St. Augustine, Florida—December 17, 2014—Brooke McIntosh, a sixth-term Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences was recently named director of communications of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) 2014–2015 Student Assembly Board of Directors.
During her tenure, McIntosh plans to increase communication between students and the profession at large, educate students about the benefits of membership, increase involvement in APTA and launch a campaign that shares the value of becoming a professional member after graduation. Additionally, she plans to use her role to educate the public about the skills, values and capabilities of physical therapists.
McIntosh said it was natural for her to pursue this leadership position. “At the University of St. Augustine, I’ve been a class representative, served on the board for the student PT association and I am a member of the student advocacy team. My involvement on campus sparked my leadership in my professional community,” she explains. “I see this new role as a gateway to advancing myself and the profession.”
Before being named to the Student Assembly Board of Directors, McIntosh has been involved in APTA committees and activities. In her new position, she plans to leverage the newsletter, social media and mass communications to inform, inspire and engage the physical therapy student community. “I want all physical therapy students to view APTA and its resources as valuable and essential,” she said.
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is a graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative quality classroom and distance education. Founded in 1979, the university has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Austin, Texas. It offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, education, health science and orthopaedic assistant, as well as residency, fellowship and continuing education programs. It is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 80 institutions in 29 countries and one of the most significant global higher education providers for health sciences. For more information, visit www.usa.edu.