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Leveraging Education And Research iN Physical Therapy (LEARN PT) Lab

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The mission of the Leveraging Education And Research iN Physical Therapy (LEARN PT) lab is to promote excellence and collaboration to optimize physical therapy education.

Founded in 2018, the lab began with six faculty who joined forces to investigate and research education and learning in physical therapy. The lab team is dedicated to moving physical therapy educational research forward at the University of Kansas Medical Center and beyond.

The lab as a group is creating and evaluating a tool for longitudinal curricular and student assessment that spans both didactic and clinical learning environments. It is called the LEARN PT Rubric.

Each lab team member has a unique research agenda centered around educational research including topics like interprofessional education, simulation, humanities, grit and burnout, probono service, didactic and clinical integration, and clinical education outcomes and productivity.

Feel free to contact any of the lab members with questions.

Collaboration is welcome!

Meet the LEARN PT Lab Research Team

group photo of the lab team

Lab team members above (from left): Jason Rucker, Stacia Troshynski-Brown, Mildred Oligbo, Yvonne Colgrove, Scarlett Morris, and Stephen Jernigan.

View the researchers' bios:

Research Funding

PTRS pilot grant – $17,417
PI Steve Jernigan; Co-Investigators Yvonne Colgrove, Jason Rucker, Stacia Troshynski-Brown, Mildred Oligbo, Scarlett Morris
Funded 01/2019-12/2019
Major goal: To gather pilot data important for refining the LEARN PT Rubric and assessing its validity and reliability.

Last modified: Jan 12, 2021

Contact the lab

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Activities and Updates

The LEARN PT lab team received an Education Innovator Award from the Physical Therapy Learning Institute for its abstract/presentation titled "The LEARN PT Rubric: Student and ICE Preceptor Pilot Data." It was presented at the Education Leadership Conference in Bellevue, Wash. on October 19.

LEARN PT lab team members presented at the Innovation in Occupational and Physical Therapy Education Summit in Omaha, Neb., in June. 

Mildred Oligbo received the American Physical Therapy Association's Minority Faculty Development Scholarship Award during the association's annual conference in Chicago in June.

Read about these and more on the lab's activities page.