News & Notes: Updated 07/10/2016
Program Excellence Sustained, BOC Streak Reaches 96!
All 13 members of the Athletic Training Class of 2016 extended the program's history of excellence by passing the national Board of Certification examination on the first attempt this spring, brining the streak 1st time pass success rate to 6 consecutive years, and 96 students in a row. Please congratulate Class of 2016 Athletic Training Majors, Siobhan Stack, Jennifer Zehner, Carrine Putnam, Sonia DelBusso, Tyler Keith, Jason Taylor, Miriam Rosenthal, Cory Hester, Molly Awiszus, Kira Jarrar, Caitlin O'Brien, Tara Condon and Abrianna D'Onofrio for becoming the 84th to 95th consecutive graduates of the program to pass their national boards on the first attempt! Our 96th success story deserves a bit of a footnote--IT Carlow Exchange Student, Paddy McEvoy spent the spring of 2015 studying and practicing with us here at IC, and he was the first Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist, Ireland student to sit for and pass the BOC in the fall of 2015, making him an honorary member of our Class of 2016 and our consecutive BOC Streak!
For 6 consecutive years, every single student that has graduated from Ithaca College's nationally renowned Athletic Training Education program in the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences has passed their national board examination on the first attempt. The national average for first time pass rate on this licensing exam over the last 6 years is less than 80%. Passing this exam entitles the bearer to use the "ATC", or Athletic Trainer, Certified credential and to apply for licensure in the state in which the intend to practice. Congrats to all students for their success and thanks to all program faculty, staff and clinical educators that were instrumental in making this achievement possible.
And, we bid adieu...
Once again, the academic cycle of life is upon us and we must say "goodbye" (for now) to another outstanding group of athletic training students who have toiled and matured over the course of 4 challenging years in our program! They held up their end of "the streak", brining our 1st time BOC pass rate to 96 in a row, over 6 years and are now all moving to bigger and better things as "ATCs"! Kudos and best of luck to all:
Molly Awiszuz, ATC will work for a year before starting her MS degree in exercise science/physiology at Boston University.
Tara Condon, ATC will attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to work on her MS degree in sports medicine/athletic training.
Sonia DelBusso, ATC will attend Utah State University to work on her MS degree in sports medicine/athletic training.
Abrianna D'Onofrio, ATC will attend Old Dominion University to work on her MS degree in sports medicine/athletic training.
Cory Hester, ATC will attend West Virginia University to work on her MS degree in sports medicine/athletic training.
Kira Jarrar, ATC will attend Touro University to work on her clinical doctorate in physical therapy.
Tyler Keith, ATC will attend the University of Virginia to work on his MS degree in sports medicine/athletic training.
Caitlin O'Brien, ATC will be an athletic training intern at the University of Hartford, in CT.
Carrine Putnam, ATC is looking for athletic training work in and around her home state of New Hampshire.
Miriam Rosenthal, ATC will attend the University of Indiana to work on her MS degree in sports medicine/athletic training.
Siobhan Stack, ATC will work in outdoor recreation this summer in Utah, before finding looking for professional work or continuing her education.
Jason Taylor, ATC will begin working in a clinic-high school outreach position this summer as an athletic trainer in his home town.
Jennifer Zehner, ATC will attend the University of Utah to work on her MS degree in sports medicine/athletic training.
Paddy McEvoy, ATC will come back to South Hill in August to work as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Ithaca College Department of Athletics and to earn his MS degree in Human Performance.
Bomber ATEP Has Large Presence at EATA Convention in Boston
January saw the annual meeting and symposium of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association held again, for the 68th time, this time in the great city of Boston, MA. Perhaps more than ever, the Bomber AT Program had a rather large footprint on the event. Senior and junior AT major, Abrianna D'Onofrio and Trevor Thompson received their 2015 NYSATA scholarships, Clinical Preceptor Susan A. Geisler, MS, PT, ATC won the Kent Scriber Recognition Award from the NYSATA for her work with state legislation and reimbursement for the profession, Senior AT major Tyler Keith (Sutton, MA) rallied from deep in the hole to place 3rd in the Annual Quiz Bowl, Senior AT Major Caitlin O'Brien (Carver, MA) won 2nd place in the Annual Taping Contest, 30 current undergraduate AT majors and at least a dozen young alumni were in attendance, 7 different student research projects were presented by 10 different students and mentored by 4 different AT faculty members, Dr. Paul R. Geisler presented his experimental research on clinical reasoning abilities of senior level professional AT students, 2 student poster presentations (Tyler Keith and Tara Condon) were award finalists, and Senior AT major Tara Condon (Tomkins Cove, NY) won the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Poster competition for her research project presentation she completed with classmates and under the direction of Dr. Patrick McKeon and Dr. Deb King (DESS).
