This year makes my fifteenth year as a faculty member at the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy. With our occupational therapy colleagues, both the Krannert School of Physical Therapy and School of Occupational Therapy are combined into a well-structured College of Health Sciences. I have had the unique opportunity to teach in both the entry-level occupational and physical therapy programs and in the postprofessional Master of Health Science and doctoral programs.
I think the College of Health Sciences has emerging and dynamic educational programs in which faculty and students work collaboratively. I am amazed at the number of publications, presentations, and service contributions generated from both faculty and students. For example, I have had the opportunity to advise research on back pain, lymphedema, knee injury, rehabilitation science, clinical education, and many more. Our Doctor of Health Science in the postprofessional program has developed scholars for advanced practice in which many have assumed roles as faculty in the health professions. I am grateful to be a part of this institution which prepares graduates to make a difference.
I would also like to mention the presence of our international students in the postprofessional program. These students have enriched my life and the culture of the University of Indianapolis. Their contributions to the University, College of Health Sciences, and as practicing therapists are significant. Students and faculty gather in our homes and at on-campus events for sharing and celebration. I am so grateful for their collegiality, broadening of my world view, and contributions as practicing therapists.
I obviously have bias about the University of Indianapolis. What do you think is important in health profession education?
Clyde Killian, PT, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Indianapolis