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Students meet Alumnus at US Air Force Academy

  • Since the summer of 2007, the UMES Department of Physical Therapy has been honored to have one or two Doctor of Physical Therapy students invited each year for full-time Clinical Internship experiences with the Physical Therapy unit of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  During their 10-week internships, the DPT students have been engaged in direct hands-on-care for the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadets and for other military personnel and their families.  During their training with the Cadets Basic Training activities and with the Community Physical Therapy Clinic, UMES DPT students have received focused instruction in direct access skills including examination and differential diagnostic procedures as well as utilization of imaging for clinical decision-making.     

    This August, 3rd year DPT students, Alex Georgiou and Corey Hall, completed their final affiliation at the USAFA.   The students worked under the outstanding supervision and direction of Captain Cody Butler, PT, DPT, CSCS. While at the USAFA, the students interacted with Lt. Col. John C. McGee, PT, PhD, an alumnus of the UMES Physical Therapy Program.  Lt. Col. McGee is conducting research at the USAFA.

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    Alex & Corey with Lt. Col. Magee (UMES '98) Corey & Alex with Capt. Butler (Clinical Instructor)


    "My experience at USAFA has been one that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else. I was able to treat and diagnose acute sports injuries during basic cadet training both in the clinic and out in the field. It has developed my ability to triage and built upon skill sets I wouldn't have as much access to use in the civilian world, such as pharmacology and radiology. The great learning experience was complemented by talented and caring military members at USAFA who would do anything to help me learn. I was able to shadow and gain mentor ship from multiple departments with some of the leaders in their field. Overall it was an experience that allowed me to become more independent and sharpen my critical thinking skills. Now that my affiliation is ending I feel confident entering the physical therapy profession, and will be able to apply all I have learned at USAFA to my future patients." ~ Alex