Two Athletic Training Majors Receive State Scholarships
Class of 2016 Athletic Training Majors Abrianna D'Onofrio (Manchester, NH) and Class of 2017 member Trevor Thompson (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) were recently announced as NYSATA Scholarship Winners for 2015! Abe won the NYSATA Annual Scholarship, while Trevor was the inaugural winner of the brand new Paul DeMartinis scholarship, honoring the late Medco Executive who has long supported the NYSATA and the profession of AT, in general. Continuing the long line of state, regional and national scholarship winners in the Bomber AT Program, Abe and Trevor will receive their awards as the 68th EATA Annual Meeting and Symposium, in Boston, MA during the annual state meeting of the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association. Congratulations to both Abe and Trevor for their outstanding scholarship, professionalism and contributions to the program!
Drs. Jennifer and Patrick McKeon Attend at International Ankle Meeting in Dublin
In October, Dr. Jennifer McKeon and Dr. Patrick McKeon traveled across the pond to attend the 6th International Ankle Symposium, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Presented annually by the International Ankle Consortium, and this year co-supported by University College Dublin, Assistant Professor Jennifer McKeon presented "The Comparative Prognosis of Medial Ankle Sprains in High-risk Collegiate Sports", and husband and Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Clinical Education Patrick McKeon presented "Sensorimotor Deficits with Chronic Ankle Instability". Dr. P. McKeon also took a quick train ride to Carlow in order to check in on our 2 students studying at IT Carlow for the semester, as part of his duties as Clinical Education Coordinator.
Professors Awarded NYSATA Grant to Study Clinical Reasoning Skills in AT Students
In August, Associate Professor and Director, Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC and Clinical Education Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS, were awarded a $1,500 research grant from the NYSATA to study clinical reasoning abilities amongst senior undergraduate and entry level master's AT majors, and last year graduate students in post professional programs. Using a newly validated inventory of diagnostic thinking abilities, the Diagnostic Thinking Inventory in Athletic Training, Drs. Geisler and McKeon will work with Dr. Scott Heinerich of West Chester University (PA) and Dr. Taz Kicklighter of Lee University (TN) to survey undergraduate students from high performing AT programs and master's degree programs in order to begin to establish baseline scores across larger populations, and to assess any differences between level and type of education and experience. The research is the first large scale implementation of the DTI-AT and will hopefully lead to some initial insight as to what factors contribute to higher levels of clinical reasoning.
Faculty & Program Alumni Give Dr. Scriber Royal Send Off at NATA Convention in St. Louis
Over 50 program alums joined 7 current AT Faculty members and a dozen or so VIPs to honor the work of Dr. Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT at the annual alumni party during the 2015 NATA Meeting in St. Louis. The combination alumni party and retirement celebration at Mike Shannon's Steak House in St. Louis was held in a private room adorned with multiple baseball memorabilia and pieces of St. Louis sports history (fitting, eh?), and featured an open mic session for tributes, toasts and roasts, a "walk down memory lane" slideshow prepared by Clinical Assistant Professor, Sarah Piebes, MS, ATC, a special "personal letters and notes" bounded book prepared by Clinical Associate Professor, Courtney Gray, MS, ATC, and a sports memorabilia silent auction to raise money for the Kent Scriber AT Fund. Bomber Clinical Associate Professor Todd Lazenby, MS, ATC (San Francisco 49ers) and Bomber AT program Alums Nancy Patterson Flynn (Los Angeles Dodgers), Dan Adelman (Baltimore Ravens), Jon Lin (NY Giants), Bike Becker (NY Yankees), Pete Youngman (Sacramento Kings), Nicole Fava (UNC, Chapel Hill), and Emily Kiefer Flood (University of Florida) all generously gathered and donated signed sports items, team clothing and other collector's items for the auction to raise funds for the Scriber Fund which supports the AT program operations and development. By the end of the night, the generosity of those in attendance brought in just over $2,000 for the Scriber Fund--thanks to all who donated or purchased items, thanks to all who made the effort to attend and partake, and thanks to all who sent in stories for the book, pictures for the slideshow, and all who took the microphone! Most of all, thanks to Professor Scriber for all of his dedication, commitment and productivity in his 43 years as athletic trainer, educator, administrator, adviser, mentor and utmost professional. Best wishes for a healthy, happy and active retirement!
