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Community Involvement

We believe in active learning, not only training the healthcare professionals of tomorrow in their specialties, but training them in the communities where they will someday practice. That's why the College is deeply involved in its surrounding communities, holding clinics for the impoverished and underserved, mentoring middle- and high-school students, as well as their teachers, and working with the disabled. 

Race for Rehab

The Race for Rehab is an annual 5K run held on the NYMC campus each October. The festive event—which also features student-led warm-ups and a post-race awards ceremony—debuted in 1999 and is hosted by Doctor of Physical Therapy students from the School of Health Sciences and Practice. Proceeds from the race benefit Achilles International, a not-for-profit organization which provides a community of support to athletes with disabilities, using sports as a tool to offer hope, inspiration and the joy of achievement. 

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The Doctoral Project: An Opportunity for Professional Specialization

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at New York Medical College is a clinical doctorate. As such, students are expected to carry out a culminating doctoral project. Students may choose to work on a clinical research project, may choose to complete a public health project, or may take part in a mentored teaching practicum. The model for the doctoral project process is one of apprenticeship and mentorship. In the spring of the first year, students are provided a list of doctoral project offerings by School of Health Sciences and Practice faculty. In some cases, external clinical faculty may co-advise. Students work in small teams of students, submit a group generated Doctoral manuscript, and present their work in a poster or platform format at our Doctor Of Physical Therapy Doctoral Project Presentation Day in the last semester of study.

The type of Doctoral Project the student carries out will fall into one of three areas: Clinical Research, Education, or Public Health Service. For some projects, the primary information and activity will be a clinical research question that involves the collection and analysis of primary data. For others, the activity and outcomes analyzed will focus on the educational experience of a mentored teaching practicum. A third potential area is the identification of a public health issue and the generation of a program or mechanism for addressing that issue. Activities in this domain may include the gathering of data associated with a public health issue; the development of an educational program to address a public health issue, activities carried out in collaboration with a public health organization or public institution, or the analysis of national data sets or previously collected data. The expectation is for the eventual publication and/or presentation of many of these projects in a professional forum.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Community Service Project

Beginning in the Spring semester of the first year and running through the Fall semester of year two, students work in small groups to plan and carry out a community service project. Each project is one in which students provide a physical therapy related service that attempts to meet a need within the community. Students make contact with a community agency or organization, and, in collaboration with that agency, identify a need, develop a formal proposal for a program, provide necessary instruction and follow-up, and evaluate their results. They write up a summary of their project, and at the end of the Fall semester, they present the project to the college community in a poster format.

This project is included in the physical therapy curriculum to help students to develop the skills required to initiate, plan, and participate in community service activities. This task is also consistent with the charter of New York Medical College, which includes the goal of 'serving the underserved'. The purpose of this project is for students to develop skills and demonstrate their commitment to the professional goal of community service through a meaningful experience.

Learn more about other NYMC community involvement opportunities outside of SHSP »