At a key transition point in their studies, occupational therapy students across all USAHS campuses participate in a meaningful ritual, witnessed by family and friends. The OT pinning ceremony marks the end of the classroom portion of their studies and the beginning of their fieldwork. For Residential MOT and OTD students, this happens in their fourth term, and for Flex, in the seventh term. A longstanding tradition in OT practice, the pin celebrates the diversity of practice areas, the client-centered nature of our practice and the values of our profession. “It’s an opportunity for faculty to acknowledge our students’ transition from classroom learning to clinical learning,” says Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, director of the entry-level OT programs on Read more
Dr. Luedtke-Hoffmann holds an MBA and PhD in Physical Therapy emphasizing Administration. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Luedtke-Hoffmann worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings in supervisory, management and administrative positions. Dr. Luedtke-Hoffmann has completed research and published on topics including leadership, administration, management and professionalism in physical therapy education, academic leadership and clinical management. In addition, she has been actively involved in the Section on Health Policy and Administration as a committee member, chair, and member of the Board of Directors for more than a decade. Dr. Luedtke-Hoffmann also served as the Treasurer for the Education Section of the APTA. Dr. Luedtke-Hoffmann also served the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Examiners as an item writer for the PT Examination and the Continuing Competency Assessment Tool, as well as completing a term on the Examination Development Committee. At the state level, Dr. Luedtke-Hoffmann a five-year appointment to the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.