– Alright. Good afternoon, everyone. Oh, thank you. I’m Becca, and I’m a second year physical therapy student here at the University of Evansville, and I would like to welcome the faculty, staff, family, and friends and fellow students to the
University of Evansville as we celebrate the Doctor
of Physical Therapy Program’s 6th Annual White Coat Ceremony. We are very excited to
continue this tradition in the honor of the DPT
students here at UE. On behalf of our faculty,
staff, and students who have planned this event, I would like to thank you for
your donations and support that have made this event possible. Thank you for being here today as we recognize the
professionalism and dedication of the DPT students of UE. This ceremony signifies the
transition of these students into the professional program. The white coat they will be receiving is a symbol of healing, a symbol of help, and most importantly a symbol of hope. It is a symbol of their commitment
to their future patients and a symbol of compassion and excellence they will strive for when treating their future patients. Although many of you will choose not to where your white coats, allow it to remain a
symbol of your achievements and a constant reminder of your dedication to this profession and its core values of accountability, altruism, compassion, and caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, and social responsibility. In addition, the white coat represents the progress of physical
therapy as a profession. In Vision 2020, the American
Physical Therapy Association states that physical therapists will earn a doctorate level degree and in doing so will join the rank with the elite 5% of
the American population holding a doctorate degree or
a professional level degree. Vision 2020 also states
that by the year 2020, the year each of you will graduate, physical therapy will be viewed by all as primary care practitioners treating patients without
physician referral, and this ceremony is
progress toward that goal. The growth and profession of
physical therapy worldwide makes this an exciting time
to be entering our profession. My hope is that this
ceremony will inspire you and at the same time remind you of your duty as a professional. And I ask you to think about your future as a doctor of physical therapy and the responsibility that comes with it. Now, I would like to invite
Dr. Kiesel to the podium to introduce the faculty. (applause) – Good afternoon, I’m Kyle Kiesel. I am the chair of the
Physical Therapy Department as well as the director
of the DPT Program. I’d just like to add my welcome and thanks everyone for coming, and just a quick congratulations to the students starting out in their DPT education program. The summer curriculum, as
they found out of course, historically is known as
being quite challenging, so congratulations on
getting through that. And don’t let down, because we’re gonna hit the ground running tomorrow, so no rest, but great job, and we’re looking forward to, looking forward to getting
to know all of you. My role here today is to simply introduce
our faculty and staff. We have a tremendous faculty and staff in our DPT program. I couldn’t be more proud. One of the biggest challenges in physical therapy education today is finding faculty. There are about 500 openings right now. If you have a terminal degree and you’re a physical therapist and you’re qualified
then to be an educator. So it’s challenging, and we’ve just just couldn’t be happier about the quality of folks that we have. Kind of awkward to start with
myself, but I guess I will. I’ve been here kind of forever now. I’m I guess now the senior member. Starting my 18th year. I’ve taught the musculoskeletal content, as well as the evidence
based practice content. Those are my primary areas. I still practice physical therapy, outpatient physical
therapy, on a regular basis. And my research area has
been in injury prevention and spine and core sort of function. Those are the main areas
that I’ve done work in, and I expanded the core research into some breathing research, dysfunctional breathing
research that we’re doing now. We’re starting our third
student project with that tomorrow actually. So we’re excited about that. And yeah, I get the opportunity
to travel all over the world and interact with researchers and teach education to
physical therapists. So when we talk about what’s
going on in physical therapy we’re not talking about just in the area, or just in Indiana, or just in the Midwest. We’re literally talking about what’s going on around the world from a variety of faculty and our international touch. So we feel pretty comfortable that what you’re getting is meaningful. Jennifer Simon, all of you have had the honor of meeting Jennifer. She holds things together for us. She’s outstanding. She’s got a variety of titles, and that really doesn’t do it justice. She holds things together for us. Does an outstanding job of taking care of each of you once you’re in the program. And for all of you as you came through, either undergraduate here or if you were a second
degree seeking student somebody transferred here you got the pleasure of
working with Jennifer. She’s absolutely outstanding. She’s just in her second year with us she’s been at the university. Brings a wealth of
institutional knowledge and just truly is passionate about our program and about each student here. So, we are happy to have her. Tzurei Chen, Dr. Chen,
is now in her fifth year. She is a motor control,
