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Interprofessional Education


Collaborative curriculum with students from all medical and healthcare programs on campus:

 

Innovative Curriculum  


  • Prepares graduates for professional careers as Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Prepares graduates to work with patients across the lifespan
  • Content threaded through courses to prepare graduates who are:
    • Ethical
    • Culturally competent
    • Evidence-based
    • Patient-centered
  • Service opportunities in local community
    • Various campus-wide interprofessional service-oriented activities
    • Stout Street Clinic: A monthly physical therapy clinic for individuals who are homeless in downtown  Denver
    • DAWN Clinic​
    • 9 News Health Fair
    • Body balance screenings
    • Night Owls respite care for families who have children with disabilities
  • Community patient volunteers in classes

 

Diversity and Inclusion


As part of the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, the Physical Therapy Program supports the School of Medicine Diversity Mission statement:

The students, residents, faculty and administration of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) believe that diversity is a value that is central to the School’s educational, research, community service and health care missions. Therefore, the SOM is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, house staff, faculty and senior administration. The SOM adopts a definition of diversity that embraces race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, political beliefs and socioeconomic status. The definition of diversity also includes life experiences, record of service and employment and other talents and personal attributes that can enhance the scholarly, clinical care and learning environment.

We believe the educational experience of all students, the influence of the physical therapist profession, and our research agenda are enhanced when students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to interact with a broad range of individuals who represent diverse backgrounds and experiences. There is compelling evidence that achieving diversity within healthcare education enhances the quality of education provided, promotes student and faculty achievement, strengthens community partnerships, and informs the development of innovative models of service delivery and research agenda that seek to reduce health disparities. Moreover, achieving diversity in healthcare education translates directly to improved healthcare utilization and quality for underserved and minority populations.

In recognition of the value that diversity brings to medical education, the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program strives to:

  • Recruit and retain a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff
  • Create a culture for students, faculty, and staff that enhances learning, supports career development, fosters respectful discourse, and promotes equity
  • Prepare students as leaders for practicing in diverse communities and healthcare settings

Learn more about the Office of Diversity and Inclusion HERE.


Global Health


  • Volunteer opportunity in Nicaragua
  • Participation in CU Peru​, an interprofessional global health student-run organization
  • Frequent presentations on campus
  • Global Health student groups

 

Partnerships


Research Opportunities


 

Faculty Scholarship


  • Advancing the scientific foundation of physical therapy practice in:
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Osteoarthritis & osteoporosis
    • Joint arthroplasty
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Autism
    • Chronic musculoskeletal pain
    • Pedagogy
    • Physical Therapy and Clinical education