Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand is looking at establishing a rehabilitation center, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professors have been asked for guidance. Drs. David Levine, Professor and Walter M. Cline Chair of Excellence in Physical Therapy, and Jeremiah Tate, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, hosted five professors from Thailand in Chattanooga, taking them on a tour of the motion analysis laboratory and discussing best practices in physical therapy and rehabilitation science.
The Physical Therapy program at UTC has received several accolades recently.
The University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program (DPT) continues to gain recognition as graduating students recently secured a 100% pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). The department also continues to be involved in the community. Students participate in service learning events, including screening for those with Multiple sclerosis (MS), and an annual forum where current students connect with alumni, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants from Tennessee and North Georgia.
Additionally, Dr. Debbie Ingram, UC Foundation Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, will be named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow (FAPTA), “the highest honor among the American Physical Therapy Association’s membership categories.”
Levine, who was teaching a guest lecture in Japan, met one of the faculty members from Thailand. A partnership was formed between the two faculty members, and now the department in Thailand uses two textbooks written by Levine.
Kasetsart University, a top-ranked public university in Thailand was the first agricultural university and the third-oldest university in the country. The enrollment is more than 58,000 students, placing it among the largest universities in Thailand.
“We worked in our motion analysis laboratory, and discussed rehabilitation in general and what is needed in their program. They are starting from scratch so helping them build an evidence based curriculum to serve the needs of individuals in Thailand is of utmost importance,” Levine said.