balance, and gait specialist. So, she got her PhD from
the University of Oregon known as really one of the best gait and balance programs in the country and is really outstanding. She teaches a variety of areas, of course, biomechanics and some of our neuro content. And then our multi systems classes is kind of one of her main classes. She has been involved in clinical practice as well as a variety of
research subject projects. She got a student generated balance and gait research program and study and program going here, which was a great reach
out to the community. So she has just done a tremendous job. And you notice her
personal interests there. She is a concert pianist and a national champion table tennis player. So it’s not just for fun. Dr. Huebner is our new
Director of Clinical Education. So, Bethany has been with us in the residency program
for several years, and now in her third year
as full time faculty. And we’re excited that she took
over our clinical education. Just a really, really
important and challenging job as we send all of you and your two other classes out to
all these clinical sites. So we have maybe as many
as 300 clinical sites in a variety of, in several different countries
actually that we manage. So, Bethany does a super job with that. Just so excited that she’s helping there. She has taken on the
musculoskeletal content, sort of lead faculty member in that and done a lot of revisions in that, as well as pathology. So she’s just helped a number of areas, so very excited to have her with us. She continues to practice
outpatient physical therapy and she is heavily involved in our
sports residency program, which many have heard about, as well. So thanks for all your work. Janice, Janice, I don’t think
Janice made it over today. She’s our administrative assistant. She’s been here for I think what, five or six
years now, five years now. You’ll see Janice. You’ve probably seen her already, see her on a regular basis. Jennifer keeps the program going. Janice keeps the faculty
going on a day to day basis with small things, and she does a great job. She interacts with students
on a regular basis, and she saves me a lot of work. I’ll just say that. Ling-Yin Liang is here. Dr. Ling is physical
therapist and got her PhD in motor control and neuro rehab. She has a background with sophisticated research methodologies in pediatrics, so she’s continued off
her dissertation work to do presentations and research over the last few years, several international presentations that she’s done and continued to create publications in that area. So it’s a very sophisticated
area of research. It’s great for us here to have that level of researcher with us. She continues to do a great
job in the classroom, as well. She teaches in a variety of areas. Really has taken over our
motor control content, which is so important, across the lifespan and has just continued to do
a great job in the classroom. So very excited for Ling to stay with us. Next we have a new faculty
member here, Jordana Lockwich. Jordana comes from the University of Pittsburgh where she worked in a
hospital rehab setting. Was involved in the neuro
residency program there. This is her first full time faculty job, so very excited to have Jordana with us. Again, has that neuro background in a variety of areas in neuro, and she will take over the neuro rehab class,
which is in the spring. So that’s a large content
and a big responsibility. So, we’re excited to have
Jordana with us here. She’s getting ready to take her neuro clinical specialty exam, which will be coming up later next year. And so we will get her
broken into the research and several other things, but for now just getting her broken in and getting her started as
a full time faculty member. So we’re excted she’s here. Kyle Matsel is with us. He’s in his second year. Kyle is a graduate of UE and also went through our
sports residency program. So, he stays very
heavily involved in that. He teaches a variety of classes
in musculoskeletal content, sports, and orthopedics. And he is in his officially his first year but really essentially his second year as a PhD student at the
University of Kentucky. So you’ll see Kyle being
very busy teaching, helping with research and helping with the residency program, a variety of data collection projects, and also taking his doctoral classes. So, if he looks a little a little busy it’s because he is. He has helped us along the
line of research that we do in a variety of areas, and has just taken it
to it very, very well. So very excited for him to
get that PhD level training. Phil Plisky. Phil is a associate professor, a
tenured professor with us here. He’s in his eighth year. He’s a UE graduate. He is also the Eykamp Center for
Teaching Excellence director, which means all new faculty at
the University of Evansville go through his program. So he’s a teaching learning expert. So, he teaches teachers
how to teach basically is a quick way to say that. So, we’re very happy to have Phil with us. He’s done a variety of
things in professional sports and consulting in the US military with injury prevention efforts, and has continued to work in
outpatient physical therapy as well as started and continues to direct the sports residency program. What else? Yeah, over 20 publications. So obviously Phil is very busy. So thanks for all his work. Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer. Kate is here. You all voted Kate in to
