Thursday, October 20, 2016

SLU PT Faculty Member Shares Personal Stories About Confidence

SLU PT Faculty Member Dr. Lisa Dorsey was the keynote speaker for the Lean In St. Louis Event. 
Excerpt from the Saint Louis University's Women's Commission Newsletter

Women's Commission partnered with Lean In St. Louis to host a "Confidence in Motion" event and kick off a new year-long series of meetings in which women of the St. Louis community can explore together ways to have confidence in personal and professional settings.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Lisa Dorsey, who shared a personal narrative about developing confidence, surrounding herself with a team of supporters, and the role of mentorship in her life.
To find out more information on the Lean In STL chapter or how to get involved, please visit

Dr. Dorsey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Louis University, a PhD in Educational Policy and Administration in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota and a Women and Power: Leadership in the New World Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.  During her tenure at Saint Louis University she has served as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Education, the Dean for the Doisy College of Health Sciences, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Dean for Graduate Education for the Doisy College of Health Sciences, and Director of the Program in Health Sciences.
She has completed a number of research and scholarship projects exploring physical therapy intervention for neurological impairment, higher education organizational structure and student persistence, and student success models in physical therapy education. She is engaged in the profession of physical therapy at the national level as the Chair for the ACAPT Task Force on Graduate Outcomes, in higher education as an accreditation reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and serves her local community as the Secretary for the Board of Education in the Mehlville School District.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

SLU PT Faculty Members Have Memorable Weekend at the 2016 Education Leadership Conference

Dr. Tricia Austin, Dr. Carol Beckel, Dr. Chris Sebelski, and Dr. Jenny Heckert attended the Education Leadership Conference 2016 October 7-9 in Phoenix, AZ. This conference is sponsored by the APTA Education Section and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). The conference is geared for the development of academic and clinical faculty toward the advancement of physical therapy education.

Dr. Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS during her Response to Keynote Address: Ignite Session #1: Faculty Perspective Speaker.
Dr. Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS presenting a Platform Session on research completed with Dr. Kim Levenhagen, PT, DPT, WCC on "Fostering Excellence in Interprofessional Communication and Clinical Reasoning Utilizing High Fidelity Human Simulation."
"Fostering Excellence in Interprofessional Communication and Clinical Reasoning Utilizing High Fidelity Human Simulation." - a Platform Session on research completed by Dr. Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS with Dr. Kim Levenhagen, PT, DPT, WCC.
Dr. Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PHD, OCS, CSCS presenting her Poster on "Perceptions of Leader Self-Efficacy of Physical Therapists from Academic and Clinical Education".

Dr. Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PHD, OCS, CSCS presenting her Poster on "Perceptions of Leader Self-Efficacy of Physical Therapists from Academic and Clinical Education". 
Dr. Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PHD, OCS, CSCS presenting her Poster on "Influencing Student Self-Efficacy in Communication and Clinical Reasoning through a High Fidelity Human Simulation Experience for a Complex Acute Care Environment."
Dr. Carol Beckel, PT, PhD participated in the annual Oxford Debate titled: Pre-Student Volunteer Hours: To Be or Not To Be; That is the Question. This is a satirical avenue for the discussion of a contemporary topic challenging physical therapy education programs. During the debate, Dr. Beckel played the role of "Marty McFly" from Back to the Future as her team defended the elimination of pre-admission volunteer hours. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

SLU DPT Students Horse Around During Pediatric Seminar

SLU DPT Student Field Experience Spotlight - TREE House of Greater St. Louis

by Catherine Zaegel, DPT Class of 2017

The Pediatric Seminar class in the Physical Therapy program had the opportunity to meet and learn more about “TREE House of Greater St. Louis.” This company provides equine assisted therapy, or Hippotherapy, and have a staff that includes PT, OT, and speech. 

It was really interesting to learn about the entire process of their operation including the analysis necessary to even match the right horse to the patient. Not only do these therapists need to do movement and postural analysis on the patient, but they also must watch the horses posture to watch for fatigue, stride length, etc. 

The company runs camps and is always looking for more volunteers to help with these therapy sessions. At the end of the tour and presentation we got the chance to ride the horse and practice the contact guard positions around the horse to protect the patient. We loved meeting the company and working with the horses “Java” and “Bug”! 

