Posted by vanessa on March 7, 2017
This is an exciting year for Columbia DPT involvement in the APTA Section on Women’s Health (SoWH). In October of last year, Dr. Cynthia Chiarello was chosen as the new editor-in-chief of the Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy. This month, Julia Rosenthal (‘17) and Claire Hamnett (‘19) have been elected to the Board of Directors of the section’s Student Special Interest Group (SSIG). The SoWH has come a long way since its founding in 1977, when it served as a resource for continuing education and knowledge for physical therapists interested in women’s health care before, during, and after pregnancy. Today, the scope of practice of women’s health physical therapists has expanded to include numerous abdominal and pelvic health issues in men, women, and children.
Eager to support its student members, the SoWH worked with students to form the SSIG, which was the first student special interest group of the APTA. The SSIG provides resources for students interested in women’s and men’s health issues, including databases of available pelvic health clinical rotations and access to research being done by students at universities throughout the country. Claire and Julia look forward to encouraging students to make use of the resources offered by the SSIG in their new roles. In her position as Assistant Director of Membership, Julia will be responsible for promotion of the SSIG and SoWH membership, and running the SoWH SSIG social media campaigns. As director of programming, Claire will be assisting in organizing student social events, as well as helping to coordinate the SoWH’s education sessions at CSM.
Both Julia and Claire are grateful for the opportunities that serving on the board of directors for the SoWH SSIG will bring them, such as working with prominent leaders in the field and promoting Women’s Health PT on a national level. They are both passionate about pursuing careers in women’s health, and are excited about the opportunity to learn from and grow with other students that are equally as passionate about this area of practice.Julia commented, "I have been eager to become more active in the SSIG since I learned about it at CSM in 2016. I plan to stay involved with the SoWH after graduation, and hope to work on the formation of a SoWH group for new graduates in the future."
|L: Julia Rosenthal (’17); R: Claire Hamnett (‘19).|