speak to the class today, so we’re excited to hear from Kate. Kate has done an outstanding
job through her training. She’s on the tail end of her PhD, so she’s getting ready to
defend her dissertation, so that’s coming up. So she has put a tremendous amount of work into that. As a majority of us know sitting up here it’s a challenge to get
through that training. So great job, Kate. Keep it up. Almost got it. Kate teaches musculoskeletal area. She took on the cardiopulmonary content, which was new to her. She’s done a great job with that. And she helps heavily in
the scientific inquiry, the research and evidence
based practice classes, as well as community health. She has really gotten going in her research and her research involves
injury prevention and changing risk factors, so real novel project that she’s getting ready to defend, so very excited to see that through. Next is Katie Whetstone. Katie is another new faculty member in her first year with us. Katie is a graduate of
the program here as well, as well as the sports residency program. She’ll help in a variety of things, including our clinical education piece. She’s assistant director of clin-ed. And I was working on Katie’s load. So one of the main things
I do is kind of figure out which classes are best
for people to teach, and I just wish I could
copy and paste Katie and have two of her as I
work on my spreadsheet. She has so many things she can do and the needs that we have. So we have I try to keep her as as free as possible, but she can be very busy as
she takes on this new position. She has an interest in basic sciences. So she’s looking at considering advanced doctoral work in
anatomy and physiology. So we’ll see where that lands. So very excited. She’s helping with anatomy, and you all got to meet
her over the summer. And then Kathy Liu. Many of you met Kathy. Kathy is an athletic trainer and a PhD. Has a degree in biomechanics
from an outstanding, one of the best biomechanic
programs in the country. Very happy to have Kathy help us out. Kathy teaches in the summer for us, teaches a biomechanics class. You got to meet her there. And then many of you know
Kathy if you’re a UE student as she is one of the key instructors in a variety of classes,
prerequisite classes, to prepare you for a
physical therapy education. She’s a seasoned researcher. Obviously has a lot of publications and abstracts, and so very excited that Kathy is continuing to help us. And Dr. Rodd, Associate Chair of the School of Health Sciences. Dr. Rodd has helped us out
ever since I’ve been here, so that’s a while. So thanks to Dr. Rodd. Again, you’ve all met Dr. Rodd either in the summer in gross anatomy or same. He is many of your advisors and helps teach a variety of
those basic science classes to prepare you for, prepare you for the program, as well as he teaches our medical
physiology in the program. That’s fall I guess you’ll have that. So thanks for all your
work and help, Dr. Rodd. Okay, that’s that. A great group here. Again, just very excited
to have this faculty here. And we took this opportunity to for me to introduce the faculty so you’d get a little bit
of a feel of what they do. One of the things that we’ve been able to execute over the last several years are research projects where students help. And there’s no formal really process. We’ll sort of put out a call and say, “Hey, we’re doing this research. “Do you want to help out? “If you’ve got a little extra
time do you want to help?” There’s some funds available
sometimes to pay you and sometimes we just get the help. Part of this is just
so you know who we are and we start asking around to see if you want to
help with the research. So if you do, start asking now. Ask in the classes ahead of you and get a sense of the time
commitment that that’s like. But we got a lot of projects going. Very excited that you’re here. Thank you. (applause) – Thank you, Dr. Kiesel. Now I’d like to welcome Dr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer to the podium as our faculty speaker. – Alright guys, welcome. My name is Kate, as you saw. I’m an assistant professor
in the DPT program, and I teach in the areas of research, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and community health. It’s probably no secret that my favorite of all those classes is the scientific inquiry series. That’s the research content. In fact, I’m so excited
to start these classes that I’m not even gonna wait until Monday. I’m gonna introduce some research terms and
concepts right now, yay! So for the most part of your academic journey, there has always been
clear and correct answers. So for example, who was the eighth president
of the United States? Does anybody know? Nobody? Martin Van Buren, yay! (audience laughs) That’s a really obscure reference. So here’s a really more relevant
one for the PT students. What is the insertion
of the latissimus dorsi? How dare I bring up gross anatomy. The insertion of the latissimus
dorsi muscle what is it? Bicipital groove, nice, alright. Good start. Alright, so these are very
clear, very correct answers. It’s black and white. That’s a dichotomy we
call that in research. And those are great because
there is no in between, you’re either right or you’re wrong. You’re a cat person or a dog person. You are an IU fan or a Purdue fan. And we can all agree that UK
fans are the worst, right? (audience laughs) I can say that because I am one, okay? But starting today, you are leaving that
world of black and white and you are entering this
