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As the University celebrates its 125th birthday, the School of Health Sciences also celebrates important milestones.

In January, the second cohort of 38 PA students and 17th cohort of 50 PT students began classes. The first White Coat Ceremony for the charter PA class was held and there has been substantial growth in the Global Learning Opportunities (GLO) program as students have seized the opportunity to experience a different culture while providing service. The School has expanded its Standardized Patient/Clients to Class program and the long-awaited birth of a physical therapy student run pro-bono clinic is now a reality.

Faculty, staff and students are in constant motion as 50-plus DPT students are planning to attend the NEXT National Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association in Charlotte. Both PA and PT students are involved in instructing local EMS providers in anatomy laboratory educational sessions. Faculty and students have several upcoming inter-professional educational opportunities including the Legal and Medical Perspectives on Capacity to work with the older population; community fall prevention clinic; and multiple fundraisers to benefit the ALS society, Open Door Clinic and M.S. Society.

The buzz of activities occurring in the Gerald L. Francis Center is only possible because of the well-planned space in the Center and the dedication of the students, faculty and staff. If you have’t seen the facility, please come for a tour. As we welcome alumni back to campus the response is always the same: “Wow, this facility almost makes me want to return to school.”

Happy spring,

PA students ready to begin clinical rotations

Members of the charter PA class, now known as the “second year clinical students,” successfully completed their academic phase in mid-December 2013, and participated in the Inaugural White Coat Ceremony, which was held in the campus Numen Lumen Pavilion this winter. Along with faculty, staff and colleagues, 175 family and friends joined the 37 students as they celebrated their transition to clinical education. Read more ...

School establishes a strong Community-based program using "real" and standardized patients

One of the educational approaches enhanced with moving into the Francis Center, is the expansion of the former DPT clients-to-class program. With input from both the PA and DPT faculty, the revised program includes both standardized patients (SPs) and real clients/patients from the community. This program provides a step towards meeting our goal to develop relationships within the local community. Other community opportunities include balance/fall risk assessment/screen and kyphosis screenings. SPs have also worked with PA students on how to conduct a medical interview to enhance the client/ patient relationship. Ms. Nita Skillman, the program coordinator, says there are 225 active participants in the progam, with 25 being standardized patients. In addition, the Year I PA students are just beginning their education using “Harvey,” the cardiopulmonary patient simulator. Read more ...

New Pro Bono Student Run HOPE (Health Outreach Program of Elon) Clinic Established

For more than two years, a small cadre of DPT students have been working to establish a pro bono clinic to serve the local under and uninsured population with musculo-skeletal medical issues. Earlier this year, with the support of Dr. Gray Carpenter as the faculty mentor, the clinic served the first clients. The clinic is located in the Francis Center, but eventual plans include expansion to a clinic location in East Burlington, with the involvement of other health care professionals. For more information about the clinic, visit its Facebook page.

DPTE & DPAS faculty updates

Drs. Steve Bailey, Charity Johansson and Daryl Lawson will be on sabbatical. We celebrate with PA faculty member Dr. Melissa Murfin as she earned specialty certification as a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist. Changes in faculty/staff include: Professor Robert Bartlett, adjunct DPTE faculty member and Dr. Cynthia Lewis, retiring from the Department of Physical Therapy Education; Dr. Gray Carpenter serving as full-time professor while Dr. Deborah Stetts is on leave of absence; and Ms. Deb Bryan moving into her new role as administrative assistant in the dean’s office for the School of Health Sciences.

Recent News

Elon University’s schools of law and health sciences hosted a forum designed to simultaneously educate students in medical and legal disciplines about how each discipline approaches patient/client capacity. Read more ...

Five second-year students, one alumna (DPT 2013) and a faculty member from Elon DPTE presented their research work in February. Read more ...


Graduate students in the DPT and PA programs met in January with Elon’s chaplain to reflect on the lives of men and women who are now human donors in the university's anatomy lab. Read more ...
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