Hi,I'm Dr. JOHN McCarthy, Dean of the College of Health Sciences and professions. Welcome to Ohio gateway day. I'm thrilled that you're considering making Ohio University, your home and interesting ch sp to help you become a health professional or specialist. We've got more than 40 different programs of study to choose from that will help you find your passion and identify the ways that you can help others as part of your chosen career path. Whether you're interested in becoming a dietician, social worker, physical therapist, athletic trainer, nurse, speech language pathologists, health services administrator, or any of the other amazing health professions or careers our college can prepare you for. All of our schools and departments have a shared mission of service and community engagement. The College of Health Sciences and professions is one of the largest health focus colleges in the country. And that means we have the facilities to match. We have a state of the art Test Kitchen, advanced motion capture labs, a Speech Language and Hearing Clinic and multiple clinical simulation spaces that put you right into the look and feel of a healthcare facility. Off campus. We have clinical partnerships throughout the region, state and country. Our students work with organizations like the Cleveland Clinic, Cincinnati Reds, Ohio Department of Health and more. We are broadly engaged with global health programs. And we have over 30 sections of American sign language courses to improve your communication skills and perspectives. Right here in Ohio. The current events across the world constantly remind us of the value and importance of the healthcare profession. out of it. What I see is our students rising to this challenge by helping in our community and gaining the skills to enter this challenging climate and truly make a difference. I'm thankful for our entire team every day. I love coming to campus, working with amazing people and seeing our students engaged in lots of hands on learning. We'd be proud to have you join us. Choosing a college is an important choice. And I'm sure you have a lot to consider. If you're choosing service and health. I don't think you can go wrong. I really do think you can get everything you'll need and more with us. We look forward to guiding and helping you learn about all the opportunities that await you within ch sp and Ohio.
Thanks to you, McCarthy. I couldn't agree more at the booth. The College of Health Sciences and professions in Ohio University are home to some fantastic opportunities and experiences that help our students on a pathway to long lasting personal and professional success. My name is Tommy Romani, and I'm a program manager within ch sps Department of Social and public health. Thanks for joining me as you spend the next 15 to 20 minutes taking a deep look at what makes Ohio's campus and our college so special. Just like the McCarthy said a large part of csps unmatched student experience offerings come from our world renowned faculty and our ability to provide exceptional student support. And these are just a couple of items that I want to make sure that we're able to discuss in more detail during our time together. Joining me today are Dr. Dustin grooms and associate professor in our division of physical therapy is Sarah white, our college's assistant dean for student success. Each of these individuals is new and across campus for numerous ways they positively impact the lives of our students. Dr. grooms research and teaching is altering the way we think about virtual reality and you sensory therapy to improve orthopedic injuries. Sara and her staff have trade academic and career advisors are analyzing the individual needs for undergraduate students at the completion of their academic majors, and helping to visualize our professional career plays beyond college, Dr. Groups. Tell us a little bit about yourself and the courses you currently teach.
My name is Dustin grooms. I'm Associate Professor in physical therapy here at Ohio University. And you'll probably see me if you major in exercise physiology athletic training, or our graduate program in physical therapy. I my background is in neuroscience and biomechanics. So a lot of my work is focused on research and specifically studying how your brain and your movement may change after you experience an injury.
Sarah, thanks again for joining us today. Tell us a little bit more about your role on campus and how it benefits the HSP students.
My name is Sarah Weitz. I am the Assistant Dean for student success in the College of Health Sciences and professions at Ohio University. So I am primarily responsible for interacting with students all throughout your experience at Ohio University. So I'm one of the people that you meet now when you're considering Ohio University and the College of Health Sciences and professions. Dr. grooms, what research and experimental opportunities are available to students within your area of expertise.