wonderful world of gray, which is equal parts amazingly beautiful and incredibly frustrating. The best researchers will never say that they prove anything, but they will say that their
research or their results suggest something, which
is incredibly vague, but that’s the language we use. From now on, and you can verify this with the second and third
year students that I saw here, nearly every question that you ask will be answered with
the phrase, “It depends.” Promise you. From now on, exam questions won’t have just one right answer,
but lots of right answers, and your job is to determine which answer is the most right given a set of circumstances. I know a lot of you are
type A personalities like most of us and
are panicking thinking, “How are you ever supposed to get an A “in a class where the
answers are always changing?” That’s because the right
answers keep changing because our patients are people and people are forever changing. I’m sure you’ve heard several times that no two people are exactly alike. Therefore, our assessments
and our interventions can’t be exactly alike, either. There has to be some gray area, and that’s where the best
physical therapists live is in that gray area. So we’ll spend the next
three years teaching you how to build a home in
that gray area, too. Living in that gray
area is difficult, yes, and incredibly frustrating at times. But, if you can learn to
embrace the ambiguity, the impact on the lives of your patients will be amazingly beautiful. So as I said, I teach
in the research classes. So maybe you’re wondering if there’s some kind of formula
for success in this program. Yes, there is. What is it? It depends. (audience laughs) So for some of you it will mean reading and re-reading notes and book chapters. For some it will mean recording and re-listening to lecture content. For some of you, studying in a group and discussing classroom
content will be best. And for others, it will be a
combination of all of that. The formula for success can
change from class to class and year by year, and that’s challenging and
it can be really scary. But, every good formula
has a constant, right, so let that constant be us, your faculty. All of us struggled at
one point or another learning to live in that gray area, but I promise you we are
looking for good neighbors. Please don’t hesitate to reach
out to any of us at any time. We are always here to help
you with your formula. We are so excited to break ground with you on your new house in
the gray area tomorrow. Good luck and thank you. (applause) – Thank you, Dr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer. Our next speaker is Kristen Lund. Kristen graduated from UE’s
DPT program in May 2017 and received the Outstanding
Physical Therapist Award for her graduating class. She’s now an outpatient
orthopedic physical therapist at Athletico in Bloomington, Indiana. Please join me in
welcoming Dr. Kristen Lund. (applause) – Alright, thanks Becca and
to the White Coat Ceremony for inviting me to speak today. It’s truly an honor to be here, because it wasn’t that long ago that I was sitting in one
of those seats over there about to get my own white coat. So maybe you came to this
ceremony today with ideas that you might get some advice
on how to be successful and how to work hard in PT school, but that would be a waste of my time because you already have demonstrated that you know how to do those things. You were accepted into this
competitive academic program and you’ve already completed one of the most challenging courses you’ll take over the next
few years, gross anatomy. So today I want to share some
advice that may seem unlikely, but is absolutely vital to making it through the next few years. I want to talk about how
to fail and how to rest. So you all are here because you’re among the best of the best in your high schools and
your undergraduate careers. If you’re anything like me, and as Kate alluded to the
people on this stage very Type A, you’re used to succeeding and are probably terrified of failing. So now just three months out of PT school when I look back at the last few years it’s the botched exams and
the disastrous practicals that taught me the most as painful as it might’ve
been at the time, because those experiences showed me just how much I still had to learn and motivated me to keep pushing forward. So as difficult as it can be to fail, remember it’s not a nail in the coffin but it’s a stepping stone on the journey to reaching your goal of
becoming a physical therapist. J. K. Rowling’s manuscript
for Harry Potter was famously rejected by 12
major publishing companies before it was ever picked up. Walt Disney was once
fired from a newspaper because his editor said he lacked imagination
and had no good ideas. Steve Jobs first Mac computer constantly crashed due to the poor design. But, none of these people gave up. They didn’t let their failures
define them or defeat them. So when you inevitably fall short at some point over the next few years, remember that failing doesn’t
define or defeat you either. It can make you stronger and help you improve as
a student and a person. So when you’re struggling ask for help and remember how you feel right now today. Look around at everybody in this room. Right now you’re surrounded
by your families, your friends, and your faculty members. Remember those faces when
failure gets you down, because every single person is here today because they want you to succeed. As you heard from Dr.
