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RUSK Insights on Rehabilitation Medicine

RUSK Insights on Rehabilitation Medicine is a top podcast featuring interviews with faculty and staff of RUSK Rehabilitation as well as leaders from other rehabilitation programs around the country. These podcasts are being offered by RUSK, one of the top rehabilitation centers in the world. Your host for these interviews is Dr. Tom Elwood. He will take you behind the scenes to look at what is transpiring in the exciting world of rehabilitation research and clinical services through the eyes of those involved in making dynamic breakthroughs in health care.
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Jul 26, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Early Rehabilitation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Project

Please excuse any quality issues during this live presentation. 

Jodi Herbsman is the Program Manager of Acute Care Therapy Services at Rusk Rehabilitation NYU Langone Medical Center where she manages the daily operations of Physical and Occupational therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Psychology servicesHer position entails providing support, guidance, and supervision to acute care managers and assisting them with management of operational issues as needed. She also has responsibility for managing Productivity/Statistics in coordination with Clinical Directors. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Michigan. Her master’s degree in physical therapy is from New York Medical College and she obtained a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Scranton.

Jul 19, 2017
Dr. Catherine Atkins is Supervisor of Psychology for the inpatient acute rehabilitation unit at Rusk. She is responsible for supervising staff and psychology interns on the unit. She also is responsible for administrative tasks, including but not limited to attending multiple interdisciplinary meetings, serving on committees to improve excellence with regard to patient care as well as education for staff, and ongoing scrutiny of documentation to ensure compliance with hospital and national supervisory agencies. Work on the unit involves performing clinical interviews as well as neurobehavioral evaluations which serve to enlighten the patient, family and team professionals regarding the individual’s issues relative to adjustment to disability as well as current level of functioning. Her PhD in clinical psychology is from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In this two part interview, topics include instruments available to diagnose various mental health problems, the use of metaphors by patients and a psychologist to discuss symptoms/threatening diagnoses/treatment, the role of psychology in dealing with professional compassion fatigue/burnout, and key psychology research topics in rehabilitation. 
Jul 12, 2017
Dr. Catherine Atkins is Supervisor of Psychology for the inpatient acute rehabilitation unit at Rusk. She is responsible for supervising staff and psychology interns on the unit. She also is responsible for administrative tasks, including but not limited to attending multiple interdisciplinary meetings, serving on committees to improve excellence with regard to patient care as well as education for staff, and ongoing scrutiny of documentation to ensure compliance with hospital and national supervisory agencies. Work on the unit involves performing clinical interviews as well as neurobehavioral evaluations which serve to enlighten the patient, family and team professionals regarding the individual’s issues relative to adjustment to disability as well as current level of functioning. Her PhD in clinical psychology is from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In this two part interview, topics include instruments available to diagnose various mental health problems, the use of metaphors by patients and a psychologist to discuss symptoms/threatening diagnoses/treatment, the role of psychology in dealing with professional compassion fatigue/burnout, and key psychology research topics in rehabilitation. 
Jul 5, 2017

This interview was done with Dr. Cara Weiss and Christina Marino. Dr. Weiss works as a physical therapy supervisor on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. She has worked as an acute care therapist in the outpatient department before returning as a therapist for inpatient rehabilitation. She has a strong interest in working with the limb loss patient population. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Simmons College where she obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Christina Marino is an occupational therapist who works on that same unit, which is known as HCC9. She has worked in a variety of settings, including Rusk and Tisch Hospital acute care service. She has been treating limb loss patients throughout her career. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Scranton.

In the interview, they discuss limb loss from the standpoint of topics that include: kinds of health problems that result in limb loss, the roles of physical therapy and occupational therapy in treating patients who have lost limbs, different consequences of experiencing upper- and lower limb loss, patient resilience and willingness to participate in rehabilitation, and measures to assess activity performance when prostheses are used.

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