On behalf of all faculty, students and staff, I would like to wish you a very warm welcome to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Duke University! Our physical therapy program was established almost 70 years ago, and has a legacy and tradition that is closely linked to the historical development of the physical therapy profession in the United States and beyond. For instance, all of the Duke's physical therapy program directors have been Presidents of either the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) or the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), and our faculty members are among the most highly respected educators, clinicians and researchers in the country. The Duke tradition is one of creative innovation and leadership in education, practice and research...not only in North Carolina, but also across the country and the world.
We educate students to be creative thinkers, global citizens and skilled practitioners who excel at providing care across the continuum in their home communities and throughout the world. Using our pioneering team-based learning physical therapy curriculum, we are educating the next generations of talented physical therapists who will practice evidence-based care in today's ever-changing social, political, ecological and financial healthcare milieu. We are also preparing our next generation of physical therapists to solve individual and population health problems that we don't yet know exist, with technologies and approaches that have not yet been invented. We are guiding them towards the realities of today; but we strive to prepare them so that they can excel in a complex, exciting and wonderful tomorrow.
Our close affiliation to the world-renowned Duke University Medical Centre (DUMC) and Duke Physical and Occupational Therapy creates a unique opportunity and setting in which to blend the key pillars of service delivery, education and research. Our Duke DPT Alumni is 4000 members strong, and includes many leaders in academia, industry and clinical practice. Collectively our Alumni, clinical affiliates, faculty, staff and students create a special chemistry here in Durham, North Carolina, and I invite you to explore this website to get to know us better, and maybe get a glimpse into where we are going.
Let me extend a personal invitation for you to contact me directly to learn more about Duke DPT.
With my best wishes, and GO DUKE!
Michel D. Landry BScPT, PhD