So my role at Howard University is primarily as a researcher. And so if you do come to Ohio University, you're not only going to see me in some of your courses that feature studying biomechanics and the neural control movement, but you also have opportunities to rotate through our human movement analysis lab. This lab feature state of the art technology where we use the same technology that they use in The Avengers and Avatar and Ninja Turtle movies. And instead we use it to quantify human movement. And we use that information to inform athletic trainers and physical therapists, and how they can prescribe new therapies to their patients to improve their outcomes. We also are very fortunate to be one of only three places in the whole state of Ohio that has access to a three t research grade MRI. This allows us to take very detailed recordings of the human brain under all sorts of conditions. And we have actually one of the first in the United States to pioneer using virtual reality in the MRI scanner. So now we can immerse our patients in all sorts of scenarios in real world environments through this technology and see how their brain is changing when they interact with the world. What kind of undergraduate programs are available within the division of physical therapy. So my primary appointment is in the physical therapy division. And this is a graduate program, it's now a doctoral degree. And if you come to Ohio University, we have several undergrad programs that allow you to get into our physical therapy program. Once starting in the program, you'll get a broad overview of musculoskeletal orthopedic and neurologic injuries, most importantly, how you can rehabilitate them and see your patients go from an injured state all the way back to returning to their daily life and enjoying their recreational activities.
What opportunities are available to a student after they graduated from Ohio with a degree in physical therapy?
So after graduating from the physical therapy program, you can really work in any healthcare field. So physical therapists are seen in acute care in hospitals and even in emergency departments, orthopedic outpatient clinics, sports, medicine and rehabilitation. So really, you can have all manner of healthcare settings where you can work in your primary responsibility is to help a patient recover the ability to move and interact with their world. So this really probably no more satisfying part of the healthcare system. A lot of clinicians get to just come in you diagnose the patient, but it's the therapist that's really there day in day out and sees their daily progression all the way back to they eventually leave your care.
Doctor groups, we both knew that clinical placement opportunities play an important role in the overall student experience here at ch sp. Can you tell us a little bit about the kinds of clinical placements available in physical therapy?
So the physical therapy program we're very lucky to have hundreds of placements all across the country for your third year clinical rotations, so any specialty you could possibly be interested in? The Ohio University has a placement for you. In your opinion, Dr. grooms,
What sets Ohio University apart from other schools in terms of postgraduate opportunities it can make available is there something that gives our students that necessary
edge to succeed one of them that gives our physical therapy students an edge when they come out of the programs that we have a lot of research opportunities. We have a full 3d biomechanically instrumented gait lab. So our cross country and our athletic teams come through this lab and they get their gait biomechanics or how they move profiled. And then we're able to engage in interventions to try to improve their performance but also decrease their injury risk.
What can students expect from the faculty in our physical therapy program.
Another big advantage of coming to the physical therapy program is that our faculty get to engage with you on a one on one basis. And you don't get instructed through a teaching assistants or other grad students. You can see your faculty, your faculty in the classroom, you'll see him in the clinical lab, you'll see him working at the hospital, and then you'll see him in the research labs. And I really think that's one thing that Ohio University provides that a lot of universities may struggle with, because they tend to have faculty that specialize entirely only in research only in education. Whereas here we have premier faculty that excel in all aspects. We don't have faculty that you'll just never see, and that are only in their lab so that we really take a lot of pride in engaging our students in all aspects of the educational process, not only in the classroom, but also in the research setting. And in the clinical setting.
Sarah, an important part of student success involves opportunities for regular academic advising check ins, what can a student and si HSP expect to experience on this front?
So in the College of Health Sciences and professions, we abide by what's called a professional advising model. So we have a team of professional academic advisors. So professional academic advisors are individuals that work and advise students all year long, every day year round. So they're there to answer any question that you have about your major about classes about when you should take classes and in what order how to be successful about your classes. So you have a touch point, right from the jump of your education with your professional academic advisor.
I understand this hsps faculty also play an important role in the advising process. Tell us a little bit more about that.
So as you transition through your education, we then transition you to a faculty academic advisor. So a faculty advisor is someone that is a professor in your academic major. So after you transition from your professional advisor, you have an ever even closer relationship with a faculty member is your academic advisor.