Once again, we bid Adieu...
Well, final exams, clinical rotations, projects and now the BOC exam have all been completed. Alas, its time once again to say a goodbye to our most recent graduating class of athletic training majors and to wish them luck in their next steps of life! In keeping with recent Bomber tradition, they are a smooth 16 for 16 on their first attempt BOC exams, making that 82 consecutive first time passers, and the program's 5th consecutive year with a 100% first time BOC pass rate! A hearty congratulations to the Bomber AT Class of 2015 for all you have accomplished thus far, and best of luck in your immediate and subsequent endeavors, we will miss you all:
- Jacob Mir, ATC will be attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to being work on his Master's degree
- Aliza Kamman, ATC will be attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to being work on her Master's degree
- Colby Locke, ATC will be attending the University of Indiana to being work on his Master's degree
- James Quist, ATC will be attending the University of Utah to being work on his Master's degree
- Brian Burns, ATC will be working as an Intern with the Syracuse Skychiefs minor league baseball club
- Meghan Goodheart, ATC will be will be an outreach AT with Integrated Rehabilitation in CT
- Casey Williamson, ATC will be an outreach AT with Integrated Rehabilitation and Windsor Locks HS in Suffield, CT
- Marie Dardano, ATC will be a Clinical AT at Gennesee Orthopedics in Utica, NY
- Tyler Lemmons, ATC is looking for a suitable AT job before starting his graduate education.
- Kyle MacKinnon, ATC will be a summer Fellow with the Korey Stringer Sports Science Institute, in Storrs, CT before moving on to a staff AT position at Northeastern University in Boston.
- Matthew Pinzka, ATC will be working as a Physician Extender/Medical Assistant with Coordinated Health, in Bethlehem, PA.
- Zachary VanNostrand, ATC will be a graduate assistant AT at Cornell University while he works on his MS at Ithaca College.
- Emma Lazarri, ATC is going to Hawaii and elsewhere to figure out what she wants to do next
- Lindsay Yates, ATC will be attending the University of Delaware in fall 2016 to work on her master's degree.
- Taylor Becker, ATC is working for Brownstone Physical Therapy as a Clinical Outreach AT in Rochester, NY.
- Joe Armeli, ATC (BS, Class of 2014) is entering his final professional phase of his DPT at Ithaca College.
Program Director and Associate Professor, Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC, Clinical Associate Professor Chris Hummel, MS, ATC and Clinical Assistant Professor Sarah Piebes, MS, ATC published a "Best Practice" manuscript in the Journal of Athletic Training Education in 2014 that was recently chosen as 2014 Outstanding Non-Research-Based Manuscript. Entitled "Evaluating Evidence-Informed Clinical Reasoning Proficiency in Oral Practical Examinations", the article introduces and summarizes the live, one on one examinations that the IC AT Education program developed to assess their students' clinical reasoning, knowledge of evidence based practice and clinical skills in scenario based formats for the Assessment of Athletic Injuries courses. Dr. Geisler will receive the award in June at the upcoming National Athletic Training Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in St. Louis, MO.
Program Very Active in 2015 Academic Research Symposium
On April 9th, 14 different Athletic Training majors participated in the 2015 James J. Whalen Academic Symposium at Ithaca College, presenting 17 different projects in oral or poster format for the campus community. Class of 2015 AT Majors Tyler Lemmons, Lindsay Yates, Colby Locke, Emma Lazzari, Kyle MacKinnon, Casey Williamson, Meaghan Goodheart, Aliza Kamman, Brian Burns, Matt Pinzka and Zach VanNostrand, and Class of 2016 AT Majors Tyler Keith, Tara Condon and Miriam Rosenthal all worked with faculty mentors to present case study and original research, and M. Goodheart, T. Condon and T. Keith all received recognition for Academic Research Award Winners for their efforts. In addition, Bomber AT Alums and present graduate students Jackie Boss, ATC and Adina Wagner, ATC, along with current AT Graduate Assistants, Braeleen Carney, ATC and Jessica Wood, ATC also presented their research projects at the symposium. Full titles and presentation formats can be seen here.
