Chair's Update

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Welcome (or welcome back) to the Department of Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Here we are in the 2016-2017 academic year with change in the air. 

In June of this year, we welcomed the "charter class" into our completely new DPT curriculum. Consistently rated by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top DPT programs in the country for the last 10 years, the PT faculty still chose to embrace the sentiments of William Pollard who said, "Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow." With the great unknown of tomorrow’s healthcare environment, we believe that an innovative approach to professional education in physical therapy can better prepare tomorrow’s physical therapists.

Our new curriculum uses an integrated modular approach to presenting the foundational, clinical and behavioral sciences that underlie the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed for physical therapist practice. Taking only one case-based 4-week course at a time, students are set up to approach both their learning and patient care holistically. With a heavy emphasis on small group work and self-directed learning, learning activities are structured to manage information and solve problems as one would do in a patient/client care setting.

Our new curricular approach is coupled with the Institute’s ongoing commitments to educational technology and faculty development around innovative teaching strategies. The result will be a graduate exceptionally well prepared to lead practice in whatever tomorrow’s healthcare environment might look like. For more information, view our introductory video.

Our one-year Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy provides an opportunity for practicing physical therapists to add depth and breadth to their knowledge of orthopaedic practice through both classroom and clinical learning experiences. Residents are matched as part-time employees of one of our three clinical partners (more to come!) while also taking part in continuing education, teaching, and scholarly projects. Residency graduates typically pursue certification as orthopaedic clinical specialists through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

We are also working on new and expanded continuing education opportunities that will contribute to the professional development of practicing physical therapists in areas identified by our practice community as important priorities.

Our faculty continue to build their portfolios of scholarship (publications and presentations), and are actively supporting our profession at both the state and national level through service across a wide range of areas. The impact of faculty in our profession is far-reaching.

There is so much going on at the Institute and in the Physical Therapy Department that there is something for just about everyone to take part in whether you are an aspiring physical therapist, a practicing physical therapist, or a member of our local community. Continue your education, join our faculty, be a lab instructor or research subject, participate in student clinical experiences, or be a standardized patient.  




Pamela K. Levangie

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