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UD Physical Therapy wins multiple awards at annual conference

The University of Dayton's Department of Physical Therapy was well-represented at the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) annual scientific conference last week in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Fifteen third-year students accompanied faculty members from the Department of Physical Therapy to attend the Combined Sections Meeting and presented 12 different research projects via either a poster, platform, or educational session. 

Four of these projects won top awards, two of which were student groups.

"This is phenomenal," said Mary Fisher, chair and program coordinator for the Department of Physical Therapy. "These students were competing with seasoned researchers.  This is what UD DPT is about: our faculty supports our students so they can Soar."

Students Camryn Yacks, Ceili Kacmarcik, Carly Archambeau and faculty member Joaquin Barrios won first place in the Foot and Ankle Poster category for their research on ankle joint mobility.

Students Laney Hulbert and Jessica Westerfield, with faculty members Betsy Donahoe-Fillmore and Mary Insana Fisher, won the award for Best Platform from the Academy of Pelvic Health for their research on using abdominal exercises to improve diastasis recti. 

Additionally, Mary Insana Fisher won Best Poster from APTA Oncology for her research on physical therapists' assessment of patients with cancer and was also on the research team that won the Gudas Manuscript of the Year Award for their published article in Rehabilitation Oncology journal on cancer-related fatigue.

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