April 30, 2012

SLU MAT Class of 2012 Experiences Success on BOC Exam

Congratulations to Saint Louis University Athletic Training students Leah Egeland (Maxwell, IA), JJ Hannigan (Arlington Heights, IL), Kacey Morrison (Peotone, IL) and Kemba Noel-London (Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.), the MAT Class of 2012, for successfully passing the Board of Certification exam! 
Every one (100%) of SLU's MAT graduates that have attempted the BOC exam in program history have passed on their first try!

April 27, 2012

New Saint Louis University Scholarship Will Honor Bob Bauman’s Legacy

Saint Louis University is establishing a new scholarship program to honor the memory of the late Bob Bauman, the most renowned athletic trainer in Billiken history.

The Clarence A. “Bob” Bauman Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training will provide tuition support for outstanding students in SLU’s athletic training education program during their final year of study.

The University is seeking to raise $200,000 to endow the scholarship. The fundraising effort is being led by a trio of SLU alumni and Billiken Hall of Famers: J. Kim Tucci, the co-founder of The Pasta House Co.; Scott Highmark, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; and Bill Hopfinger, founder and president of Rehab 1 Network.

“As a loyal and lifelong Billiken fan, I believe this scholarship will be a fitting tribute to Bob Bauman’s impressive life and legacy. ‘Doc’ was a great man, and he should never be forgotten,” Tucci said.

Bauman, who passed away in 1999, took care of SLU’s student-athletes for more than five decades (1928 to 1979), earning him an inaugural place in the Billiken Hall of Fame.

“Although ‘Doc’ had retired long before I began playing Billiken basketball, you could still feel his presence in West Pine Gym,” Highmark said.

But Bauman’s impact on St. Louis sports isn’t limited to Billiken athletics. He also served as the St. Louis Cardinals’ athletic trainer for nearly 50 years. He was inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1984.

“It’s impossible to measure the impact Bob had on athletic training and sports medicine in St. Louis, and his teaching and guidance contributed greatly to my professional success,” Hopfinger said. 

SLU’s athletic training education program is guided by a mission to develop health care professionals who “act for the good of the public, recognize the value of interprofessional practice and seek opportunities to serve the disadvantaged.”

To the program’s director, Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D., A.T.C., that mission sounds like a lot like Bob Bauman’s own personal characteristics.

“Everyone who supports this scholarship will be helping us educate athletic trainers who embody Bob’s commitment to integrity, excellence and professionalism,” Breitbach said.

To learn more about the Clarence A. “Bob” Bauman Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training at Saint Louis University, please contact Steve Sievers, Doisy College of Health Sciences Development Director, at 314.977.8322 or ssiever1@slu.edu.

More about the Athletic Training Education Program
Saint Louis University's athletic training education entry-level master's program is one of only 26 entry-level master's programs in the country to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is uniquely positioned at SLU’s Medical Center within a collaborative, interprofessional environment, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories and access to the new Chaifetz Arena. To learn more, visit at.slu.edu.

More about the Doisy College of Health Sciences
Long a leader in educating health professionals, Saint Louis University offered its first degree in an allied health profession in 1929. Today the Doisy College of Health Sciences offers degrees in physical therapy and athletic training, clinical laboratory science, nutrition and dietetics, health informatics and information management, health sciences, medical imaging and radiation therapeutics, occupational science and occupational therapy, and physician assistant education. The college's unique curriculum prepares students to work with health professionals from all disciplines to ensure the best possible patient care. To learn more, visit doisycollege.slu.edu.

More about Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 14,000 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care and community service, Saint Louis University has provided one-of-a-kind education, leadership and service for nearly two centuries. To learn more, visit slu.edu.

April 24, 2012

SLU AT Students Practice Emergency Procedures in School of Medicine's Clinical Simulation Center

One of the most important resources available to the SLU Athletic Training Program is the School of Medicine's Clinical Simulation Center.  It utilizes high fidelity patient simulators to create a life-like emergency management scenario.  On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, the SLU AT students went through football emergency scenarios in the lab.  Each scenario was managed by a 5 person team of first and second year professional AT students.  They were allowed to practice beforehand, but during the scenario, the only feedback was provided through their primary and secondary assessment of the patient.  Feedback forms were completed by faculty who were observing the activity, and Dr. Jason Bennett conducted a debriefing session with the students using the video of their performance.  This type of experience is so important in the professional preparation of the SLU AT students.

