3 University of St. Augustine Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Published in Academic Journal, Gerinotes

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The students were published in the journal of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

These three students in our Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy program on our San Marcos, California, campus have shown the academic curiosity and drive that we know our students possess.

Three students from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy program in California were recently published in Gerinotes, the journal of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Yvonne Huang, Michael Traficante and Kayleigh Marsolini each contributed articles on recent technological advances in geriatric care.

  •     Yvonne Huang of Wakeville, Rhode Island, researched the development of robotic technology, and its use in caring for the elderly. She analyzed various evolutions of patient-assisting robots, from Asia to the United States, and how their use has improved the safety and quality of life of elderly patients utilizing this rapidly changing technology.
  •     Michael Traficante of Irvine, California, contributed an article on the increasing use of webcams by the children of elderly parents to bridge the gap between completely independent in-home living and assisted living facilities. According to Traficante, research and data show that webcams are providing an opportunity to virtually monitor in-home activities which enable independence and also provide supervision.
  •     Kayleigh Marsolini of San Diego, California, wrote about the emergence of electronically managed medication systems, which can help with prescription compliance among the elderly. Due to the large number of prescriptions many geriatric patients take on a regular basis, combined with confusion over dosages and times, electronically managed medication systems can help prevent accidental overdoses and missed prescriptions.

“These three students in our Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy program on our San Marcos, California, campus have shown the academic curiosity and drive that we know our students possess. I am proud that Huang, Traficante and Marsolini have contributed to the important discussion of physical therapy best practices and optimal aging through technology, with the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy,” said Cherie Peters-Brinkerhoff, PT, EdD, MPT, MHA, assistant director of the Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy program in California.

Combining distance education and weekend labs, the University of St. Augustine’s Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy program’s mission is to graduate competent, versatile, reflective, empathetic and autonomous practitioners who by virtue of their critical thinking and active learning skills, clinical experience, diagnostic proficiency, ethical and behavioral standards and commitment to professionalism, will be prepared to assist and direct the patient or client in achieving optimum function.

About The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USA) is a graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative quality classroom and distance education. Founded in 1979, USA has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Austin, Texas. USA offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, education and health science, as well as continuing education programs. For more information, visit http://www.usa.edu. USA is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 80 institutions in 28 countries and one of the most significant global higher education providers for health sciences. For more information, visit http://www.laureate.net.

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