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DPT students organize a Day of Service in downtown Reading

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 DPT students conduct “DPT Day of Service” in Reading PA

Throughout the month of October, the Alvernia University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program celebrated National Physical Therapy Month in a variety of ways. On October 2, in celebration of PT Month and to promote Alvernia’s recognition of the Feast of St. Francis, the DPT students conducted the first annual “DPT Day of Service”. In recognition of its Franciscan heritage, Alvernia’s celebration of this holiday provides an opportunity for the university to celebrate its tradition of community service and volunteerism.

 Alvernia DPT program students volunteering Although participation was not required, on October 2 nearly every student from the first cohort of DPT students participated in serving the community at the Hope Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization that provides refuge for the homeless men of Berks County.  The American Physical Therapy Association identifies altruism as one of its seven core values and Alvernia’s DPT Program Director, Dr. Christopher Wise believes it is possibly the most important one.

“A physical therapist that is community conscious is synonymous with an expert physical therapist,” explained Dr. Wise, “I think just as important as clinical skill and confidence and actually helping people in the doing of physical therapy is the concept of having a physical therapist who is truly concerned and interested in the individuals whom they serve.”

During their time at Hope Rescue Mission students helped sort and organize donated items, cleaned and maintained various parts of the facility and assisted the kitchen staff in serving meals to the residents. The favorite part for many students, however, was the chance to sit and interact with the men at the mission and hear their stories.

 DPT program volunteers at “DPT Day of Service” “I believe volunteering is helping to shape me as a person, a member of the community, and ultimately a physical therapist,” explained Morgan Aulenbach, one of the participating DPT students, “I believe these experiences will empower me to go beyond the expected standards of my practice now as well as in the future.”

According to Dr. Wise, the DPT program will integrate service-learning opportunities throughout the curriculum. “Such experiences will meet the dual purpose of allowing students to develop clinical skills while reinforcing the value of service to others.”, explains Dr. Wise

Alvernia ‘s DPT Program will be participating in a newly established federally-qualified health center (FQHC), located in Oakbrook, only a few miles outside of Reading, that will provide pro-bono care to low-income community members.

It is anticipated that the students enrolled in Alvernia’s DPT program will be able to start rotations at the center as early as spring semester, where they will have the chance to practice their skills on actual patients under the supervision of licensed physical therapists.

Disclaimer:

Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org<mailto:accreditation@apta.org>).  Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

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