DPT Research Day celebrates achievements
St. Catherine University's annual Doctor of Physical Therapy program research day celebrates the achievements of students and faculty, and honors friends of the program.
Student teams presented the findings of their research projects in morning and afternoon sessions. Their research projects span a variety of cases and practices – from kneecap stability assessments to nerve function recovery following cancer treatment to physical therapy interventions with patients in intensive care units.
Midday, the Scott Azuma Memorial Lecture was delivered by Chris Kramer, senior physical therapist at Park Nicollet Clinic in Minneapolis, who discussed the importance of empathetic patient communications in "Do You Listen or Wait to Talk?"
Following Kramer's address, DPT Program Chair Lisa Dutton presented awards to students, faculty and friends of the program.
The DPT Program Endowed Scholarship was awarded to Kayla LeDuc, Sarah Ivanca and Beth Roers who were recognized for their potential to contribute to the profession.
Sarah DeRosier was presented the Marilyn S. Woods Scholarship, which recognizes third-year students for their servant-leadership, commitment to professional development and desire to practice in a rural area.
The Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award – chosen by first year students for faculty who demonstrate excellence in clinical teaching – was awarded to Diedre King.
The Alumnae/i of the Year Award recognizes graduates for their leadership, advancement of the profession and involvement with the program and this year's honoree was Jennifer Tuccitto, who graduated in 2001 and works at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center in Stillwater.
The Friend of the Program Award honors the contributions of individuals, groups or an organization to the DPT program. This year's honorees were Jean Mangan from Hennepin County Medical Center and Lora Anderson, who coordinates all of the physical therapy student placements for Allina Health.
About the program
The co-educational Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program (ranked No. 86 nationally by U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools") integrates basic sciences and professional practice to prepare students to become general physical therapist practitioners, helping people rehabilitate from injury, prevent recurrence, and maintain fitness and health.
Among the most competitive in the state, the program creates a transformative learning environment that enables graduates to be highly competent, ethical, evidence-based clinicians prepared to lead and influence within the profession of physical therapy, the health care environment, and the broader global community.