Students in the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy participate in offsite experiences to enhance their knowledge and skills in various specialty PT practice areas.  This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

Scottsdale Clinics Provide Therapy from Multiple Disciplines

Scottsdale - Day 3 of Clinical Site Visits in the Southwest
by Carol Beckel, PT, PhD, Director of Clinical Education

I drove from Holbrook down to two clinical sites in Scottsdale, AZ. The drive was amazing as it wound through several National Parks in Arizona. 
Physiotherapy Associates (soon to change the name to Select Physical Therapy) provides excellent orthopedic care for a wide range of patients but primarily focuses on sport-specific injuries/return to game rehab. 
HealthSouth Rehabilitation - Scottsdale is a free-standing inpatient facility for patients requiring intensive rehabilitation from multiple disciplines for a variety of condition. The facility also provided outpatient services for both patients d/c from the site and others from the community. This particular site offers an aquatic therapy pool available for all patients treated at the site.
Carol Beckel, PT, PhD, Director of Clinical Education for the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy is documenting her site visits on the way to the 2016 Education Leadership Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona from October 7-9. This is part 3 of a series of blog posts from Dr. Beckel. Read part 1 here

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Navajo Nation Offers Ideal Clinical Sites for DPT Students

Navajo Nation Clinical Sites Offer Excellent Opportunities
by Carol Beckel, PT, PhD, Director of Clinical Education

Today I traveled from Albuquerque, NM to Holbrook AZ by way of two visits to facilities in the Navajo Nation.
Northern Navajo Medical Clinic provides both acute and outpatient services in Shiprock, NM.
The Four Corners Medical Clinic in Red Mesa, AZ provides outpatient services.
Students are encouraged to consider these sites by opportunities to work with excellent clinicians as well and providing free-housing for students.
Along the way I visited the Four Corners Monument (possibly the first DCE to be in 4 states at once!). I ended my day by briefly visiting the Painted Desert in the Petrified Forest National Park.

Tomorrow I head to Phoenix for the final 3 site visits!

Carol Beckel, PT, PhD, Director of Clinical Education for the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy is documenting her site visits on the way to the 2016 Education Leadership Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona from October 7-9. This is part 2 of a series of blog posts from Dr. Beckel. Read part 1 here

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SLU PT Director of Clinical Education Hits the Road

Director of Clinical Education Dr. Carol Beckel Visits Alumni and Clinical Sites in the Southwest
by Carol Beckel, PT, PhD, Director of Clinical Education

Yesterday went well, other than sitting in the hotel parking lot in Hobbs, NM listening to the end of the Cards season. The first photo proves I am stocked for the road.
The second picture shows I really think I drove through a Western movie yesterday.
The third picture....well, that fusion just didn't work out here in Hobbs.
And the final picture is to show Emporia, KS this is how you welcome folks to your town!
Today was a 500 mile trip to visit with two very different clinical sites. I started in Hobbs, NM visiting with alums Tim Ryan, PT (PT Class of 1976), and Eric Sasser, MPT (MPT Class of 2005). Hobbs Orthopedic and Sports Therapy (HOSt) is a wonderful private practice treating patients with a variety of orthopedic conditions as well as offering pre-employment screenings and care for work-related injuries.
I traveled over to Las Cruces, NM to visit another alum, Beth Lambert, DPT (DPT Class of 2015), at Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico
This is a beautiful free-standing rehabilitation hospital offering long-term acute care as well and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. 
This is a beautiful part of the country and these clinical sites offers wonderful outdoor activities as well as excellent clinical experiences.Tomorrow I head to the Four Corner area for two more clinical visits before heading toward Phoenix.

Carol Beckel, PT, PhD, Director of Clinical Education for the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy is documenting her site visits on the way to the 2016 Education Leadership Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona from October 7-9. This is part 1 of a series of blog posts from Dr. Beckel. Read part 2 here

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The White Coat: Perspectives from SLU DPT Alumni

The White Coat: Perspectives from SLU DPT Alumni
by Dr. Jonathan Landstrom and Dr. Emily Anglo (DPT Class of 2016)

Students in the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy have a traditional White Coat Ceremony as a formal initiation into the profession of physical therapy; an acknowledgement of their accomplishments thus far and a glimpse into their future as they develop into a doctor of physical therapy.  This blog post details two students' reflections on their experience on the eve of the ceremony for their younger siblings.

Jonathan-Like most healthcare professions, physical therapy is a service profession. The white coat symbolizes professionalism and compassion that are among the most essential qualities needed to be a physical therapist. For us to provide patient-centered care, compassion must be a core element in our practice. When I was a student at SLU, I read a McMillan Lecture written by Ruth Wood, "Footprints in the Sand". This reading has always been a perfect embodiment of ideal patient-centered care. In this reading, Ruth Wood states:
"The ultimate criterion that must be used in determining the education of physical therapists... our practice set-tings, our scope of practice, our standards for practice, and, very importantly, our professional ethics must be: 'Is the focus on, and will the end results benefit, those we serve?'
 In addition to compassion, professionalism is a fundamental value in physical therapy. Compassion allows us to grow relationships with our patients and helps us put our patient's needs before all else. Professionalism gives us the ability to meet our patient's needs. Our patients rely on us to guide them with our medical expertise, including our knowledge of the human body and the movement system, our manual therapy techniques, the use of modalities supported by research, and our knowledge of the healthcare system. As a new professional, I strive to meet my professional duties and develop the values symbolized by the white coat through continuously enhancing these skills through continuing education, professional practice, academic discussion, and clinical research.

