Health Sciences Research Day was held in the School of Medicine’s lobby. Attendees included students from the School of Health Professions and the School of Medicine. SHP occupational therapy students have been working on their projects since January of 2013.
Each research group created a poster, which was assigned two judges at the event. Groups gave their presentation and were judged on scientific excellence, poster excellence and presentation excellence.
The Columbia City Council established the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health in 1999 to enhance the quality of life of citizens of Columbia and Boone County. Each year, the council has a ceremony to celebrate the outstanding achievements of fitness lifestyles and recognize the variety of ways honorees are inspiring Columbia residents to live a healthy lifestyle.
Earlier this month, Jeff Krug, Physical Therapy’s Director of Student Activities and Assistant Teaching Professor, was honored with the Mayor’s Fitness Award for being an exceptional fitness mentor. Krug promotes healthy lifestyles through his work with Adaptive Gymnastics, Special Olympics as well as Neuro PhysZOU. Congratulations!
The University of Missouri School of Health Professions will be well represented at the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association Conference this Friday and Saturday at St. Louis University. Four students and four faculty members will give research-based presentations and one faculty member will receive an award at the conference.
Third year occupational therapy students Helen Demse, Kathleen Klinger, Rachel McDaniel and Breanna Pruitt are eager to present at the MOTA Conference for the first time. They created a poster, along with guidance from faculty mentor and department chair, Dr. Diane Smith, called “ADA Coordinator satisfaction with knowledge obtained at the ADA Symposium.” The group did extensive research, beginning in January 2013, concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act. The main objective of the project was to establish how effective the ADA Symposium is in training ADA Coordinators through pre-test and post-test surveys. ADA Coordinators are designated regions throughout the state, and universities and businesses with more than fifty employees are required to have an ADA Coordinator. The students were able to attend the 2013 National ADA Symposium in San Antonio, TX in May. There they attended four sessions each day where they heard from experts on topics ranging from emergency preparedness to building accessibility and architecture. The group found that the National ADA Symposium is useful in assisting ADA Coordinators gain knowledge, and the OT students will be able to present their findings to a large, influential audience at the MOTA Conference.
Dr. Aaron Bonsall will present his research “The Meaningfulness of Fathering a Child with a Disability.” This will be Bonsall’s first MOTA Conference, as he recently moved to Missouri. He has presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, which is the national conference, but never at a state conference. After working as a therapist for five years, Bonsall wanted to think about how professionals can help fathers for his research dissertation, which lead to this presentation. He hopes to influence therapists and encourage them to recognize fathers. “Within family centered care, often fathers are forgotten. This research is a good way to remind therapists to analyze how they are working with fathers,” said Bonsall.
Dr. Sapna Chakraborty will attend the MOTA conference for the third time, and this will be her first time presenting. She expected to do a poster presentation but was asked to do a full presentation because her peers and students can learn a lot from her research of the “Effectiveness of Constraint-Induced Movement in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy.” While working on her doctorate degree, she was certified in Constrained-Induced Therapy at Alabama University. This type of therapy forces patients to use their affected arm by constraining their unaffected arm. This inspired Chakraborty to do more research on the therapy technique for children. Her study included six children. She provided Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for three weeks while casting their good arm for two weeks, which forced tem to use their affected arm to play, dress and do school work. She found that the children started to use both hands in the third week. “They develop motor patterns and realize with repetitive practice that they can use their affected arm more often,” said Dr. Chakraborty. There are many hospitals utilizing Constraint-Induced Therapy today, but Dr. Chakraborty’s research gives more evidence that it works and can be employed for many children in different settings.
Dr. Karen Hebert will attend the MOTA Conference for the second time as well as present for the second time. Last year she presented a poster, and this year will give a presentation on “Using Apps as Part of a Hope Program for Cognitive Rehabilitation Clients.” Dr. Hebert said, “The proliferation and high cost of many available brain or cognitive training apps for various computer systems made me want to better understand what these programs offer and if they are worth the investment for therapists and our clients.” Her presentation will review the existing literature on the outcomes of brain training and integrate the findings with practical information about treating cognitive deficits. It suggests that limited evidence exists to justify the costs of computer based brain training programs but provides ways for occupational therapists to address remediation of cognitive deficits in the home environment.
Dr. Diane Smith is a seasoned presenter at MOTA Conferences. This will be her fifth time presenting as well as her fifth year in attendance. Not only is Dr. Smith the mentor for the student presentation, she is also presenting herself on “Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities.” She wrote an article on the topic years ago which sparked her interest in emergency preparedness, and it was a topic that came up when she attended the National ADA Symposium in May. “People with disabilities have some extra burdens when it comes to being prepared for an emergency,” said Dr. Smith. Her presentation consists of proactive tips and advice so people with disabilities can make their own emergency preparedness plans and so therapists can better advocate preparedness. In June of 2014, Dr. Smith will present on this topic again, but in Japan at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.
