dr. Freddie Fu and James (Jay) Irrgang at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. They were leading the way in new surgical and rehabilitation techniques that I wanted to be a part of. 

August 9, 2022

Laura Abels graduated from the Spring 2022 APP course and is the Advanced Practice Education Coordinator at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Read more about her experience in the program.

July 29, 2022

David Gill is a recent graduate of Pitt’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Gill had an honorable career in the military prior to discovering his interest in health informatics; a passion that brought him to our Department of Health Information Management. He is now the chief of Patient Administration at Keller Army Community Hospital in West Point, NY. We asked him a few questions about his health informatics journey to where he is today.

July 13, 2022

To understand my daily routine as a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) hybrid student, I feel it necessary to reflect on why I chose Pitt’s hybrid option in the first place. To start, I come to Pitt’s DPT program working towards my second career. After having a career, with a salary and benefits, it was really scary to think about leaving financial stability to go back to school full time. The hybrid option has allowed me to be more flexible with maintaining a job during a DPT program. 

July 11, 2022

Student engagement refers to the manner in which students behave by taking advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom that ultimately allow for stimulation. It has become an increasingly important measure of social and academic success. Experiences like research, Co-Op, internships and community service allow Master of Rehabilitation Technology (MRT) students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to hands-on, real-world situations. 

July 5, 2022

The 37th International Seating Symposium (ISS) brought together more than 1,200 participants who quickly learned how the theme of “Showing our Value” applied to the work of researchers in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology (RST) at the University of Pittsburgh.

June 21, 2022

Physical Therapy is traditionally taught in a residential format where students come into a program, learn and practice concepts and techniques and then apply them to patient models to put theory and skills into practice. However, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program wants to educate aspiring physical therapists, no matter where they are. At the University of Pittsburgh, they can, because DPT is now offered in a hybrid format. 

June 14, 2022

The Health Informatics (HI) program at the University of Pittsburgh begins in the fall term of Junior year. Once the fall semester gets underway, new students meet their professors and classmates, commence HI classes and delve into the health informatics field. As part of the student’s orientation, I host career service days to introduce students to the support I provide to assist with finding an internship and begin prepping for their post-degree career. 

June 14, 2022

UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Leadership Certificate Course yields competent and knowledgeable leaders at the end of each session. The program educates aspiring APP leaders--Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants and allows for these influencers to inspire, impact and interact with one another to help develop full and well-rounded perspectives in their fields to provide the best patient care. 

June 13, 2022

Professor Emeritus George Carvell has been a member of the Department of Physical Therapy faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for 47 years. When he retired in 2022, he was not content to sit back and relax—instead, he published his book Gray Matter On My Mind: Brains Wired For Survival and Success. It was a process that took him over two decades to complete.

June 13, 2022

Graduate school is a time of excitement and significant professional growth that will propel you towards amazing professional career opportunities. However, life continues while completing the academic and clinical requirements of graduate study. There can be unforeseen hurdles and stressors that challenge your mental wellbeing as you navigate personal and professional responsibilities.

June 7, 2022

There’s a ton of anxiety surrounding the MCAT exam, which is completely understandable. It seems like the “end all” measure of getting into medical school. However, before I dive deeper into this discussion, I want you to remember there is so much more to your experience and story than a test score.

May 31, 2022

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) has much to offer. Currently, Pitt’s OT program is ranked #3* in the nation and is the highest ranked program in the state of Pennsylvania. Our 19 full-time faculty, researchers and changemakers are experts in a wide range of areas, including pediatrics, older adults, acute care, post-acute care and so much more.

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.