February 21, 2014

Therapeutic Modalities Lab Gets an Upgrade and SLU "Pays Forward" to the Community

The Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training in the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University utilizes the Therapeutic Modalities Lab in the Allied Health Building on the Medical Center Campus for many classes.  On February 20, 2014 the fixed height tables in the lab were replaced with 18 adjustable height (hi-lo) tables giving the lab a total of 22 adjustable height tables.  This is the first phase of a lab remodel that also includes technology enhance which allows linking between two other PT/AT labs for synchronous lab sessions in multiple rooms.

The lab is kept busy with many PT and AT classes. One of the biggest classes to use the lab is DPT/MAT 430, Therapeutic Modalities, where over 100 PT and AT students learn together in a class that utilizes technology, lectures and 4 lab section of around 25 students each.  Dr. Jason Bennett (PT faculty) and Dr. Tony Breitbach (AT faculty) have served as course coordinators for the class.  The class also utilizes both PT's and AT's as lab instructors.

This remodel has also allowed the Department of PT & AT to "pay forward" in the community.  The fixed height tables were offered to clinical sites on an "as-is" first come-first serve basis.  The following sites received fixed height tables:
Health Resource Center PT Clinic - http://medschool.slu.edu/hrc/
Bishop Dubourg High School AT Facility
Lutheran High School-South AT Facility
Parkway Central High School AT Facility
St. Mary's High School AT Facility
Triad High School AT Facility
Webster Groves High School AT Teaching Lab

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