What about students who are interested in career development? Does the college have anything available to help them
We also provide a career and leadership development support services and our Student Services office so we have an individual who works for students specifically In the College of Health Sciences and professions, to help you look for internships, help you look for summer jobs, help you work on your interviewing skills, she'll do mock interviews with you, whether that's a phone interview, a zoom interview, a group interview, she'll help you write your resume. She'll help you write your cover letter, and she'll also help you work on your leadership skill. And we're here to help with that.
Dr. groom's one of the anecdotal things I hear every now and then is the belief that the bigger University is, the more opportunities it has for students. What do you think about that?
So some people may think of Ohio University is a smaller University, or just because we're not in a big metropolitan area, and may think you may not have a lot of the opportunities that a larger university could provide for you. But within the College of Health Sciences and professions, we have resources that rival much, much larger institutions. Like I mentioned, a lot of our research labs have state of the art technology that as good or better as much larger institutions. And so not only do you get the opportunities and exposure to this equipment, but you get it in a much more intimate setting. So we're sort of in this great place where we have the best of both worlds we have the small college field and small town feel that we have the capabilities of a massive research institution that really makes our university unique.
Wow, that's great. Dustin, would you mind walking us through a specific example of what makes her unique in this area.
So specifically in our lab that we collaborate a lot with exercise physiology, athletic training and physical therapy and our College of Medicine. We've been very successful in getting Department of Defense and National Institute of Health funding to better understand how the brain changes after injury, a lot of overseeing from injury is that your brain rewires or changes how it generates movement. Normally, when you're in a healthy state, you have a sense called proprioception and it allows you to know where your joints are in space without seeing them. This sense is damaged after injury. And a lot of our work from the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Health is done to better understand this proprioceptive sense and how the brain changes and then how movement changes, particularly the Department of Defense funded a series of studies that we use our ROTC cadets, as well as our local sports teams to better understand how they move under different tactical scenarios after these injuries. And the hope is that will prevent our servicemembers from experiencing greater casualties in the field and accelerate their recovery from these injuries. And I just think it's a really amazing opportunity here at this university that you get to be a part of this sort of research we take on several students every year. And they get to experience really the cutting edge of medicine. And I think just think it's amazing opportunity.
Sarah, it sounds like high University and the college offer a lot of academic opportunities for students. But what about those three little words that can often make or break a student's future? I'm talking about real world experience, are we able to help with that too,
one of the greatest things about the College of Health Sciences and professions with all of our undergraduate majors, every single major has some real world experience built into it. So all of our majors are either required to complete clinical rotations, practicum, experiences, internships, field experiences, pre professional service, all of our majors have some real world component built into it. So you have this opportunity to take all of this education, that you're learning from your professors, what you're learning in the classroom, what you're learning in the laboratories, and you take all of this knowledge, and all of those skills, and you actually get to put it into practice before you've even graduated. So it gives you this opportunity to take everything that you've learned all throughout these years and put it into practice and see it for yourself. So that is really important. That's one of the most important things that we can give you as part of your education is that you have a chance to see how it plays out in the real world before you before you complete your education. Thanks, Sarah. Dr. groose.
What's one of the questions you get asked most frequently by students who are thinking about making Ohio University, their forever school?
So one question I do get a lot asked when students prospective students are coming to the College of Health Sciences, how do I get involved in some of the cutting edge research with a faculty member? And one thing I think that's great about this university in this college is all the faculty have found to be extremely approachable. So everyone from our grad students that are just starting their journey all the way to our senior Dean's and for professors. Everyone has a very approachable and so what I would encourage you to do is simply to look them up. And if what they do sounds interesting to you to email them and I'm sure they'll be very happy to take you on and have you a part of their lab.
Sarah, I'll pose the same question to you. Your thoughts.
