Posted by vanessa on May 17, 2018
By Esther Adler (Class of 2019)
Perspectives on Practice, the student-run elective, finished the year with two compelling evenings. On April 9th, Dr. Ryan Chow, a 2017 graduate of Mercy’s DPT program, presented a case for starting a cash-based PT practice. He shared some trends in healthcare and presented a powerful argument as to how a cash-based model could better serve our patients. He then went on to explain how students can begin to create the building blocks of a successful practice. Students were impressed by his passion and practical, straight forward advice.
On April 24th a panel of CUDPT alumni who specialize in sports physical therapy and work with Olympic athletes, shared their perspectives on various topics. Among them were sports physical therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, residency, and continuing education. The panel included 3 speakers:
· Dr. Noel Lozares, (CUDPT 2008), a current fellow for FAAOMPT, is part of the Physiotherapist US Paralympic Snowboarding Team as well as USA Wrestling, Fencing, Ski and Snowboard, and Track and Field.
· Dr. Chris Margallo (CUDPT 2008), owner and co-founder of Progressive Movement Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, travels with world-class athletes including: US Ski Aerials, Halfpipe and Slopestyle Teams, the US Snowboarding Boardercross, and the USA Track and Field Sprint Relay and Race Walking Teams.
· Dr. Yohei Takada, (CUDPT 2008) has taken over a hundred continuing education courses worldwide, and specializes in athletic enhancement and injury prevention. He is also an assistant professor for the Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program at Touro College.
· The panel was moderated by Columbia PT adjunct faculty member Dr. Rami Said (CUDPT 2007). He asked the panel compelling questions, such as how a student should decide whether or not to pursue a residency, the difference between orthopedic and sports PT, and more.
Students had many questions for the panel. Joluis de los Santos (class of 2019) commented, “The panel discussion was informative, inspiring, and relevant. It was a pleasure to interact with successful Columbia University DPT alumni about their road to success in sports physical therapy. They provided a unique perspective on residencies, fellowships, and networking with other professions. The panel discussion helped me formulate a plan to fulfill my aspirations in sports physical therapy.”
Perspectives on Practice is a student-led elective course that spans the three-year DPT curriculum. Students work with the course advisor, Dr. Mahlon Stewart, to maintain an ongoing course syllabus and organize learning events to enhance understanding of PT practice. The elective culminates in a final project for those who wish to receive a credit on their final transcript.
Students and panelists from the Sports PT panel