Kiesel’s introduction, your professors are brilliant therapists, educators, and researchers, nationally and globally renowned. Any hospital, outpatient clinic,
or other practice setting would no doubt love to hire
them for full time patient care. But instead they chose to
dedicate their careers to teaching to helping you become the best possible physical
therapist you can be in order to better serve
the people who need you. On that journey you’ll
inevitably make mistakes, and that’s okay. That’s why you go to school
for at least six to seven years to become a physical therapist instead of being shipped straight
out into clinical practice when you decide what you
want to do with your life. These next three years are an amazing time to learn, grow, and challenge yourself in a supportive environment. Know that there will be ups and downs, but when you sit in these same
chairs three years from now for your hooding and pinning ceremony just before graduation, you’ll be more knowledgeable and skilled and ready to be a physical therapist. And even more importantly you’ll be a better and
stronger version of yourself. In order to grow, it’s
important to find a balance between hard work and rest. Any of you with a background
in exercise science knows about the concept
of progressive overload. If you want to build muscle for example you gradually increase weight over time. If you want to train for a
marathon you add mileage slowly and you take periodic cut back weeks where you decrease the intensity and duration of your workouts. This is described in the
new book Peak Performance as a simple equation stress plus rest equals growth. The authors of this book interviewed some of the
world’s top performers in sports, business, and other fields and one thing they found that these remarkable people had in common was the ability to strike a balance between times of stress and
times of rest in order to grow. Without stress that required them to push themselves outside
their comfort zones they’d never improve, they’d
never get better at anything, they would never learn anything new. But with too much stress
and not enough rest, they would just end up
injured or burned out. The same holds true for PT school. Over the next few years you’ll work harder than
you ever thought possible, but it’s essential that
you allow yourself downtime in order to be at your best. What that looks like for each
of you is probably different, but I recommend trying to pick
a period of time each week as your designated time off of studying and spend that time doing things that truly make you feel
relaxed and renewed. For me, it was coming home after class on a Friday afternoon, walking my dogs, enjoying nature, maybe cooking a recipe
I wouldn’t make time for on a weeknight, catching up with friends. As tempted as I was to spend that time zoning out on my phone and
scrolling through social media, which I definitely did
and still do at times, I realized that habit didn’t really make me
feel refreshed or renewed, just kind of scattered and dissatisfied. So now as a new grad physical therapist I realize the risk of
burnout is still there due to productivity expectations, documentation, the stress of adjusting
to full time patient care. So I still make it a priority
to work hard and rest hard. Every week I look forward
to Saturday mornings when I run trails with my friends in my new town of Bloomington, Indiana and then go out to brunch. Nothing makes me feel quite so refreshed as time in nature, good conversation, and a healthy dose of carbs and caffeine. No matter what happened
at work the week before or how crazy the week ahead looks, those moments make me
feel alive and at peace and that gives me the energy to take on any challenge
that comes my way. That being said, early on in PT school my life looked pretty different. I was so dedicated to
doing well academically that I convinced myself I
didn’t possibly have time to sleep seven to eight hours
a night or exercise regularly. I loved distance running
and training for races, but I put that on hold telling myself I just didn’t have time and I needed to spend every
waking moment focused on school. So it’s perhaps not
surprising or unrelated that I spent much of my
first year exhausted, sick, and anxious. As I settled into PT school
a bit I started running more, and third year I finally took the plunge that I’d been wanting to for a long time and registered for a marathon. While getting up at 5:30
on a Saturday morning to run 20 miles may sound
anything but restful, I was surprised at how much
I grew to love those hours spent logging miles and how the process of
training came to mean even more than the result of the race. I tell you this not to encourage you to go running necessarily, because the story isn’t about running. It’s about committing my
time outside of school to something that taught me I’m capable of so much more than I think, and that confidence carried
over into PT school. I once thought exercising
and getting enough sleep were a waste of the time
I spent outside of school, but the longer and farther I ran I started seeing difficult tasks, like a practical or a final, as a challenge I could rise to rather than something to be afraid of. I was more confident going into exams and my academic performance improved. In a marathon there’s a
point where everything hurts and you just want to stop. The best part about the
