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Dan Riddle and Paul Stratford publish a new book: "Is This Change Real? Interpreting Patient Outcomes in Physical Therapy

This new book is entitled "Is this Change Real? Interpreting Patient Outcomes in Physical Therapy" and published by FA Davis and Company.


Daniel L. Riddle, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Otto D. Payton Professor of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University

Paul W. Stratford, PT, MSc
Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science
Associate Member, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

This book provides therapists with a conceptual background for thinking about outcome assessment and then guides the reader through a series of five questions that will assist in guiding decisions about which outcomes measures to use and when to use them.

The book also provides a search strategy for locating outcome measures that may apply to a particular patient and a succinct way of critiquing the quality of a group of similar measures in order to identify the optimal measure for a given patient or a given practice setting.

Many illustrative examples and a diverse set of case reports from different specialty areas of clinical practice are provided. These case reports illustrate how therapists might apply the various principles discussed in the book to individual patients.

Carolee Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA, was the 2012 Robert L. Lamb Distinguished Lecturer

Carolee Winstein

Carolee Winstein, professor of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC, was the 2013 Robert Lamb Distinguished Lecturer. 

She presented a lecture on “The Challenges of Integrating Neurorehabilitation Research into Clinical Practice” on Friday, September 21, 2012 to clinicians, faculty and students. 

She described the continuum of increasing evidence from the pre-clinical theory through four phases toward long-term implementation. 

There was valuable discussion of the importance of promoting motor learning using the evidence while incorporating the basic psychological needs of the patient.

VCU has won second place in the Pittsburgh - Marquette Challenge, to raise money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy!

VCU raised a total of $14,288.18 in this year's Challenge. Students from 68 schools took on the challenge and raised $240,552 for physical therapy research. VCU students were recognized during APTA's Honors & Awards Celebration at the APTA Conference in Tampa, Florida. Student fundraising through the Challenge enables the Foundation to provide research grants and doctoral scholarships that would not be possible without the support of schools like VCU. Dianne Jewell, PT, PhD, was the inspirational mentor that guided the students through the organization of the fundraising events that included continuing education and the annual golf tournament. This year, the annual golf tournament will be held at the Hunting Hawk Golf Course on April 12, 2013. Click HERE to download more information about the Challenge and HERE for the sponsorship form.

Zachary Palumbos and Stephen Veseley received the 2nd place award from Foundation for PT Board President William G. Boissonnault at the 2012 Foundation Legacy Gala.

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Over Winter Break, a group of 15 second-year VCU physical therapy students and 1 nursing student from Piedmont Valley traveled to Costa Rica to provide therapy services.

Over Winter Break, a group of 15 second-year VCU physical therapy students and 1 nursing student from Piedmont Valley traveled to Costa Rica to provide therapy services. The group worked in an out-patient clinic in Tucurrique and a nursing home facility in Cartago. During the 14 day trip, the students assisted over 100 patients, donated supplies including PT supplies, toys and clothing and made a financial donation to the nursing home.

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14 VCU Physical Therapy alumni were newly certified as Specialists at CSM 2013.

Congratulations to the Newly certified specialists (VCU alumni)-

  1. Debbie P. Flint, PT, DPT, GCS (2004)
  2. Laura Webb Tymus, PT, GCS (1997)
  3. Jessica Hempstead Vaught, PT, DPT, NCS (2006)
  4. Matthew R. Wilks, PT, MSPT, NCS (1999)
  5. Laura Setzler Carney, PT, DPT, OCS (2007)
  6. Ton Van Du, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (2011)
  7. Kimberly Ann Link, PT, DPT, OCS (2007)
  8. Renata Salvatori, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT (2010)
  9. Pamela Marie Smith, PT, MS, OCS (1993)
  10. Michael Scott Stidham, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (2008)
  11. Kimberly Ann Welch, PT, DPT, OCS (2007)
  12. Ann Holiday Dunbar, PT, DPT, MS, WCS (2007)
  13. Amanda Lee Miller Avila, PT, DPT, WCS (2009)
  14. Jennifer Woodard Small, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS (2008)

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Reunion weekend 2011 was a success with the first Lifetime Achievement Award given to Doris Estelle, PT, class of 1947

Usually, more than 1200 MCV Campus alumni return to Richmond in April every year to celebrate reunion milestones. This year, the Physical Therapy Department is celebrating 80 years of Excellence in Education since its first accreditation in December, 1931. There will be campus tours, including the old surgical amphitheater (snake pit) in South hospital, the current physical therapy department in West hospital, a canal cruise, and garden tour. A continuing education course will be offered on Saturday morning, taught by Deydre Teyhan, PhD, PT, OCS. On Saturday night, beginning at 5:30 pm, a buffet dinner and cash bar will allow us all to celebrate and enjoy good company.The book, "Evolution of Physical Therapy at MCV and VCU" will be available at the reunion to thank you for a donation of $80 to the PT scholarship.

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80th Anniversary party was held at the 2011 American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference at National Harbor, MD.

The Department celebrated 80 years of excellent Physical Therapy education at the 2011 American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference at National Harbor, MD. The book chronicling the 80 years will continue to be available on request with a donation to the PT fund.

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Prospective DPT Student Open House

The VCU Department of Physical Therapy will now be offering two open houses a month for prospective students. The purpose of these sessions is to answer questions about the DPT program and the admissions process. Prior to scheduling a session, please take a look at our information regarding the DPT program and our admissions process at DPT program. The Open Houses will be held on alternate Mondays or Fridays and will consist of an information session with the department chair or admissions chair and a tour of the department. Please call the department for dates and times and to schedule an appointment.

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