Community Partners

Our Physical Therapy department enjoys special partnerships with three health care organizations in the local community, whose physical therapists, physicians and other practitioners provide substantial contributions to our program. These individuals combine to support the educational, clinical, and research pursuits of our students and faculty.

Maine Medical Center

The Departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy enjoy a robust interprofessional and interorganizational partnership with the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at Maine Medical Center.  

The primary focus of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department is on patient centered care for various populations, spanning neonatal through geriatric, inclusive orthopedic, neurological, cardiac, surgical, pulmonary, trauma, and renal.

In addition to extended clinical experiences for our physical therapy and occupational therapy students, the partnership includes multiple initiatives in the areas of interprofessional education that have been incorporated into the routine operations of the hospital and into specific courses in our physical therapy and occupational therapy programs. Examples include interprofessional patient care observations, interprofessional interviews as part of the initial patient encounter, and interprofessional teleteaching. You may learn more about these initiatives in the recently published article:

Sheldon MR, Cavanaugh JT, Croninger W, Osgood W, Robnett R, Siegle J, Simonsen L. (2012). Preparing Rehabilitation Healthcare Providers in the 21st century: Implementation of Interprofessional Education through an Academic-Clinical Site Partnership.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation 41: 269-75.


Medically Oriented Gym

Our faculty and students participate in Medically Oriented Gym (MOG) programs and research endeavors. MOG is an interprofessional community wellness facility bridges the gap between medicine and fitness. At the core of its philosophy lies the belief that maintaining orthopedic health is essential to sustainable exercise programs, hence the need for an interdisciplinary approach to exercise prescription.

The MOG specifically caters to people who need supervised medical support when they exercise, whether it’s the result of bilateral knee replacements, high blood pressure, or fibromyalgia. Customized exercise programs are supervised by licensed physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, kinesiologists, and strength and conditioning specialists.

The MOG also offers educational and small group exercise classes for individuals with various health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson disease, M.S., and obesity. It also works closely with corporate wellness programs, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, or anyone else interested in adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Listen to a Podcast.


OA Centers for Orthopaedics

The Sports Medicine Center of OA Centers for Orthopaedics provides on-field clinical support to area high school, college, and professional organizations, including the Portland Pirates, Portland Sea Dogs, Maine Red Claws, and Portland Ballet. They also serve as team sports medicine physicians for the U.S. Soccer Team. Some of the local colleges supported by OA Sports Medicine Center physicians and therapists include Bowdoin College, the University of Southern Maine, and UNE.

Through our partnership with OA Centers, physical therapy faculty and students collaborate with Thomas F. Murray, Jr., M.D., Sports Medicine Surgeon and Bernadette Shaw, PAC on research projects that focus on recovery after ACL rupture and reconstruction.

Clinical Ed