The Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions celebrated 50 years of excellence with a series of events in May headlined by the inaugural Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lecture.

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Marilyn R. Gossman Lecture, May 16
Anthony Delitto, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, recognized around the world for his accomplishments and contributions to the PT profession, was the inaugural speaker (read official announcement). His lecture, held in Volker Hall, Lecture Room A, was free and open to the public. The inaugural lectureship was sponosored by TherapySouth. Here is the full story: http://www.uab.edu/shp/home/shpnews/700-pt-50th


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This continuing education event was headlined by Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, interim-chair of the UAB Department of Physical Therapy. Her session was Saturday, May 17, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., in the School of Health Professions Building's Executive Learning Center, room 640. Here are the course details.

UAB PT 50th Anniversary Celebration, May 17
The weekend was capped off with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the UAB PT department. The event, held at The Club, located at 1 Robert S. Smith Drive in Birmingham, included founding members of the program, leaders from the PT profession around the Southeast, leaders from UAB, students and alumni from the UAB PT department, plus pictures, timelines and stories from the past five decades of PT excellence at UAB. If you missed the big event, or if you attended and would like to relive the moment, check out our UAB PT 50th Anniversary Flickr photo album.

Gossman Class BWMarilyn Gossman teaching at UABAbout the Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lectureship
At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, we believe the pursuit of knowledge does not end at graduation. Marilyn Gossman, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, was a physical therapist, educator, researcher, and influential leader who also held this belief. Marilyn joined the newly developed physical therapist educational program at UAB in 1967 and soon took over as chair of the program – a position she held for more than 30 years.

In 1998, Marilyn died of breast cancer; while she had accomplished so much, she had so much more to give. Her legacy lives on today through the hundreds of students and faculty members whose lives she touched. Her UAB family continues her legacy of excellence, education and innovation with the Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lectureship.

Gossman 004 wThe Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions respectfully requests your continued support to provide funding toward the endowed lectureship in memory of Gossman. Each year a renowned therapist, who has made profound contributions to the physical therapy profession, will be selected to give a lecture that is free and open to the public. In addition, the PT department will conduct events for UAB PT students, faculty, and alumni, as well as PT clinicians from across Alabama and the southeast to coincide with the Marilyn Gossman Lecture Series.

The series kicks off in 2014 – the 50th anniversary of the initiation of PT education at UAB. Anthony Delitto, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, recognized around the world for his accomplishments and contributions to the PT profession, is the inaugural speaker.

We ask that you please remember, as the endowment grows, so does the strength of our programming. The friends of Marilyn are asking you – along with everyone that was impacted by her or the physical therapy program she built at UAB – to make your own impact on the future of physical therapy and give a gift today to strengthen this ongoing lectureship.

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