For more than 50 years, UAB Physical Therapy has been dedicated to educating the best and brightest in the PT industry. And that includes being a preeminent destination for practitioners at all levels who need to fulfull Continuing Education requirements.

Health Focused Care Physical Therapy Practitioners 

Unhealthy lifestyles are the leading causes of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, cancer, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and chronic obstructive lung disease. Leading authorities recommend that all health care practitioners routinely and systematically address unhealthy lifestyle issues with their patients/clients.

Physical therapy practitioners are well positioned to provide HFC because of their educational background in health and exercise, their frequent and lengthy contact with patients/clients, and the trusting relationships developed in PT clinical care.

The HFC for PT course series - a three-part series based on practice model that was developed and validated by UAB PT researchers - will prepare PTs and PTAs to assist their patients/clients to adopt healthier lifestyles, achieve better PT outcomes, and optimize their health.

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Marilyn Gossman Endowed Lecture Series

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.

Each year, since 2014, a renowned therapist who has made profound contributions to the physical therapy profession is chosen to give a lecture that is free and open to the public. 

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