Dr. Norman receives highest honor from NPTA

Joe Norman, PT, PhD, FAACVPR, CCS, has been selected to receive the 2014 Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Physical Therapyby the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA). The award is based on multiple criteria and represents the highest honor bestowed by the NPTA.

Dr. Norman will be presented the award during the business luncheon at the NPTA Fall State Meeting in Lincoln on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Nominees for this award must be persons who have engaged in the practice of physical therapy for at least ten years, five of which have been in the State of Nebraska, and must be members of the APTA and the Nebraska Chapter.

Each nominee must present substantial evidence of major contributions in at least five of ten areas of professional practice, service and other achievements.

Congratulations, Dr. Norman!

Joe and the giant cookie

Faculty presented Joe with a giant cookie for his accomplishments.

Kerissa Hanson joins the School staff in PT Ed

Kerissa HansonKerissa Hanson, BA, is the new program coordinator for physical therapy education. Here’s a little bit about Kerissa, in her own words:

“After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, in December, 2003, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I worked for several years. Upon returning to Omaha in 2006, I began working at UNMC as a Residency Coordinator. I’m happy to join the School of Allied Health Professions!

This summer, I’m enjoying a variety of activities including wandering through the Farmers Market, biking, and spending time with my family and friends. I’m currently reading George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager. Oh, and I love coffee.”

Welcome, Kerissa!

Physical Therapy Education hosts visiting faculty from China

Regina Hu

Jia (Regina) Hu

Jia (Regina) Hu likes to swim and play badminton. She is also very passionate about her role as chief of research and education at Shanghai Sunshine Rehabilitation Center, Yang Zhi Affiliated Rehabilitation Hospital of Tongji University, China.

Regina has been our guest for the past three weeks as part of our partnership with Tongji University. In order to start a baccalaureate program in physical therapy there, Regina will collaborate with Tongji to develop clinical experiences for their students. This visit, her first time to the US, exposed her to aspects of curriculum development here and how we integrate clinical education into academic coursework.

“I’m so impressed with the education system here,” Regina said. “The patient-centered concept demonstrates how you value professionalism, teamwork, the psycho-social aspects of care, and communication with the patient.”

Her biggest surprise was the US healthcare and insurance system. Although China has a national policy to improve care and rehabilitation, it’s still in the beginning phases. They are trying to develop the three levels of care – acute care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, and community hospital.

She toured several rehabilitation centers in town. Of particular note to Regina were our elder care facilities, for which she felt quite envious.

“Hillcrest was very impressive,” she said. “In China, we have nursing homes, but the patients don’t have exercise facilities and social interaction like they do here. You have a great model for the future of care in China. Not just the equipment and buildings, but more importantly the staff is so committed.”

Of our PT faculty, Regina said, “It’s clear that they take the relationship with Tongji very seriously. Their passion and responsibility to educate was evident by their willingness to share information and curricula as they helped me revise my syllabus. They are all mission-oriented and truly devote themselves to their students and profession.”

In regard to our expansion to Kearney, Regina was excited about the active learning vs lecture model of education. She looks forward to taking these ideas back to China.

Her final reflections about the visit to UNMC were about the artwork around campus. “I love how you combine science and art!” she said. “You are enriched by education.” She pointed out a piece hanging just inside the PT suite – a photograph of many hands with the caption, “Reaching through Teaching,” which she thought embodied our mission.

Regina also remarked on a large painting in the Sorrell building of a doctor and patient, in front of which she had taken a selfie. I offered to go one better and give her some good souvenir photos, so I grabbed my camera and we embarked on a final tour of artwork and interesting places around campus. (See slideshow below.)

Regina will be working on her PhD at Tongji as she is developing the PT program. Hope she can make time for a swim and a set of badminton!

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