My first year at SLU, we met with our mentors to discuss why we chose physical therapy as a profession. My answer has always been the same. Physical therapy not only includes rehabilitation and restoration of function, but also has a particular focus on a person's wellness and quality of life. I want to serve others by providing people with the exercises, the education, and the tools they need to improve their function, and overall, to improve their quality of life. My brothers and I were very active in our parish youth ministry, as our mom was the youth minister. We went on all the mission trips and participated in all the service events. We developed the values of compassion and service through these experiences. At the beginning of my third year at SLU, my brother Erik began looking into universities and professions. I remember him telling me he was going to choose physical therapy at SLU for two reasons: he wanted to pursue a degree in a service profession and the Jesuits emphasize service in all aspects of education. Additionally, compassion was a key element in his decision. He told me he was choosing physical therapy because you get one-on-one contact with patients everyday and develop real relationships with your patients. You get to cheer people on through the healing process and help them celebrate the littlest improvements in their condition.
As my brother now enters the professional phase of the physical therapy program at SLU, my one piece of advice to him is to always remember the purpose behind putting in count-less hours of studying and upholding to the professional ideals of the PT program: the patient. You should not study to get an "A" on an exam, but rather to ensure that when you graduate, you are well-prepared to provide your patients with the best quality care possible. You should not attend every class because attendance is mandatory, but be-cause attending class allows you to participate in the academic discussion, to deepen your understanding of the subject, so that you will provide your patients with the best treatments available. You're not doing it for the grades, you're doing it for your future patients. Patients must be the center of all care provided by anyone wearing a white coat.

Emily-To me, the white coat is a symbol of the core values that every healthcare professional stands behind when they choose to work in the healthcare field. In the realm of physical therapy, the values that the white coat represents to me are integrity, compassion, benevolence, and excellence. The symbolism of the white coat is a re-minder that I have a duty to my patients to strive to be the best clinician I can be, to do no harm, and to listen and care for them wholeheartedly. In the most basic summarization: wear the white coat. Don’t let the white coat wear you.
It has kind of been funny watching Courtney, my little sister, start the graduate school phase of the curriculum. The first couple days of graduate school are the typical “honeymoon phase” where you hang out with friends, maybe hit up Hump’s, not really worrying too much about school yet. My favorite is always the social media posts of “starting grad school” with pictures being tagged of people, the excitement of getting your lab bags, and everyone running to Office Depot to get a planner that’ll be your best and worst friend for the rest of the year.

However, I also found it funny when I got a call from Courtney a couple days ago basically saying, “Whoaaaa… grad school…” As in it’s a little bit more of a commitment than she thought it would be with entirely new expectations. I simply responded, “Yeah, I get what you’re going through. What you’re going to go through, and I know you’ll get through it. It’ll definitely s*** at times, but if I got through it; you will too.”

In all honesty, grad school does s*** at times. However, I think it’s important to remember why you’re there. Realize that it’s ok to be alone holed up in the library for a couple hours. Go talk to your teachers. Get to know them. They’re there for you. Make friends with your classmates. Go out and celebrate after a test. Have holiday parties with your class. While there are times the next couple of years will s*** they will also be some of the best years of your life.
Courtney and I were both in-between becoming a physicians assistant or a physical therapist. I shadowed people in both professions as a way to narrow it down. When Courtney was in the same boat I told her to shadow the different professions and see which one she could relate to the most. It was eerie how similar the reasoning we liked physical therapy – We both really liked how well you get to know your patients and how well your patients get to know you.

We mainly both decided on SLU because of their direct admittance into the physical therapy program. Another reason Courtney chose SLU (even though she probably won’t admit it) is because her role model and favorite big sister decided to go there first ; ).

I have always thought of a mentor as someone you go to if you need help or advice. Someone you look up to and who challenges you. However, being in the unique position that I am in, my concept as a mentor has slightly changed. I think it’s important for the mentor to reach out to their mentee and have an open dialogue with them. I think it’s important for the mentee to know that the mentor is interested in them as a person and how they’re handling things. You never know if they secretly need to vent or if they’re suffering in silence.