marathon of PT school is that when you’re
struggling for motivation you can know with 100% certainty that what you’re doing matters. Second year we completed a
check off for limb wrapping for lower extremity amputations. It was only worth five points and one of my study buddies said, “Oh, I think I’m just gonna wing this. “We’ve got something bigger
coming up later in the week “so I’m gonna focus on that.” So that was a tempting approach to take, but I knew myself by
that time and knew that I needed a lot of practice, repetition, to feel confident in my skills so I spent a few hours in lab
practicing with a classmate. I did fine on the check off, sure, but more importantly let’s fast forward to
the following summer. I was doing a clinical in in patient rehab and on a mount table in front of me was a patient who had had
her lower leg amputated three days ago. It was just like I’d practiced in lab. My clinical instructor
handed me an elastic bandage, asked me if I was comfortable wrapping the patient’s residual limb, so I took that bandage and I said, “Yes.” Suddenly that check off wasn’t about earning five points for a grade. It was about a woman
who was afraid, in pain, and had recently gone through one of the most traumatic
experiences in her life. At that moment I would’ve
been disappointed in myself had I decided to just wing it, because she deserved better than that. All of our patients deserve our best, and for us to be at our best we need to learn how to
put forward a hard effort and then allow ourselves to rest and renew so we’re ready to face the next challenge. So as you prepare to
start the academic year, know that you have what it takes to work hard and be successful, but also know that it’s okay
and absolutely essential to make mistakes, learn from them, and to balance times of
stress with times of rest. So congratulations on receiving
your white coats today. It’s a great milestone in your journey to becoming
a physical therapist, and I wish you all the
best in the years ahead. Thank you. (applause) – Thank you, Kristen. Caitlin Baker, a third year doctor of physical therapy student and Ace CARE board member is going to give a few words
on Ace CARE and ACErcise. – So by a show of hands, how many of you have ever needed to receive physical therapy services? Get them up high. Okay, so now imagine that you were unable to
receive those services that you needed. So like Becca stated, I’m Caitlin and I am on the board of an organization that serves the uninsured
or underinsured population of the Tri-state Area called Ace CARE. Ace CARE we have a clinic portion that serves more of
your ortho based cases, which you’ll be learning next spring, such as shoulder injuries, low back pain, knee/ankle injuries. Then we also have ACErcise, which is our wellness
program for participants that have had any type
of neurological insult. So for example, a couple of
our participants currently they’ve had a stroke, maybe a brain injury, spinal cord injury, a couple of our participants
have Parkinson’s disease, so you do see a good variety of diagnoses. And so today instead of just
giving you all of the facts about this organization, I just wanted to provide you
with my personal experience with this organization and how it has truly changed my experience in the PT program here at UE. So to be completely honest, when I was sitting there two years ago, I never expected I
would be the one up here talking about an organization at the time I barely knew anything about. But now it is an organization that I hold so near and dear to my heart. After volunteering with the organization my first year of PT school, I decided to run for a board position. Now mind you, I’ve held plenty of leadership positions before, but this time I decided I was gonna go out of my comfort zone. I came into PT school thinking, “This is the population
I’m gonna work with. “No professor is gonna change my mind.” So I was like, “Well, I’ll see.” I’d never really had experience with the neurological population. I hadn’t really been exposed to it. So I thought, “Okay, I’m gonna
step out of my comfort zone. “Gonna try to grow.” And I knew that it would
be a challenging position, but what I didn’t know was how much that position
would ultimately change my life. It’s hard for me to put into words how much this position and
organization means to me and how much it has changed me, not just professionally, but wholistically as a
person and as a student. There’s most of the weeks
I go in and I’m stressed, I’m tired, sometimes I don’t feel good, but just spending one
short hour of my busy week with these participants I walk out of there no matter the week and my mood has done a 180 switch. I mean these participants look so forward to coming and spending that one-on-one time with the students. They have a comradery with each other. And it’s because of that one hour that we’re helping their
lives get so much better. I’ve personally been able to see people come in using assistive devices that no longer need them. We’re helping them move better because they’re getting stronger, their balance is improving, they’re not falling as much, and they’re happier, and it’s just from us
volunteering one hour a week. And it’s in that hour that I’m reminded why I decided to go into physical therapy and why I’m putting up
with all of the stress that you’re gonna be experiencing
for the next three years. But to be completely honest, it’s just because I love helping people. And you love helping people,
