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This year is proving to be one of celebration and change. We kicked off the year in January by welcoming the Class of 2020 to our two graduate programs. The three-year, full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy program enrolled 46 students while the 27-month, full-time Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program enrolled 38 students.

On March 1, Connie Ledoux Book officially began her term as Elon’s ninth president and she visited with School of Health Sciences faculty and staff later that month. We enjoyed sharing our points off pride about the SHS and Elon and discussing what we would wish for “if we had a magic wand.”

The School of Health Sciences also welcomed two new faculty members in June. Lindsay Collins ’08 PA’15 joined the Department of Physician Assistant Studies on June 4 as assistant professor and assistant director of clinical education. Crystal Ramsey DPT’09 joined the Department of Physical Therapy Education on June 18 as assistant professor and assistant director of clinical education. She comes from Tennessee State University.

It was bittersweet to say goodbye to Susan Chinworth, who retired at the end of December, and Jane Freund, who retired at the end of May. But we are happy to announce both have received associate professor emerita status. This recognition is granted to retired faculty members with at least 10 years at Elon and service to the institution exceeding the expected norm. It is a well-deserved honor and we are thankful for all of their contributions throughout the years.

Our next newsletter update will come out in December, and we look forward to updating you on our continued accomplishments. In the meantime, we hope to see you back at Homecoming, Nov. 2–4.

Warm regards,
Rebecca Neiduski
Dean of the School of Health Sciences
 

Fourth Annual Race for H.O.P.E. 5K

Elon University joined the global biomechanics community on April 11 to host its third Biomechanics Day celebrationThe 4th annual Race for H.O.P.E. 5K was held on March 24, 2018.

The 4th annual Race for H.O.P.E. 5K was held on March 24. The race is the largest fundraiser for the Health Outreach Program of Elon, is a clinic operated by Elon’s Department of Physical Therapy Education that provides pro bono physical therapy services free of charge to those who are uninsured or underinsured in Alamance County and surrounding areas. Despite the cold weather, the turnout was great with 120 runners and more than 40 volunteers who arrived early and stayed late to help the race go smoothly. More than $6,600 was raised to improve patient care at the clinic. This includes expanding clinic operations to more than 1 night per week, improving EMR services and clinic supplies. 

Faculty publications

Several faculty members in the School of Health Sciences published books and articles this spring. DPTE faculty Charity Johansson and Susan Chinworth published the second edition of “Mobility in Context: Principles of Patient Care Skills.” Johansson and Srikant Vallabhajosula also co-authored “Functional measures show improvements after a home exercise program following supervised balance training in older adults with elevated fall risk,” together with colleagues from other institutions. The article appeared in the Physiotherapy Theory and Practice journal. DPAS faculty member Shaun Lynch published “Acute Epididymitis” in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants; Cynthia Bennett published “Anatomic Body Painting as a Teaching Tool in Physician Assistant Education” in the Medical Science Educator; and Patti Ragan published “The North Carolina Physician Assistant Program Directors Council—Collaboration, Collegiality, and Scholarship” in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education.

Elon celebrates 3rd annual National Biomechanics Day  

Students from the ABSS Career and Technical Education Center learned about the role of biomechanics in understanding and improving human performance on April 11, 2018.

Elon University joined the global biomechanics community on April 11 to host its third Biomechanics Day celebration. Produced by Exercise Science and Physical Therapy Education departments, the event drew more than 40 local high school students. Students from the ABSS Career and Technical Education Center learned about the role of biomechanics in understanding and improving human performance. Presentations and activities about balance, running, throwing and jumping showcased biomechanics as an emerging science.

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Spotlight: Anatomical Gift program

Launched in 2017, the Anatomical Gift Program provides students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies programs human donors to use as they learn anatomy and physiology of the human body.

Launched in 2017, the Anatomical Gift Program provides students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies programs human donors to use as they learn anatomy and physiology of the human body. Elon is one of the few universities without a medical school that has its own anatomical gift program. Under the guidance of Dianne Person, the program now has 14 anatomical donors and 180 registrants. The success of the program has garnered some media attention, including a segment on FOX8’s Buckley Report and an article in the Greensboro News & Record.

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WORKSHOP HELPS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR CAREERS IN MEDICINE

The collaboration between the Student Professional Development Center, the School of Health Sciences and the Health Professions Advising Committee offered students the chance to participate in a key aspect of applying to schools in health professions.

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ELON PA STUDENTS COLLABORATE WITH ALAMANCE OPEN DOOR CLINIC ON IMPROVING CARE

Students in Elon’s Physician Assistant Studies program and staff from the Alamance Open Door Clinic participated in a design thinking sprint on Tuesday, Dec. 5, to address two questions related to quality improvement and patient adherence.

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ELON UNIVERSITY DPT FACULTY, STAFF PLAY KEY ROLES IN FIRST N.C. STUDENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CONCLAVE

Students and faculty from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program helped organize and participated in this inaugural event that attracted hundreds of students from 21 physical therapy and physical therapy assistant programs across the state.

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