Radford DPT students step confidently into professional research
Radford Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students Kimberly McDow and Brooke Malloy made their first professional presentations at the annual conference of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in Greenville March 31-April 1.
McDow, a second year graduate student, was joined by first-year graduate student Malloy to present their research poster, titled "Implementation of cupping combined with exercise in a patient with low back pain: a case study." While networking with colleagues from South Carolina and Georgia, the pair also attended sessions that McDow said would make them more effective practitioners.
"During the conference, it was inspiring to see my colleagues' passion and motivation," said McDow, the recipient of a Graduate College Research Fellowship. "I had meaningful conversations about new research, theories, treatments and pathologies and their effect on health care norms and how we might treat patients."
For Malloy, the research and presentation experience extended the scope of her academic work.
"It was our first professional presentation and I was eager to get involved," said Malloy.