Two Doctor of Physical Therapy students identified a rehabilitation measurement that
had not been added to the Shirley Ryan Rehabilitation Measure Database.
Anna Dankewich (DPT ’21) graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus,
Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree. During college, her
passion for health and the desire to care for others in need were triggered, which
eventually led to pursuit of a career in physical therapy. As a collegiate softball
athlete for three years, she was able to pursue her Exercise Science degree while
being a community advocate for health and fitness. Now as she steps into her third
year of physical therapy school at PCOM Georgia, she has found confirmation that her true passion is to work
in the cardiopulmonary field. She plans on continuing her education within the cardiopulmonary
field after graduation in May of 2021 with the end goal to receive a certified specialist
degree in cardiopulmonary.
Jill Le (DPT ’21) graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2013 earning a Bachelor
of Exercise Science degree. During her time as an undergraduate, she gained experience
working with and serving in several different settings such as inpatient rehabilitation,
outpatient orthopedics, developmental pediatrics and vestibular therapy. She found
her calling working in cardiopulmonary and plans to further her education in this
field following graduation.
In as lay terms as possible, what are you studying?
The Perme ICU Mobility Score is an ICU-specific tool used to measure mobility status
of patients with decreased functional mobility frequently present during a critical
What prompted you to pursue research?
One of the key reasons we wanted to become physical therapists was because we knew
the resources for more educational opportunities would be endless. We were told on
day one of physical therapy school that we would be able to participate in research
to better prepare ourselves as future clinicians and expand our knowledge in the medical
field, which we both knew we wanted to be a part of. We were excited that we were
able to choose a research topic of our interest and looked forward to potentially
setting ourselves up for more opportunities with research in the future.
Please provide a synopsis of your research experience.
Our experience with this research was all-encompassing. We were thrilled to participate
in something personally new to us and step outside of our comfort zones to broaden
our educational experience while earning degrees in physical therapy school. We both
definitely had moments during this process where we were so thankful for our advisors,
especially our primary advisor, Alaina Bell, PT, DPT, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, with their guidance
and involvement so we could fully benefit from this experience.
Please provide a synopsis of your involvement and responsibilities in the research
For this research project, we were responsible for identifying a rehab measure that
had not already been added to the Shirley Ryan Rehabilitation Measure Database. After
we identified the Perme ICU Mobility Score as our measure, we then conducted secondary
analyses on already established research articles on the Perme. We assessed and extracted
the psychometric properties of this measure to better support its use in the clinical
Please describe the broader impact of your research.
We are hopeful our efforts with the research we conducted will continue to push others
outside of their comfort zones to expand their knowledge and encourage them to strive
for more. With the Perme published, we are hoping to bring more awareness about this
outcome measure and hope it will be utilized more often in different institutions.
We are proud and confident that our addition to the Rehabilitation Measure Database
will continue to assist other clinicians with ensuring the best outcomes and quality
of life for their patients.
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to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
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