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Message from the Dean


On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I welcome you to Emory Physical Therapy. We are off to a strong start with our class of 2020, which includes 78 students from 27 states, coming to us from 53 universities and 21 undergraduate majors.

In early May, we graduated the Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2017, which included two DPT/MBA students, one DPT/MPH student, and 68 students who earned their DPT. Our commencement speaker was Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, president of the American Physical Therapy Association and professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Dunn’s talk focused on pursuing dreams, staying humble, and doing our absolute best in all endeavors.

We are pleased to highlight acute care in our magazine this year. Recent research shows that early mobilization and physical therapy in the intensive care unit (ICU) improve patient outcomes. However, as many of you know, the ICU is a complicated and challenging environment for physical therapists and patients. In these pages, we’re pleased to highlight the training work being done by Assistant Professor Kathy Lee Bishop, PT, DPT, CCS, and Jennifer Sharp 11DPT. Bishop and Sharp co-teach Emory’s Advanced Acute Care elective, a one-of-a-kind experience that centers on weekly simulations and concludes with short rotations in local ICUs. The course operates in close cooperation with Emory Healthcare and other hospital partners in metro Atlanta. Graduates who have taken this advanced class are at the forefront of implementing and advancing early mobilization interventions in the acute care units in which they practice.

We continue to rely on philanthropic gifts from our alumni and other supporters to help students in financial need. In this magazine, we share the story of alumnus and donor Lee Roberts 84MPT, 06DPT, and his daughter Caroline Roberts 14DPT. Below, you’ll also see information about our newest scholarship program, named after alumna and donor Norma Fraser 82MMSc. We are always grateful for your consideration when making charitable decisions.

Finally, we are looking forward to hosting the 2nd Interprofessional Simulation Conference, November 14-15, 2017. The conference brings together interdisciplinary health science educators and clinicians to promote and determine best practice, assessment measures, and techniques in use of simulation as an education tool. We look forward to seeing many of you here soon for this exciting conference.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Emory Physical Therapy. My sincere thanks to all who support the Division of Physical Therapy in so many ways.

Best wishes,
Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA
Professor and Director

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