One of the questions that I'm often asked by our brand new bobcats is how do I maximize my education? How do I make the most out of the time that I'm spending here at Ohio University, and I think there are So many ways that you can do that the first thing that I think you can do is getting involved with the university community. And there's a lot of opportunities to do that with student organizations. For example, we have the peer mentor program, we have the Student Advisory Council, like the exercise physiology club, the future healthcare administrators of America, the BSN organization for nursing students. So that's something that you can do right away at the very beginning of your education by getting involved in student organizations.
Now, believe it or not, most of our faculty staff enjoy having a little bit of fun outside of the office, a classroom, and our campus and community definitely has something for everyone to enjoy. Dr. Groups, tell us about some of the fun things you enjoy doing around Athens when you're not working.
So one thing that I really got into this summer was mountain biking. And that's because the Bailey's trail system, just a few minutes outside of town, had a professional mountain biking company come in, and they built miles and miles of these trails all through the valley. And it was just a spectacular experience. I tried to go out there anytime I got a chance People come from all over the state and even surrounding states just to come visit this trail system. So we're really lucky to have some some of the best outdoor recreation you can have in the region.
That sounds amazing. I might have checked that out for myself. What about on campus, any favorite spots there.
So certainly my favorite campus spot is probably in my office or research lab. But there are a few really nice places I really like the top floor of the library, it has a great view. If you ever need to study or read or just go for a walk, it's a great place to go up to. Also on campus, the ridges, which is right across the river from our campus has a lot of great hiking, and it's a really good place to wander and think or just blow off some steam.
Anyone who's been to Ohio University knows that the Athens community plays a huge role and what makes this place so special, is there anything that sticks out to you about living and working in this area.
So my favorite part about living in Athens is we're very lucky, even though we have the small town feel we have this very tight knit community and we're all in this together is that the university brings a lot of great opportunities, not only for education, but also for recreation, and entertainment. So it's not uncommon to have Broadway shows come through the town and have art galleries opportunities and comedy shows that otherwise just wouldn't be available to a town this size. So you get this advantage of being the small town in this together feel but also have a lot of the amenities that much larger city would have.
Alright, I know our time is coming to a close, and I thought we could play a quick game of fill in the blank. Before we wrap up, Dr. Groups help us fill in the blank, Ohio University offers blank for students.
For me, my word for what high University offers would be an unmatched experience. And the reason why I say that is we're in a very special place. We're in this beautiful picture s Ohio Valley, in this beautiful small college town. And so you get all this intimate setting, and you get the hands on educational experience that you would expect of a smaller institution. On the flip side of that we have cutting edge research facilities and just amazing opportunities that can take you anywhere you want to go on the world with international travel, we have unmatched experience, because we have all the intimacy of a smaller institution with all the resources of ones that are much larger than us. So I would say Ohio University is just a perfect place to be.
Dustin is Sarah. Thanks so much for joining us today is sharing a little bit more about the roles you play on campus, and the impact you're making on the lives of our students. Dustin and Sarah stories are only part of what makes Ohio University and our health focus college such a special place. We can't wait for you to decide to call it home and experience everything it has to offer. Like Dean McCarthy mentioned earlier, choosing a college is an important choice. And there's a lot to consider. However, if you're choosing service and health, we don't think you can go wrong with the HSP. But don't just take our word for it. Take a moment to hear it from one of our current students who not too long ago, was in the same position as you and asking many of the same questions. Meet Justin Mickey, a ch sp student majoring in nutrition sciences. We've invited Jessie to share her Ohio story and talk a little bit about what she was thinking of feeling as she worked to make her college decision.
Hi, my name is Justin Mickey. I'm a sophomore nutrition science major. So I've actually known about Ohio University for quite a while. Ohio University Tila coffee is right in my backyard. And my mother actually graduated from there. So this wasn't an unfamiliar place to me. You're walking on campus for the first time, it was a little bit overwhelming. I'm not gonna lie. I mean, it's so beautiful. And it's not the biggest college but it's also not the smallest. It really does open up a lot of opportunity for you to meet new people every day. But still, you can run into your friends once once in a while, which is a really great thing that I loved about this campus. If you really just need to get away and you need to relax. We have lots of opportunities to do that. And down on Court Street. There's also a lot of awesome things you can do. Like I said, you can go eat and win in different places. And if you'd like to shop they have a lot of thrift shops and a lot of really cool stores that you can't find anywhere else that are local to Athens, Athens, Ohio has the best indian place that I've ever had in my life view. Enjoy Indian cuisine They have the most amazing star of India. That is on the line.
