Physical TherapyPublished on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Published on August 19, 2015 Students experience legislative action during capitol celebrationD.P.T. students take a break on the stairs at the state capitol.D.P.T. students attended Legislative Day at the Mississippi State Capitol in February. They visited with state legislators and learned about the legislative process.Giving presentations in Indianapolis are, from left, Graham, Fletcher and Burns.PT alums give Indy proposals D.P.T. students Currie Fletcher and Maggie Burns traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to present their research on the "Effect of Multifactorial Interventions on Fall Risk in Community Dwelling Adults: A Systematic Review" at the APTA's national Combined Sections Conference in February.SHRP Physical Therapy alumnus Emily Graham (P.T. '14) also traveled to Indianapolis for a poster presentation on the "Effectiveness of Virtual Reality on Pain during Treatment of Burns: A Systematic Review."CoulsonExperienced faculty join PT Program The Physical Therapy Department welcomed two new faculty members in the 2014-15 academic year.Sherry Colson, P.T., D.P.T., joined the faculty in June 2014 and is teaching in areas related to practice management and legal/ethical issues in physical therapy practice. WillisKimberly Willis, P.T., D.P.T., joined the faculty in November 2014 and is teaching content related to progressive neurological disorders and pelvic health. Each of these faculty bring years of clinical experience, professionalism and a passion for teaching the next generation of physical therapists to the department. D.P.T. students celebrate their victory with Dr. Fine Swine, Taste of the U mascot.D.P.T.s cop top Taste of the U prize D.P.T. students took first prize at the 25th annual Taste of the U competition in February.The class worked diligently to prepare delicious food and present a fun-filled atmosphere for the fund-raiser.D.P.T. Class of 2016 earn white coats D.P.T. students were recognized for completing their first full year of academic work at the annual White Coat ceremony in July 2014. The students are now prepared for clinical education assignments.PT faculty, students network on coast Faculty and students traveled to Biloxi in October to attend the annual MPTA Fall Conference at the Beau Rivage.Attendees had the opportunity to network with peers, gain new knowledge in areas related to orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy and hear a special presentation from the CEO of the American Physical Therapy Associate, Michael Bowers.Students support Jackson Free Clinic Students in the Physical Therapy Department continue to be actively involved in the Jackson Free Clinic, where they work alongside other UMMC students to provide professionally supervised care to the underserved community.PT offers nationally accredited residencies The Physical Therapy Department continues to offer two ABPTRFE-accredited residency programs.The Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program will welcome Eric Holland (D.P.T. '15) to begin the residency program this summer. Holland was extremely active during his time as a student in the Physical Therapy Program, serving as SHRP student body president and vice president of the D.P.T. class of 2015.The Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program will welcome Asha Anand to begin its residency this summer as well. Anand is a 2015 graduate of Emory University.About the programFor more information about the Physical Therapy program, visit umc.edu/shrp/ and select "Physical Therapy."