Not only will the School of Health Professions send eight presenters to the conference, but associate clinical professor, Lea Ann Lowery will receive the MOTA Outstanding Educator Award. This award recognizes the administrator, supervisor or educator in Missouri who promotes professionalism, quality care and development of the profession and serves as a positive role model for staff and students. Lowery said, “I love what I do. I hope that is it my passion for being an OT that comes through in the classroom and in activities we do to help enhance learning.”
Congratulations to our presenters and award recipient attending the MOTA Conference this week! The University of Missouri School of Health Professions Occupational Therapy Department continues to be a leader in the field and it is not going unnoticed throughout the state, the country and even the world.
Employers at the 2013 SHP Professional Programs Career Fair reported that they begin interviewing and hiring new graduates in the fall, even though they are not expected to start working until after their May graduation. The word is in, folks. This means that your job search should begin NOW. You may be curious as to why the hiring process starts so early- employers gave us the reasonable explanation that the top jobs are filled by the top students, and those students are snatched up fast. They do their hiring as early as possible in order to find the most motivated and hard-working students. A student with exceptional interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, healthcare experience, and professionalism will be offered a competitive salary and opportunities for sign-on bonuses if he or she decides to make an early commitment to a company. Even students who are a few years away from graduating will benefit from becoming familiar with these resources now; when it comes to achieving your dream job, the earlier the better!
Here are a few key steps on how to start your job search:
1.Create an impressive resume and be sure that it is professional, polished, and represents your skills and experiences in the best way possible. Have your resume reviewed in the SHP Career Services Office by making an appointment with a Career Specialist at http://www.shpcareer.genbook.com.
2.Organize your job search by making a list of companies where you may be interested in working. This will allow you to add companies to your list as you network, and check them off as you apply.
3.Write customized cover letters for each job that you apply for. Be sure to research the company you are applying to and include the key qualifications for the position in your letter. Check out this article on how to write a cover letter and be sure to review some sample letters: http://jobsearchtech.about.com/CoverLetter.
4.Review your social media sites and remove any questionable pictures or content- employers will search you on Facebook and Twitter! If you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it, then you should probably remove it. Make sure that your profile picture and the content about yourself is professional enough that you wouldn’t mind a future employer viewing it.
5.Do some research on how to build your professional brand; here is an article to help you get started: http://www.jobdig.com/articles/Building_Your_Professional_Brand.html.
6.Create or update a professional networking profile on http://www.LinkedIn.com to establish connections in your desired field. Constructing a professional online image will allow you to promote your skills and expertise in order to access knowledge, insights, and opportunities.
7.You have FREE access to http://www.HireMizzouTigers.com; this is an ideal place to start your search because these companies are specifically looking for Mizzou graduates. Be sure that your profile is up-to-date with a current resume uploaded.
8.Instead of wasting your time scanning individual job search websites, search across the internet using job search engines such as http://www.indeed.com, http://www.linkedup.com, and http://www.simplyhired.com.
9.Give adequate thought to who you will ask to be your references. Make sure you know these individuals very well to ensure they will give very positive feedback on your work performance. References can be the deciding factor as to whether you receive a job offer!
10.Start interview preparation early. Mock interviews are the best way to prepare for possible interview questions and practice in answering questions on the spot. The SHP Career Services Office accepts appointments for mock interviews and will prepare questions according to where you are applying!
Hopefully these tips will inspire you to start your job search as soon as possible. If you have any questions or would like further career guidance, please feel free to contact the SHP Office of Career Services by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or make an appointment at shpcareer.genbook.com.
On Sunday, October 27, the COMPASS program held its first-ever in-person event with mentors and students in the program. Thirteen mentors and eight students participated in networking and leadership building activities during the brunch – including faculty mentors from PT, OT and DMU! Feedback about the program is very positive – if you are interested in mentoring a student, or finding a mentor, check out shp.missouri.edu/compass!
Several DMU faculty members and students recently attended the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography conference and came home with honors and recognition!
MHS students took home both FIRST and SECOND place in the SDMS W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Award for Original Research. First Place: Andrew Cravens; Determining a Correlation Between Subcutaneous Fat Layer Thickness and Body Mass Index Using Sonography. Second Place: Michelle Kingsbury; The Role Experience Plays in the Median Nerve in the Wrist of the Sonographer: A Comparison of First-Year Sonography Students and Experienced Sonogaphers.
