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Ryan Koter, Helen Kaiser Scholarship Recipient, honored at Duke Health Professionals Scholarship Dinner

Pictured from left to right: Tiffany Nickel, former Helen Kaiser Scholarship recipients Leigh Anne Martino and Sarah Funderburg, Ryan Koter, Dr. Michel Landry, and John McCall

On Friday, April 8, 2016, our very own second-year DPT student, Ryan Koter, was honored at the Duke Health Professionals Scholarship Dinner for receiving the Helen Kaiser Scholarship. Recipients of the Helen Kaiser Scholarship are expected to demonstrate a strong sensitivity to, and appreciation for, the diversity in all individuals, and Ryan Koter could not be a more worthy recipient.

Ryan chose to come to Duke for his DPT education not only because of the strength of the program, faculty, and team-based learning curriculum, but because of the extensive opportunities available across the Duke community at large. He wished to, “…immerse myself early outside of the classroom and escape the PT bubble.”

Shortly after arriving at Duke, Ryan became a member of the Duke Vespers Ensemble, and as of this year, the Duke Evensong Singers as well. Each of these groups gave him a space of rest and contemplation in the Duke Chapel during weekly services. In addition, being apart of these groups gave him the opportunity to perform onstage as part of a group of backup singers for the Rolling Stones, during their hit song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Speaking of the experience, Ryan explained, “As someone who studies how the body moves, what Mick Jagger can do at 70 years old is amazing.”

So what effect has Ryan’s involvement in the Duke ensembles had on his education? “I have developed skills of listening and performing in the moment that are critical to have as a PT,” he says. Ryan concluded with these final words:

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to develop these skills in such a unique way by studying at Duke, and again, I thank you for the scholarship I received and the opportunity to come here. I never expected I’d get to sing in that Chapel, and recognize so much personal and professional growth because of that during my PT education. Not everyone comes to Duke and gets to sing with Mick Jagger like I did, but I am confident in saying that everyone who comes here can find opportunities equally as extraordinary that will lead them to excellence.”

Ron Peyton Innovation Lecture

Pictured from left to right: Drs. Michel Landry, Pamela Duncan, and Chad Cook

On Monday, March 28, 2016, Pamela W. Duncan, PhD, FAPTA, FAHA, gave the Ron Peyton Innovation Lecture entitled, “Courage in the Arena – Preparing the Next Generation of Physical Therapists.”

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke Ranked #10 in the Country

It is with great pride we are announcing that the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is now ranked the #10 Physical Therapy Program in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Each year, 200+ students work with faculty, clinical educators, and staff who are actively engaged in exploring clinically relevant research to promote the health of patients and populations. Our students have a 100% ultimate pass rate on the national licensing examination for physical therapists, and the employment rate for our recent graduates is 100%.

Through excellence in teaching, evidence-based clinical practice, and cutting-edge research, the DPT program is committed to producing the next generation of leaders in the field of physical therapy. We could not be more excited about this #10 ranking, as it truly reflects the excellence and progress of the program.

Chad Cook, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT appointed Program Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Chad Cook has been appointed Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program effective immediately.

Dr. Cook’s appointment as Program Director will allow Dr. Landry to focus his efforts on moving forward with the creation of the Institute (official name still to be determined), on the upcoming physical space redesign and move, and building greater educational offerings in rehabilitation sciences. Read the full story here.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Cook on his appointment, and stay tuned for information and details regarding a celebration in the coming month.

Join us for the 2016 Branch Lecture

Dr. Landry's work in Nepal featured on the Duke GHI Website

Duke DPT Community! I want to draw your attention to an article that was just posted on the Duke Global Health Institute’s website about Dr. Landry’s work in Nepal. The article provides a rich description on his important work on behalf of the World Health Organization. Please take a moment to read the Duke Global Health Institute’s news post.

Faculty Residency

The Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy Division Faculty Residency has been granted candidacy status! Congratulations to Drs. Carol Figuers and Kyle Covington for their efforts to develop this innovative and important program. For details on the Faculty Residency, look under the “Academics” section of the DPT website.

Congratulations to Dr. Landry!

Dr. Michel Landry is the awardee for the International Service Award in the Area of Practice as selected by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT). Dr. Landry was nominated by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Congratulations Dr. Landry!


  • 2016 Duke DPT Admissions Information Sessions are Here!

    Please join us for one of our 2016 Information Sessions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our program and application process. You will have an opportunity to gain valuable information about our admissions process, tour our facilities, as well as speak with our current students, Admissions Coordinator, and faculty to have all of your questions answered. Click here to sign up.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Kyle Covington

    Congratulations to Dr. Kyle Covington ’04 for receiving a 2015 Duke AHEAD grant for his project with Deborah Engle, Kathryn Turner, and Kim Cavanagh: “Assessing Student Attitudes of Interprofessional Learning Experiences: A Mixed Methods Approach”

  • The Winter 2016 Newletter is here!!

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