Allison Ellington recently completed the patient participation and data collection portion of a Phase 1 NIH research study “Virtual Occupational Therapy “.  This study addresses the feasibility of using a virtual reality system for practice of activities of daily living among stroke patients. The study was a joint venture between research, educational, and healthcare entities. She is one of two OT clinicians involved in the development of the virtual reality system and conducting patient components of the study. Analysis of data is ongoing.

David Paulk presented “Mild traumatic brain injury among children and adolescents” to the 38th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants on October 16.  Additionally, he attended the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)’s annual conference in Memphis, TN October 16-20.  As a member of the Assessment Council of the PAEA  he participated in presenting data related to end-of-clinical rotation examinations.

This has been an exceptionally busy month for Ben Herz, director of the Occupational Therapy program. Herz participated in the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Program Directors meeting in Atlanta, GA and the AOTA Educational Summit Oct 3-5. 2013. He also attended the National Advisory Board meeting for Remington College Occupational Therapy Assistant program Oct. 11, 2013. In addition to the above activities, as the elected treasurer of the AOTA Board of Directors, Herz participated in the Board meeting in Bethesda, MD October 18-20 2013. Lastly, he presented a short course on “Virtual Reality and Rehab” at the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association Conference, October 25, 2013.

Lisa Shoaf and Kai Kennedy attended the Educational Leadership Conference for the American Physical Therapy Association in Portland, OR in October. This meeting included program directors and directors of clinical education for PT Education programs around the US.

Linda Seestedt-Stanford, Lisa Shoaf, Ben Herz, and Martha Modlin, in collaboration with Larry Schnuck, from Kahler Slater Inc. developed a platform presentation titled “Designing Interprofessional Education: A Closer Look at Creating a New College of Health Sciences at Mary Baldwin University”.  Stanford and Schnuck presented this to colleagues at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions annual conference, Orlando FL, October 24.