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:
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!