Monday, March 29, 2010

PT Faculty Present at International Listening Association Convention

PT faculty Catherine Thompson and Amy Foley presented as part of an educational session titled, "Barriers to Effective Healthcare Delivery: Are We Listening?  Do You Hear Us?" at the International Listening Association Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico March 26, 2010.

The presentation grew from work that Catherine and Amy previously completed with other faculty at Rockhurst. The program brochure described the session as follows:

"While healthcare professionals and their clients are expected to communicate equally well, evidence suggests that there are barriers to effective listening and overall communication. Common extrinsic barriers relate to environmental factors disrupting listening, while intrinsic barriers are individual differences associated with the speaker or the listener. Research of both intrinsic and extrinsic barriers to effective listening were discussed, including results of a recent survey of 215 healthcare providers. Awareness of both the extrinsic and intrinsic barriers to listening and elimination of these barriers can help both healthcare professionals and their clients effectively communicate for improved care.  The presentation highlighted the importance of dealing with these barriers to improve healthcare delivery."

Catherine states that she and Amy had a great time and learned a great deal at the convention that they can bring back to PT faculty and students. Congratulations to Catherine and Amy for their great work.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2nd Year Student Wins Video Competition

Current 2nd year student Chris Robl (PT '11) was the first place winner in Evidence in Motion's 2nd annual "Elevator Pitch Competition" in December 2009.

To enter the competition, Chris created and produced a 30 second video that answered the question, "Why is Physical Therapy the Best First Choice for Musculoskeletal Care?"

In announcing the award, Evidence in Motion representative Brooke McVeigh stated, "We appreciate the initiative that Chris showed by entering the competition and the passion that was exuded in his video."

Chris received a $1,000 prize for winning the competition. Congratulations, Chris!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rockhurst PT Faculty Achieve 100% Membership in APTA Facility Challenge

For the third year in a row, the Rockhurst Department of Physical Therapy Education has achieved 100 percent membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). All 10 full-time faculty in the department are members of APTA.

"I'm proud that our faculty demonstrate their commitment to the profession of physical therapy through continuing membership in APTA," said Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD, Chair of the physical therapy program. "Maintaining active membership in APTA keeps us intimately connected to our profession and definitely enhances our preparation of students to be future therapists."

Each physical therapist member of APTA pledges to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Conduct, which holds them to a high standard of practice. APTA ( is a national organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

PT Grad Featured in Rockhurst Magazine

The Winter 2010 issue of Rockhurst Magazine includes a story written by Jan Sokoloff Harness that features many graduates from Rockhurst University who are working in the healthcare field.

Titled, Rockhurst Cares for You, the article begins...

"A Rockhurst education touches your head, your heart and... your health?  Absolutely.  With undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide variety of health care fields,  Rockhurst University delivers a powerful antidote to systemic problems in health care. We're educating doctors, nurses, therapists and others who enter the healthcare field devoted to being men and women for and with others.  Bolstered by Jesuit values, Rockhurst alumni - including the six profiled here - approach each patient mindful of 'cura personalis,' care for the whole person."

We're proud that one of the graduates from our PT program was featured in this article.  Deborah Moore Rainey graduated in the class of 1991 and is now director of therapy at the Kansas City Physical Therapy Group.

Here's her story...

Deborah Moore Rainey, ’91
Physical Therapy

What does philosophy have to do with physical therapy? Quite a bit, according to Deborah Moore Rainey, director of therapy at the Kansas City Physical Therapy Group. She says her PT degree from Rockhurst helps shape her daily interactions with patients.

I think some of the philosophy classes I had at Rockhurst helped me think differently about where the patient is coming from. For example, I’ll talk with them about how manageable their pain level is, but we also talk about general activities in life. I want to know how they’re dealing with certain things, including limited function, so I’ll ask questions about what they can and can’t do, and how it affects their general day-to-day activities. For example, when one of my patients goes to church, she has trouble kneeling down and getting
back up. So we’re helping her learn how to perform specific functions using the correct muscle groups  without causing a lot of pain or  additional injuries.

I really encourage students to go to Rockhurst. I believe Rockhurst does more one-on-one with students. If you’re having a problem, there’s always someone there to help you understand concepts, problem solve, use critical thinking and encourage you to better your skills. You can always find a teacher who’s willing  to help you and give you guidance.

(story and photo courtesy Rockhurst Magazine)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Addition to the Rockhurst PT Family

Congratulations to AJ Thomas (PT '10) and his wife Carla on the birth of their first child! Leah Albie Thomas was born Monday (3/8/10) at 5:00 a.m. Everyone is doing well.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Students Present Research Projects

As part of the Rockhurst Physical Therapy curriculum, students complete either an individual or group research project under faculty mentorship. The following projects were completed by students in the Class of 2010. They were presented in platform format to the Rockhurst community on March 5, 2010 and will be presented in poster format at the MPTA spring meeting on April 16-17, 2010.

Congratulations to these students and their faculty mentors on creating and presenting outstanding projects.

The Effects of Carbohydrate Supplementation on Cognitive Measures during Prolonged Aerobic

Michael Crawford, SPT;  Gary Eichenberger, SPT; Holly Rauch, SPT; and Megan Wainscott, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Don Hoover PT, PhD

Long Term Effects of ACL Reconstruction on Performance
Jamie Fuqua, SPT; Sarah Roberts, SPT; and Katy Watson, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Jean Hiebert PT, PhD

The Relationship Between Documenting and Treating Scapular Dysfunction by Physical Therapist
Kelli Richardson, SPT; Tracey Brown, SPT; Darin Pape, SPT;  and Ashley Roberts, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Jim Dronberger PT, DPT, OCS, MBA

The Effects of Parent Training Augmented by Audiovisual Instruction on Motor Practice and Motor Development of Children with Down Syndrome
Anastasia Stalsworth, SPT; Anthony Thomas, SPT; and Megan Weber, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Catherine Thompson PT, PhD, MS

The Use of Technology in Physical Therapist Education Programs
Adrienne Klein, SPT; Curtis Kempton, SPT; and Jenny Aloisio, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Steve Wilkinson PT, PhD

The Development of Leadership in Physical Therapy: Emerging Leaders
Mary Krogmeier, SPT; Jessica Barr-Crane, SPT; and Lauren Holle, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Ellen Spake PT, PhD

A Biomechanical Comparison of Gait Between Normals and Patients with Total Knee Arthroplasty using Body Weight Support During Treadmill Ambulation
Justin Trent, SPT; Leah Driver, SPT; Rebecca Fisher, SPT; and Carrie McDonald, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Mohamed Kohia PT, PhD

Older Adult Activity Patterns Associated with Perceived Barriers and Benefits to Exercise in a Large Metropolitan Area
Natalie Bliss, SPT; Jessica Crawford, SPT; Elizabeth Lewis, SPT; and Stephanie Papik, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Ann Marie Decker, PT, GCS, MSA

The Effect of Different Pedal Types on Maximal Oxygen Consumption and Power Output
Madeline Cline, SPT; Katie Greubel, SPT; Kara Page, SPT; and  Jamie Bovay, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Jean Hiebert PT, PhD

The Effects of a Computerized Audience Response System on Quiz Scores in a Physical and Occupational Therapy Neuroscience Course
Jolyn Noble SPT; Gregory Hollenbeck, SPT; and Sarah Hargrove, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD

The Effects of Treadmill training with Partial Body Weight Support on Patients Following Total Knee Arthroplasty
Laura Hale, SPT; Aubrey Swank, SPT;  and Nikki Waterworth, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Mohamed Kohia PT, PhD