Annual Academic and Professional Award Winners for ATEP Named for 2015
Class of 2015 members Jacob Mir (Fabius, NY), James Quist (Amsterdam, NY) and Aliza Kamman (Lincoln, VT) were recognized by the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences and the Athletic Training Education Program recently as the winners of the 2015 academic and professional awards. Jake received the Athletic Training Excellence Award, and is headed to UNC, Chapel Hill next year to earn his master's degree in Athletic Training. Jim was awarded the Rodney Dusinberre Award and will head to the University of Utah to continue his studies in their master's in Athletic Training program. Lastly, Aliza was awarded the Mark Alderman award and will also be heading to UNC, Chapel Hill next year to earn her master's degree in Athletic Training. All 3 senior students will receive their awards at the 2015 School of Health Sciences & Human Performance Academic Awards Ceremony on May 15th. Congratulations to all!
Undergrad AT Major Wins National Scholarship
Aliza S. Kamman (Lincoln, VT) was recently notified that she has won an NATA Graduate Scholarship, the Sayers "Bud" Miller Scholarship, from the NATA's Research & Education Foundation for her outstanding performances in the classroom, the clinic and on campus. Aliza is another in a long, long line of Bomber scholarship winners from the NYSATA, EATA and NATA and will receive her award at this year's NATA conference in St. Louis, MO.
Program Alumnus & Professor Publish Manuscript in Sports Health
Kelly (McMullen) Adler, MS, ATC, Class of 2008 and Associate Professor & Program Director, Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC just had a manuscript published in Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach that is the culmination of extensive work with 3 orthopedic surgeons in Rochester, NY and Boston, MA. Part II: Current Concept in Rehabilitation After Hip Preservation Surgery is available now, online and will be in print later this year for those of you who subscribe.
The Bomber ATEP is particularly proud of the great work that Kelly is doing at University of Rochester Sports Medicine and the relationship she has built with the orthopedic surgeons and therapists there, in particular with Dr. Brian Giordano; she has represented our program and institution very well, and so too the field of AT by being the only “non MD” member of the URSM’s “Hip Preservation Team”.
Dr. Scriber Gives Distinguished Educator Keynote Presentation
Awarded in 2013, Dr. Scriber received the Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Executive Committee for Education to honor and recognize his myriad contributions and accomplishments in AT education and professional development. As part of that honor, Professor Scriber was invited to present a keynote address along with the 2014 winner of the same award at the 2015 Athletic Training Educators' Conference, held every other year and most recently in Dallas, TX. During his speech, Dr. Scriber thanked his past and present colleagues and students for their role in his career path and success, and highlighted 3 specific moments in his career that impacted how he worked, and what he felt was important for his work, and thus for the profession of athletic training. Dr. Scriber will be retiring from Ithaca College at the end of the current semester, so the timing of this award and opportunity to speak was special for him and the audience of over 500 athletic training educators.
Program Director Presents Talk at the University of Texas, Arlington
In conjunction with the 2015 Athletic Training Educators' Conference in Dallas, Associate Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC was invited to speak to the Athletic Training Education programs at the University of Texas, Arlington. UTA Director, Cindy Trowbridge, PhD, ATC invited Dr. Geisler to speak on clinical reasoning to the undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the faculty of both programs. Dr. Geisler presented an interactive workshop entitled, "Clinical Reasoning in Athletic Training: What, Why & How" to about 40 audience participants at the UT, Arlington AT Complex.
Alpha Eta Honor Society Inducts 2 More Bomber AT Personnel
Recently, 2 of our very own were inducted into the IC Chapter of the Alpha Eta Academic Honor Society, the National Honor Society for Allied Health Education. Senior AT Major, Jacob Mir and Associate Clinical Professor, Courtney Gray, MS, ATC were the latest AT members to become active members of the distinguished society that was started at IC in 2010. Join me in congratulating them! More info can be found by clicking here.
