Main Content:
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

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.   

February 22, 2022

Deciding on the path that’s right for you can be challenging. There are many choices of graduate professional programs, and the overlap among these choices can be confusing. Read about some factors that set Pitt’s Counseling program apart.

February 21, 2022

As pre-health students we hear professors, guidance counselors, Youtubers--pretty much anyone in academics telling us we need to “stand out”. Why? Because  graduate programs in the health fields have gotten quite competitive. The accepted GPA range continues to rise and the extracurricular expectations seem to increase each year. This may be due to a higher number of students applying, but it’s also because of higher expectations set by schools for their incoming classes.

February 21, 2022

No matter how hard we try, motivation is not there 100% of the time. Even if the career you’re chasing is your dream career, it’s not always easy to stay productive. However, as we all know, it’s necessary that we continue learning and growing even when we aren’t feeling motivated at the moment. Over the past three years, I’ve learned some ways to both increase motivation and work through the rough patches. 

February 21, 2022

When he isn’t scoring points on the court, former Charlotte Hornets Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist doesn’t stick to the bench–as a person who stutters, he is a passionate advocate for this speech disorder that affects about 1% of the population. Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Professor Mandy Hampton Wray was excited to invite him to the Pitt School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) to share his experiences with her class of aspiring SLPs-to-be. 

 

February 11, 2022

Does your provider look like you? This may matter more than you think. In an analysis of more than 100,000 patient surveys, University of Pennsylvania researchers found that when patients are of the same race as their providers, there was a better chance of receiving higher patient experience scores. This may be problematic as the health care workforce needs to be further diversified to mirror the racial composition of the country. The Assistive Technology (AT) industry is similarly insufficiently diverse and facing similar challenges. 

February 11, 2022

All eyes will be on SoFi Stadium this Sunday as the Los Angeles Rams square off against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. In addition to Rams and Bengals, there will also be a few Pitt Panthers on the field–namely LA defensive tackle Aaron Donald (’13) and Cincinnati wide receiver Tyler Boyd (’15). One spectator this Sunday will be watching the game through a different lens: The lens of Sports Science.  

February 3, 2022

Did you know that the International Seating Symposium, or ISS, is the largest seating and mobility conference in the world? We’re admittedly a bit biased with our organizing team hailing from the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. This expansive symposium is led by our Master of Rehabilitation Technology (MRT) instructors Drs. Mark Schmeler and Rachel Hibbs - and we think this year’s event was the best yet. 

January 27, 2022

This time of year, like clockwork, people start the new year with fresh hope and big plans. Many people even make formal resolutions, and almost as many people abandon their resolutions a few weeks into the year. Yet, we continue this pattern, year after year. It’s not an exercise in futility.  

January 26, 2022

It’s the New Year, a time when many resolve to eat healthier, be more active, or lose weight. Motivation soars as we reflect over the past year and set our intentions for the next year. However, as the daily grind sets in and time goes on, intentions often fade and we find ourselves back to old habits. To help you stick to your goals this year try these 5 simple strategies.

January 12, 2022

Find your passion. This is a phrase we hear a lot in college. It seems simple enough. Choose to study what you love most, right? But for many of us, this task is a lot more daunting than what it’s made out to be. It seems like we have one shot to choose the correct path because we’re consistently told, “You’re going to be doing this for the rest of your life.” As students, just learning about ourselves and starting to establish our life goals are extremely scary.  

December 23, 2021

I am thrilled to introduce our newest core faculty member for the Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Certificate Course co-sponsored by the UPMC Office of Advanced Practice Providers and the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences—Kathryn Reed, PA-C. Kathryn is an assistant professor and vice chair for Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. 

December 16, 2021

I was fortunate to be able to attend a Continuing Medical Education (CME) conference recently. It was the first conference I had been to since the start of the pandemic. I thought I would fall right back into that familiar conference-attendee flow.

December 16, 2021

Here’s your inside scoop for all-things having to do with the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification! The ATP certification is managed by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Per the RESNA website, “the ATP certification recognizes demonstrated competence in analyzing the needs of consumers with disabilities, assisting in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumers' needs and providing training in the use of the selected devices.”