that’s why you’re here, but how many other PT
students across the country are getting ready to start their program because they also love helping people? Ace CARE is an organization that will set you apart
from those students. Not everyone has this unique opportunity to take what they’re
learning in the classroom and directly apply it to patient care before you go out on that first clinical. I mean your first clinical
you’re gonna be scared, you’re gonna feel like you know nothing, but each week if you’re able to volunteer just that short time, utilize what you’re learning
in the classroom, try it out. I mean it’s not for a grade, so you’re not gonna be
penalized if you mess up. That’s a great learning experience. I can be completely honest this experience and this organization helped me feel so much more confident going into my clinicals than other classmates of
mine that weren’t involved. So for example this past summer I was on my neuro clinical and I kind of had that ah-ha moment, like, “This is what I want to do “once I get out into the PT profession. “I want to work with this population,” which was a little bit off track of what I came into PT school thinking. And after my first week my
clinical instructor told me, “Caitlin, you’re advanced. “You are beyond where
you’re supposed to be “at your level of education.” And I just said, “Leah, I’m gonna give
credit to where it’s due. “We have an organization
on campus that I help run, “I’m on the board for, called Ace CARE.” And she said that she could
tell from that experience that I had had with this
organization that it did put me above where she expected a
student of my education level. And because of that extra mentoring I got from our faculty that volunteer and the expert clinicians
that volunteer their time to give us their advice
and to give us pointers that you get outside of the classroom, I was able to go above and beyond for my patients this summer. And I could not be more
grateful for this organization. I love it and I’m gonna live up my
last semester with it. So I’m gonna end by showing
you guys a video that a couple of us went to
a pro bono conference this past spring break
in Philly and presented. So you’ll see a couple of
our student volunteers, PT volunteers, as well as a couple of the participants, and they’re gonna be sharing what they think about
the organization Ace CARE and how it has changed their life. (gentle upbeat music) – Ace CARE and ACErcise are
really special to me because they both give me an opportunity to take a step back from what
I’m doing in the classroom and to enhance my skills
that I’ve learned, as well as have fun and
bond with the participants. – It has been a real
positive impact on me. It’s been nice to come
and deal with the students and the other clients. It’s been real positive, because it’s been something
that I can look forward to and a new challenge each week. – I think that it has helped the participants in the community because it’s offered a
safe, structured environment for participants to exercise in. I think it’s bigger than a
maintenance plan, I really do, because I’ve seen participants have have grown a lot from the program. I see them moving faster, I see people with better balance, I see people with less assistive
or no assistive devices that came in the program utilizing those. I also think it’s important
for students to see that it is important that we
volunteer within the community. This is part of our professional duty to use our knowledge,
to use our skill sets, to promote health and wellness. – Ace CARE I think it’s a
positive asset to the community to provide a free service for something that’s so
important for so many people that they can’t afford. I also love really getting
to interact with the students and mentor them and show them things that they really don’t
get every day in class. – I chose to be involved
in Ace CARE because of the actual passion that
the students have for it. They brought this idea to us as faculty, and obviously it’s a great idea to help the community in this way. It helps the university, but really it’s the excitement and passion the students brought to this project and continue to bring this project that really got me on board. – I think it’s important for students to be involved in Ace CARE
for two primary reasons. One, they start to learn clinical skills and how to be a physical therapist, and what happens when you
have to treat patients and actually get engaged, do the paperwork, and just their initial
introduction to treating patients. But secondly, they’re gonna
get a lot of that later, so secondly may be more important, and that’s being part of the organization. They’re part of the group. They have to work together. It’s student run. They elect their own leadership. They have to create their
own rules and guidelines. And they’re doing something
for the greater good, right? They’re giving back to those in need, and that’s one of the
underlying constructs of any university we want to help give back. So clinical skills is one thing, but I think just that true
spirit of giving and service may be the best. – To me ACErcise and Ace CARE
are a source of inspiration. Many of us volunteered so that we could make a difference in the lives of individuals
in our community, but in turn they make a huge
difference in our lives. We come and we see participants who even though it’s