Bomber ATEP Puts on First Annual BOC Approved EBP CEU Course
On Saturday, January 24th, the IC Athletic Training Education Program organized and conducted its first ever Board of Certification course for approved Evidence Based Practice for approximately 70 current and past students and local athletic training professionals. Presented as part of the program's "Advanced Clinical Update Series", it was the first installment of BOC approved Evidence Based Education that is now required for all Certified Athletic Trainers. Steve Bartlinski, MS, ATC and Bomber AT Alum and now Head AT for the Stanford Cardinal football team won the award for the greatest distance travel, coming all the way from Palo Alto, CA to revisit South Hill for the conference and chance to reconnect and speak to current students and faculty. Drs. Patrick and Jennifer McKeon presented on the principles and practices of EBP, while Clinical Associate Professor Courtney Gray and Program Director Paul Geisler used that foundational knowledge to present 2 unique and evidence based case studies to the audience. Reviews were stellar for the program, and many have committed to the 2nd iteration of the program in 2016. It was also announced at the event that from here forth, the educational series will be called the Kent Scriber Advanced Clinical Update Series, in honor of program patriarch, Dr. Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, FNATA.
Student Scholarship Productivity Continues with EATA Presentations
At the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia recently, senior Athletic Training majors James Quist (Amsterdam, NY) and Jacob Mir (Fabius, NY) both presented their unique case studies in a poster format to over 1,300 attendees as part of the Association's Research Committee agenda. Under the tutelage of Clinical Associate Professor, Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Jim presented "Isolated Popliteus Strain in a Collegiate Football Player", while Jacob worked with Dr. Paul R. Geisler, ATC and Ed Kelly, MS, ATC (Cornell University) to present "Complex Ligamentous & Tendinous Damage of The Hand & Wrist in a Collegiate Football Player without Functional Impairment" to over 1,300 student and professional attendees at the Loews Hotel.
Senior AT Major Wins Kent Scriber EATA Scholarship
Kyle MacKinnon (Marlborough, MA), Class of '15 was the 2015 winner of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Kent Scriber Scholarship, given at the Annual EATA Conference and Clinical Symposium in Philadelphia, last month. Given in recognition of his outstanding scholarship and academic performance, the award honors Ithaca College's own Dr. Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, long time Professor of Athletic Training for his contributions and lasting impact on the field of athletic training and education. The 3rd year the award has been given, this marks the first time that a Bomber AT major has won the award! Congratulations Kyle!
The Bomber Athletic Training Education Program is extremely excited and proud to announce that we have officially signed an Exchange Agreement with the Institute for Technology, Carlow Ireland. Yep, you read that right...Ireland. Carlow is about an hour southeast of Dublin, and has an accredited Athletic Therapy Rehabilitation Bachelor's program and its graduates can sit for the Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist certification once they complete their extensive academic and clinical curriculum and program of study. In September of 2014, the BOC (USA), the CATA (Canada) and the ARTI (Ireland) coincidentally signed an International Mutual Recognition Agreement that now allows graduates from accredited programs in the 3 countries to sit for each others board exams, and if successful, practice in any of those 3 countries.
Under the terms of the IC/ITC exchange, a maximum of 2 students will 'exchange' places at the 2 institutions and be fully enrolled students and clinical practitioners. In January of 2015, 2 senior ITC SRAT majors will enroll at IC to study AT and practice clinically, the Bomber AT Way, and in the fall of the 2015, 2 IC AT majors will travel to Carlow to enroll and study at ITC for a semester. Because of the unique and natural fit, ITC will serve as an Approved Clinical Site for the Bomber ATEP, complete with all the trimmings as our students gain valuable clinical education experiences with Hurling, Gaelic Football and Rugby while experiencing an immersed life in Ireland for 3+ months. Class of 2016 AT Majors, Tara Condon and Miriam Rosenthal have been chosen to be the first IC representatives to take part in the exciting travel and study abroad program, and are excitedly making early plans to jump across the ocean for their senior fall semesters.
To our knowledge, this makes Ithaca College one of only a few undergraduate ATEPs in the nation to have an affiliated clinical site AND academic exchange program in Europe (perhaps anywhere outside the US), one that actually has an "athletic training" program of study and clinical education component similar to what we do in the US. The undergraduate program at the University of New Hampshire has such a program with ITC already, and the Entry Level master's program at Seton Hall University has the same with IT Carlow, but Ithaca College is believed to be one of just a handful of undergraduate programs in the nation to spread its wings in such a fashion. Be sure to check back in the spring semester to see how our 2 Irish Exchange students are doing, and again in the fall to see hour our own students are doing in Ireland, there's certainly more to come!