New Online tDPT Program

University of South Dakota will offer its first online Transitional DPT program starting this fall through its School of Health Sciences. The program is designed based off the American Physical Therapy Association’s Preferred Curricular Model for the Transitional Clinical Doctoral Program and Learner, as well as their competencies for the Transitional Clinical Doctorate Competencies. Click here to check out the program.

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Wii PT?

The El Paso (Texas) Times ran an article Sunday chronicling the story of 64-year-old Eva Hinojos who suffered from a stroke and congestive heart failure. Her PT is using Nintendo’s Wii as part of her rehabilitation. Read the story here.

Using physically interactive video games as part of a physical therapy treatment plan seems to be a growing trend. What do you think? Do you use any of these tools for your patients? How is it working?

Spring Cleaning at PTWA

For those of you who have never visited the PTWA office, it is in a lovely green house in Olympia

Office, sweet office

Office, sweet office

Our office also has a basement, where we store a treasure trove of wonders, from board meeting notes circa 1927 to boxes. Lots of boxes. So we decided a spring cleaning was in order. Just look at what we found!

A (very) dusty VHS video rewinder

A (very) dusty VHS video rewinder

The box for a mouse that probably hasn't seen the light of day in a decade

The box for a mouse that probably hasn't seen the light of day in a decade

A manual for a mouse copyright 1984. No kidding.

The manual for a mouse copyright 1984. No kidding.

And still in the basement…

Anyone moving?

Anyone moving?

And you thought we were kidding about the boxes!

With boxes always comes…

Styrofoam!

Styrofoam!

Yes – that is a stack of Styrofoam that reaches the ceiling.

Stay tuned – next week PTWA goes to the dump!

PTWA Member Wins State Cycling Championship

PTWA member Michael Hansen, PT, MPT, OCS, won a state cycling championship at the Wenatchee Omnium Stage Race on May 16,  less than one year after a serious bicycle accident that left him with life threatening injuries. Hansen, who is the owner of BioMechanical Sports Therapy in Wenatchee, shared his inspring story of  The Wenatchee World newspaper. Read it here.

Congratulations on your win, Michael!

Election Results from HoD

National elections at the House of Delegates finished yesterday. The new leadership lineup at APTA:

President: R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD

Vice President: Paul A Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS

Directors: Aimee B Klein, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS
Kathleen K Mairella, PT, DPT, MA
Mary C Sinnott, PT, DPT, MEd
Nicole L Stout, PT, MPT, CLT-LANA

Nominating Committee: James E Hughes, PT

Click here to read up about the new leadership.