Undergraduate students Anna Craig, Mary Kay Martin and Emily Spurlock took Second Place in the SDMS Student Sonography Poster Competition with their poster titled “The Use of Sonography to Detect Cumulative Damage to the Knee.”
Congratulations to all our DMU students and faculty!
Now that you have attended the SHP Professional Programs Career Fair, it is time to take your next step. You are well on your way to pursing your professional career, so don’t slack off now! Derek Harrington, graduate student in the MU Physical Therapy Program, provides some insight to students on how to follow up with recruiters after the fair, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Questions really let the recruiters know that you are interested in what they have to say and that you are interested in their company.”
Harrington reported that he has attended the SHP Professional Program Career Fair the last three years in order to learn about companies where he may work in the future. He meets with the same recruiters ever year, “Some do remember me by name or face from previous encounters, but I made sure they received my resume this time if I was really interested.”
Professional SHP students can maximize their post-career fair experience by following a few quick and easy steps:
1.Write thank you letters to recruiters who interested you. You will likely be one of few students sending a thank you note, and this will make you stand out in a very positive light.
2.Be sure to utilize professional communication etiquette in any correspondence with a recruiter such as addressing them using titles (Mr., Ms., Mrs.), maintaining a certain level of formality, and checking for proper grammar and spelling.
3.Reflect on how you presented yourself at the career fair: What could you have done better? What would you like to work on?
4.Keep records of recruiters and possible positions. With a file folder of business cards, handouts, and notes that you collect through career fairs, clinical opportunities, and other professional means of interacting with future employers, you will be well prepared when it is time for job applications.
5.Don’t stop with the career fair! Continue to search for your dream job and keep in mind what kind of environment, values, employer qualities, population, schedule and work-load you are looking for as you prepare for graduation.
6.Connect with recruiters on LinkedIn: keep your professional profile up to date and capitalize on the networking possibilities available to you in the comfort of your own living room!
Here are a few additional resources as you begin or continue your job search:
Hire Mizzou Tigers job postings: http://hiremizzoutigers.com/
Career Beam: Get Right to Work: http://cb.careersearch.net/login/?school_id=2453
Therapy Job Search Engine: http://www.therapyjobs.com/
The Scottish Rite Masons are proud to provide financial assistance to children with language communication disorders. In the case of RiteCare Valley of Columbia, the beneficiaries of this financial assistance are right here in Columbia at the Robert G. Combs Language Preschool and the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic.
This year, RiteCare Valley of Columbia donated $10,000 and presented a check at the annual “Let’s Talk” community fundraiser held on October 1, 2013. “We are so grateful for the support of the Scottish Rite and our friends at RiteCare Valley of Columbia,” said Dr. Judith Goodman, Chair of the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the MU School of Health Professions. “Their consistent generosity has created so many opportunities for us to provide services to those in our community who need them.”
Each year, parents of children who have received services from the preschool and clinic organize a community fundraiser called “Let’s Talk” to raise funds in support of children and adults who need speech therapy and other services provided in the clinic. This year’s fundraiser generated more than $17,000 – funds that will be used to provide and enhance speech therapy services for mid-Missourians.
Photo, from left: Ann Cardetti, organizer; MaryAnn Scheneman, faculty in Communication Science and Disorders; Barbara Brinkman, Director, MU Speech & Hearing Clinic; Sam Bornhauser, Columbia Valley RiteCare; Dana Fritz, faculty in Communication Science and Disorders; Kristofer Hagglund, Dean, MU School of Health Professions; Russ DeVenney, Columbia Valley RiteCare; Kate Quinn, organizer; Greta Hull, Director, Robert G. Combs Language Preschool.
For more information about the School of Health Professions and its speech therapy education and clinics, visit shp.missouri.edu/csd. For more information about Columbia Valley RiteCare, visit http://www.scottishrite-columbia.org/
See a slideshow of all the event pictures here!
Earlier this month, Physical Therapy students conducted a fall risk screening event at a local senior living facility, Lenoir Woods, as part of a lab activity for their class in Geriatrics. Supervised by PT faculty and community PTs, students used the STEADI protocol and algorithm to examine and make recommendations for 40 senior participants who live in either the independent living wing, or in the assisted living wing.
Senior RT students from our satellite site at Mercy Hospital St. Louis went to the daycare at the hospital to practice their child assessment skills last month.
RT student, Brittany Carter, said, “The kids are so funny and inquisitive at that age. It was a great opportunity to utilize the skills we have learned in getting HR, RR and breath sounds on children, which is completely different from adults.”