A celebration of scholarship in research for more than two decades, the 24th Annual Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Gersten Day Guest Professorship proudly welcomed Professor Emeritus Jacqueline Wertsch, MD, from the Medical College of Wisconsin, as the keynote speaker on June 17, 2011, at the Ben Nighthorse Campbell Building on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Dr. Wertsch, who is recognized nationally for her excellence in teaching and research, was the recipient of the 2007 National Excellence in Teaching Award from Kessler New Jersey Medical School and the AAEM Distinguished Researcher Award in 2003. Funded continuously for over 25 years for her research, Dr. Wertsch has appointments with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Northwestern University in Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Marquette University. Dr. Wertsch’s presented “Rethinking CMAPs and SNAPs”, following a presentation by faculty researcher Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD. At the close of the day, residents and fellows had the opportunity for an informal seminar with Dr. Wertsch.
Following breakfast and the welcome hosted by Dennis Matthews, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the seven graduating residents and fellows presented their research, which brings together three years of work.
After the conclusion of Gersten Research Day activities, the annual Graduation dinner was held in the evening at the Denver Tech Center Hyatt Regency to recognize graduates and to announce the Academic Teaching Award, the Golden Goniometer, and the Jerome Gersten Clinical Teaching Award. The 2011 Golden Goniometer was awarded to Bill Sullivan, MD, and the Jerome Gersten Clinical Teaching Award went to Mark Johansen, MD.