There's also strads run. So it's a beautiful park, there's a lake in the summertime, I know that you can rent canoes, there's a beautiful beach, go listen to music with your friends on campus, there's a lot of coffee shops. That's my personal favorite coffee keeps me going throughout the day. So when I first came here, as a freshman, I was put into a learning community. And it's just a group of people that are the same or similar major. And it allows you to really build a network of friends and anybody you can rely on. If you have trouble with classes or any other problems you may face. And when COVID hit sadly, second semester of my freshman year, I still had those networks I had those people to build off of the advisors here are really amazing. They'll really help you reach out to you. If you're having trouble with your major or anything outside of your major if you want to change it if you're just not sure what you want to do on campus for a career, or just what student works to join coming here from my freshman orientation. Actually, I am not in the major that I am now, the day of orientation, I actually changed it. And the advisors in this building really helped me to do that it was very quick transition. They were really awesome about it. And now I'm currently in the major nutrition science and I stayed that major during my freshman year, I joined a lot of organizations here on campus, I joined nutrition nutrition club, I also joined Student Alumni Board, which is way outside of my major, but it's still something that anybody from any major can join. They have lots of organizations like that as well here. And then I also joined, if you're looking for the multicultural piece, I they had a women's cohort that I was allowed to come into. And they allowed us to really talk about multicultural issues here on campus that you felt that you needed to address as a multicultural student. So after I joined these organizations, I really had a great foundation for networking between all kinds of people on campus, I made amazing friends, I built these great bonds with people that I could talk to not only about my major and about my professional career, but just personal things. Because it can be a hard time on campus, you know, it's new, it's fresh, and it can be scary. But having these people around is a really great way to help you feel a lot better going throughout your college career. So with my nutrition science major, I actually plan on going to PA school, which is physician assistant school. So through my major it is just the pathway major meaning I could go to medical school, I go to PT School, which is physical therapy, I go to pa which is my goal. And I know that can be really scary because there is not a specific major for PA school or for PT school. But the advisors here are really great about directing where you need to go. Beginning of your freshman year you meet with them all the time to schedule your classes, and to really set up that great foundation to go further in your education. During freshman year, when I met the most amazing nutrition teacher and Deborah Murray, she if you are a nutrition science major or Applied Nutrition, or even if you're just any major that has to take nutrition, you will have her she's an awesome spunky lady like many of the other professors in this school. She really opened up doors for me, she helped me to get into nutrition club. And she's really anybody that you can go to whether it's about her class specifically, or anything personal, she's very open about that. So through nutrition club, we would go and we would volunteer at the local gardens here, we would go sometimes we would go out and just eat good food because hey, I mean, that's what nutrition is all about. Right. And I just met a great network through that. They also helped set up a lot of volunteer opportunities. So even if you're not nutrition major, you can still join the club. And you can still get volunteer opportunities if you need hours, or specifically through your major for nursing or for pre pa like I am, you can volunteer in nursing homes and help them figure out what meals they're going to eat stuff like that. That's just really awesome. And like I said, if you're not an interesting science major, these are still really awesome things really awesome career building, or resume building skills. So after I graduated from Ohio University in my undergrad, I plan on attending Ohio University Dublin, they have a PA program if PT programs. I University honestly just offers all kinds of things through your undergraduate major to even your higher education. When you step on campus, you're immediately going to feel at home. I know that a lot of people say that about a lot of universities but just the size of this campus and the atmosphere and all the people here really do make you want to stay and never leave and you're going to hear that a lot when you get here. And they're not kidding. I can't wait to make Athens my permanent home because i'd love it so much here.