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In Memoriam Dr. Helen Hislop, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Health Care Community Mourns Loss of Visionary Physical Therapist, Dr. Helen Hislop, PT, PhD, FAPTA
It is with great sadness that I report the loss of Dr. Helen Hislop, PT, PhD, FAPTA, an important member of the physical therapy community, who passed on Friday, Nov. 15. Dr. Hislop was a visionary and an industry leader, whose service and dedication provided essential direction in growing the physical therapy profession to what it is today.
Please take a moment to read the memorial of Dr. Hislop and some of her impressive accomplishments written below by her dear friend and colleague, Dr. Steven Wolf, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA. Note the 1975 McMillan Lecture referred to in his comments can be read by clicking here.
Friends and Colleagues:
With profound sadness and a personal sense of loss, I write to inform you that Helen Hislop passed away on Friday. Helen's vision for our profession was rivaled by her remarkable prose, perhaps expressed most poignantly in her 1975 Mary McMillan lecture, "The Not So Impossible Dream" in which she so articulately expressed her insights for our future. Her brilliance cast a beacon of light onto a sea of opportunity that has only become realized within the past decade. She played an integral role in PTAG's national program on Clinical Decision Making (September 1982) which, in my very biased opinion, heralded the initial recognition of the importance of evidence-based practice as an essential basis for the progression of clinical practice. She assisted us in formulating this unique gathering and served as our keynote speaker.
Many of us will continue to cherish her mentorship especially because she infused an unrelenting sense of challenge and exploration without compromising our beliefs and dedication to the profession that we love as much as did she.
If you have never done so, please take a moment to read her McMillan Lecture, realizing the year in which it was written and its prognosticative impact.
For those of you too young to either remember or to have known about Helen, perhaps a few highlights are in order given that this remarkable woman had a profound influence on the direction of our profession. Dr. Hislop, who was appointed director of physical therapy at USC in 1975, served for 23 years as Division chair before her retirement in 1998. At USC, she developed the first PhD program in physical therapy in the United States, and one of the first DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) programs. To integrate research with practice, Dr. Hislop instituted evidence-based learning throughout the curriculum. She introduced clinical specialization, expanded clinical internship programs, and created physical therapy residencies.
Helen received her PT degree from the University of Iowa and then worked at Yale University Hospital where she did endocrinology research while simultaneously earning a Master’s degree in physiology from the University of Iowa. Her first faculty position was at the University of Minnesota. She also volunteered for the APTA at which time she met Catherine Worthingham who was directing the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Dr. Worthingham asked Hislop to perform a study of physical therapy education within US schools concentrating primarily on courses provided in the sciences and in clinical work. Helen’s observations emanating from this extensive study probably fueled her passion for education reform that inspired her for decades to come. After obtaining her Ph.D. from Iowa (one of the first physical therapists to acquire this degree) she was offered a job to become editor for the Journal of the APTA (todays, Physical Therapy Journal).
In 1968, while recovering from a back problem that was being treated by Jacqueline Perry in southern California, Helen was asked to become the director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey. Upon examining the curriculum of the PT schools that sent students to affiliate at Rancho, Helen became acutely aware of the shortcomings within the USC curriculum. She revamped the clinical education that those students would receive while rotating for a far longer period and exploring with them the potential for physical therapy to be far more than the prescriptive and responsive technology that many in other disciplines had labeled.
By 1971 Helen was an unpaid visiting professor at USC at which time she helped to reshape the curriculum including the creation of the first PT Ph.D. in 1978. The notion of a DPT program probably was in Dr. Hislop’s cranial drawing board by then as well. Its first class graduated in 1998 at which time I had the distinct honor of being the first commencement speaker. I talked to the graduates about their responsibilities as pioneers and the obligations to themselves and to the profession that now awaited them. The title of my talk was “Does a Visionary Dream?” In it, I reflected upon the legacy that was to become Helen Hislop.
The USC graduation on that May 8, 1998 day dragged well into the evening. Upon its conclusion, I walked Helen to her office along the poorly lit pathway. It was to be her last moment in the office she had occupied for so many years, for the next day she was moving to North Carolina. We chatted for a long time. Through her moments of reflection sprinkled with drops of insightful creativity, I was left with little doubt that the USC DPT program was already directed along a path of success and that it was only a matter of time before many other programs would follow.
We do not often have the opportunity to stand among our peers and listen to their thoughts and visions. However, after we have permitted ourselves the luxury of opening our minds to their creativity and have acknowledged their wisdom, only then can we truly recognize that we have walked with giants whose sight lines far exceed our own.
Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, FAHA
Emory University School of Medicine
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
© The McMillan Lectures. 11/1975; 55(10): 1069-80. All rights reserved
McMillan Lecture used with permission of APTA
PTAG 2013 Award Recipients
PTAG Congratulates the 2013 Award Recipients!
- Achievement in Education Award: Niamh Tunney, PT, DPT
- Horizon Award: Ingrid Allstrom Anderson, PT, DPT
- Merit Award: Deborah Michael Wendland, PT, DPT, CPed
- Outstanding Physical Therapist Award: Amie LoCicero, PT, DPT
- Legislator Award: Representative Sharon Cooper
2013 Election Results
Congratulations to the newly elected officers, district directors and delegates!
- President Elect
- Recording Secretary
- South-West District 1 Director
- West District 3 Director
- East District 5 Director
- Metro- South District 7 Director
- Northeast District 9 Director
- Chief Delegate
- 2013 Alternate Delegate
The newly elected delegates and President Barney Poole will be joining last year’s delegation as follows: Ingrid Anderson, Meg Jacobs, Daniel Dale, and Anne Thompson.
- Rose Burgett
- Monique Fuentes
- David Taylor (Vice Chair)
Important Notice Regarding License Renewal
2013 is a relicensure year for all PTs and PTAs in Georgia. Please note that the license renewal process will take longer this year due to the requirement for additional proof of citizenship. Listed below are a few key points to keep in mind when applying for a license this year:
- The State Board of Physical Therapy is expecting delays of 2 weeks or longer for processing of licenses and renewals because of the additional requirement for proof of citizenship
- Photo ID such as a drivers license or passport and other documentation will be required
- All CEU requirements must be completed prior to application process, including a four (4) hour Ethics and Jurisprudence Course OR satisfactorily passing of the current Jurisprudence Exam offered by the NFSBP
- The State Board will begin taking relicensure applications in October
- Avoid applying in late December
- If processing delays lead to a PT or PTA's license lapsing, that PT/PTA may not practice until the license is current
Functional Limitation Reporting
For a look at the notes and slides from the discussion on December 12, 2012, please click HERE.
Important Alert For All PTs Billing Outpatient Physical Therapy CPT Codes (Not G Codes) For Medicare Patients
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was mandated to collect information regarding the beneficiaries function and condition, therapy services furnished, and outcomes achieved on patient function on the claim forms by the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2012. CMS intends to utilize this information in the future to reform payment for outpatient therapy services. All practice settings that provide outpatient therapy services must include this information on the claim form.