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.


OA Centers for Orthopaedics a Division of Spectrum Medical Group

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 for Orthopaedics, our physical therapy students are educated by physicians with specialized training in orthopaedic surgeries and sports rehabilitation. A data use agreement facilitates ongoing research opportunities to improve outcomes after rehabilitation. Physical therapy faculty and students collaborate with Thomas F. Murray, Jr., M.D., Medical Director for OA Centers for Orthopaedics a division of Spectrum Medical Group and Sports Medicine Surgeon and Bernadette Shaw, PAC on research projects that focus on recovery after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture and reconstruction. Physical therapy faculty and students also collaborate with Matt Somma, DPT, Senior Physical Therapist Manager and UNE graduate to track physical therapy outcomes in patients with low back pain and patients who have ruptured their ACL and undergone ACL reconstruction. 

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