been a couple of years since their first onset of symptoms, they’re showing an improvement. It’s really rewarding to see
what our future career holds and how we can make a
difference in their lives. – So (audio cuts out) all 43 of you tomorrow at 3:30. We’re having an informational
meeting in Graves 104. If you come that doesn’t mean that you’re like selling your soul to us. We just want to provide you– (video starts playing) Sorry. Anyway. (laughs) So we just want to give you all the information about
Ace CARE and ACErcise, answer any questions
that you guys may have. So yeah, I hope to see you all there. We’re super excited. We need you guys. We as third years are
gonna be leaving soon, and we don’t need you,
but our patients need you, because we are changing their lives and we just want to keep this
organization up and running for as long as we can, so forever. So thank you so much for
letting me talk to you today. (applause) – Thank you, Caitlin. I would now like to welcome
Dr. Matsel to the podium for the Presentation of the Coats, and Dr. Chen will be placing
the coats on the students. – Good afternoon. My name is Kyle Matsel. It’s my honor to present the white coats to our class of 2020. So if the first row of
students would like to approach the podium or approach the stage. Kelly Offart. (applause) Andrew Branson. (applause) (audience laughs) Katie Bretsnider. (applause) Megan Brun. (applause) Jacob Burry. (applause) Antonia Calderio. (applause) Travis Chapman. (applause) Tara Dawson. (applause) Madeleine Green. (applause) McKinsey Hayes. (applause) Tyler Hefflan. (applause) Jenna Helabush. (applause) Will the second row of students
please approach the stage? Ty Hingley. (applause) Rachel Hendrickson. (applause) Caitlin Holman. (applause) Tiffany Huffman. (applause) Jessica Jacobitus. (applause) Jordan Jargestorf. (applause) Shelby Jordan. (applause) Megan Luch-kow-ow-ski. (applause) Samantha Mackey. (applause) Lucas Markowitz. (applause) (audience laughs) Lucas Matzel. (applause) (audience laughs) – We got it now, right? (applause) – [Dr. Matsel] Betsey Murphy. (applause) Will the next row of students
please approach the stage? Courtney Newsome. (applause) Kelsey, oh. (audience laughs) Kelsey Owen. (applause) Everett Plosik. (applause) Taylor Rogers. (applause) Julie Saucerman. (applause) Sabrina Shnell. (applause) Kathyrn Shriber. (applause) Caroline Shay. (applause) Hannah Stevisky. (applause) Matthew Stedham. (applause) Madeleine Steinkey. (applause) Liberty Straton. (applause) The next row of students,
please approach the stage. Gabrielle Stubblefield. (applause) Jessica Tall. (applause) Kendall Turner. (applause) Daniel Wasowitz. (applause) (laughing) Mary Waylin. (applause) (audience laughs) Loren Wineley. (applause) – Thank you Dr. Matsel and
Dr. Chen and Dr. Lockwich. Now we will have Janae Wagler, a second year doctor of
physical therapy student, read the code of ethics. – Physical therapists should respect the inherent dignity and
rights of all individuals. Physical therapists should
be trustworthy, compassionate in addressing the rights
and needs of patients. Physical therapists should be accountable for making sound professional judgments. Physical therapists should
demonstrate integrity in their relationships with patients, families, colleagues, students, research participants, other healthcare providers, employers, payers, and the public. Physical therapists should fulfill their legal and professional obligations. Physical therapists should
enhance their expertise through their lifelong
acquisition and refinement of knowledge, skills, abilities,
and professional behaviors. Physical therapists should promote organizational behaviors
and business practices that benefit patients and society. – Thank you, Janae. We would like a group
photo of the class of 2020 at the conclusion of the ceremony, so if you guys could just
hang out by the stage and then everyone will
go down to the stairs. And parents, I know that
you love your children, but we ask that you not
hang your head over the rail or all of your heads will
be in the group picture. (audience laughs) Right outside the door there’s a reception with beverages and snacks for friends, family, faculty, and staff, and there’s also UE backgrounds for professional headshots. We have a photographer here. So one is for a professional headshot, and the other is for just personal, personal photos. And students, there’s a
small gift in the back. It’s not really a gift. It was included in your fees, sorry. (audience laughs) I thought it was a gift
a year ago, but it’s not. So please don’t forget to
get that on your way out. Those are some pretty helpful tools that you’ll need this semester. And I just want to thank everyone for attending the 2017
White Coat Ceremony, and for supporting your
student during gross anatomy, and for your continued
support the next three years. Your support and encouragement
will mean more to them than you could possibly ever know. I would also like to thank
the faculty and staff for attending, including the White Coat Ceremony comprised of Risa Ricard, Janae Wagler, Marie Sanej, and Aaron Powell, in addition to Dr. Kiesel, the faculty advisor for the ceremony and Jennifer Simon in the back for everyone’s help and hard work to make this ceremony another success. So thank you all and
have a wonderful evening. (applause) (people chattering)