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PT Program Director Delivers Prestigious Lectureship 

At this year’s American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, the largest Physical Therapy conference in the country, PT Program Director Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA, delivered the Anne Shumway-Cook Lectureship.

The Anne Shumway-Cook lectureship is designed to acknowledge and honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to neurologic physical therapy research and practice. Recipients of the lectureship have distinguished themselves as an esteemed neurorehabilitation scientist whose work has influenced neurological physical therapist clinical practice. The lecture provides an opportunity for the honoree to share experiences related to the translation of neuroscience and neurorehabilitation research into neurological physical therapist clinical practice.

Speaking to a full house, Schenkman described her journey from microbiologist to rehabilitation scientist. She discussed the importance of conceptual frameworks in directing research and practice, the evolution of evidence for the role of physical intervention for people with Parkinson disease, and the evolution of emphasis from a focus on underlying impairments to an emphasis on participation of people who live with chronic disabilities.

PT Faculty Member Awarded National Recognition in Orthopaedics

Congratulations to Paul Mintken, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CU Physical Therapy Professor, who was awarded the 2019 James
A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OPT).

The award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognizes and supports excellence in instructing OPT principles and techniques through the acknowledgment of an individual with exemplary teaching skills.

Among the criteria are good standing with the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA, devoting the majority of their professional career to student education, serving as a mentor and role model with evidence of strong student rapport, innovative teaching techniques that are intellectually challenging and promote retention of necessary knowledge and skills, and demonstrated excellence in instructional methods, presentation techniques, planning and organizational skills, and the ability to motivate students, among others.

Mintken was presented the award at the APTA Annual Meeting (CSM) by the Chair of the Awards Committee. An alum of the CU Physical Therapy Program, Mintken has been on faculty since 1997.

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Meredith Mealer, PhD Receives a National Endowment Grant

Congratulations to Meredith Mealer, PhD, Co-PI on a new award from the National Endowment of the Arts. This 2-year $375,000 grant with matching funds from the UC Denver Department of Medicine will fund development of a creative arts therapy program for critical care healthcare professionals in partnership with Denver non-profit art organizations Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute of the Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop of Denver.

To learn more about Dr. Mealer's research, click here.

Giving Tuesday

Join @CUPhysMed, @CUAnschutz, and the global movement of giving and support the Dennis J. Matthews Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund.

The Dennis J. Matthews Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund was established to enhance our important work and to honor Dr. Dennis Matthews, who led the department for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Matthews, a 1975 CU School of Medicine alumnus, became the fifth chair of PM&R in 1997. A pioneer in the field of pediatric rehabilitation, he is internationally known for overseeing great transformation in the field. This fund supports PM&R scholarship through visiting professor lectures, workshops and national presentations inspired by the innovative work and visionary leadership of Dr. Matthews.

Make your gift​ to the Dennis J. Matthews Fund online or contact the CU Office of Advancement at 303-813-7935 for more information.

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Dr. Sue Apkon joins CU PM&R and Children's Hospital Colorado as Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.

CU PM&R is thrilled to announce the recruitment of Dr. Sue Apkon to serve as Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado as well as Vice Chair of PM&R at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Apkon will begin in January 2019 to oversee a Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine program known across the world. She succeeds Dr. Dennis Matthews in one of his many leadership roles. Dr. Apkon returns after a tour de force at Seattle Children’s, where she served as Director of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Neuromuscular Program. Dr. Apkon attained the status of full Professor at University of Washington School of Medicine.


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