A football player is down "on the field"
The medical team springs into action from the "sideline"
Athletic trainers assess the situation.
Injured athlete is moved safely to spine board.
If necessary, CPR is initiated
Athlete is safely transported.

April 05, 2012

SLU AT Program Advisory Board Holds Spring Meeting

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program Advisory Board held its spring meeting at Hamburger Mary's restaurant in midtown St. Louis on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.  The Advisory Board, which meets each semester, serves a valuable role for the program.  The board is composed of  local professionals with a connection to athletic training and SLU.  The provide a connection for the SLU AT Program in the community and serve as consultants with regard to mission, marketing, clinical education and other program enhancements.

AT Faculty and Advisory Board Members at Spring 2012 meeting: Tricia Austin, Tim Howell, Jason Bennett, Rick Larsen, Kitty Newsham, Jennifer Baine, Scott Kaar, Julie Davitz, Tony Breitbach, Aaron McBride, Tyler Wadsworth, Matt Bayes, Jonathan Burch, Paul Nativi, Mark Reinking and Bill Siler.
SLU Athletic Training Advisory Board members: 
Tricia Austin PhD, PT, ATC, Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy
Jonathan Burch ATC, Saint Louis University Athletics
Randy Craig PT, ATC, MS, PROrehab, PC
Julie Davitz PT, ATC, MHS, Rehab 1 Network
Matthew Bayes MD, The Crane Clinic Sports Medicine
Scott Kaar MD, SLUCare Orthopedics
Rick Larsen MS, ATC, Washington University Athletics
Aaron McBride MPT, ATC, PROrehab, PC
Paul Nativi DMD, Saint Louis University 
Laura O'Connor MPT, ATC, CSCS, Mercy Physical Therapy
Fred Shinn MS, PT, Monroe County Sports Medicine
Tyler Wadsworth MD, Saint Louis University, Department of Family and Community Medicine, AT Program Medical Director 

April 01, 2012

SLU AT Program Wraps Up a Busy National Athletic Training Month

Faculty, staff and students of the Saint Louis University commemorated National Athletic Training Month in March 2012 with a variety of activities.

Under the guidance of Dr. Timothy Howell, the junior AT students in MAT 300: Athletic Training Professional Development made a promotional video and posters featuring the five domains of Athletic Training, the posters were displayed in the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus during National Athletic Training Month.

March 1, 2012: The program worked with the Brain Injury Association of Missouri to host the community education program Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers in the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus.

March 1-4, 2012: SLU physicians, AT program faculty and students provided medical coverage for “Arch Madness”, the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis, MO.

March 7-11, 2012: Coverage for the Missouri Valley Conference continued with the Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO.

March, 16-17, 2012: Faculty members Dr. Kitty Newsham and Dr. Anthony Breitbach made presentations at the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Symposium in Topeka, KS.  That same weekend Dr. Newsham also presented at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Winter Meeting in Chicago, IL.  Over the same weekend, Dr. Jason Bennett, SLU physicians and several AT student also volunteered as medical staff for the NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO.

March 20, 2012: Saint Louis University’s Alpha Iota Chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Academic Honor Society, inducted its newest members in a ceremony in the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus.

March 22-25, 2012: The SLU AT program provided medical coverage for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional Championships at the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, MO, which was hosted by Saint Louis University.

March 24, 2012:  Students of the SLU AT program worked together with lululemon athletic Plaza Frontenac to host LOUTOPiA in the Allied Health Building on the Medical Center Campus. LOUTOPiA provided opportunities for people in the St. Louis community to learn and participate in a wide array of fitness/wellness activities.

March 26, 2012:  Faculty and students of the SLU AT program went on a field trip to visit the St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Rams practice facilities in suburban St. Louis, MO. The athletic trainers for each addressed our students and gave them an interesting look into sports medicine in professional sports.